Books: Summer Reading

THE DUKE OF GALLODORO (232 pp.)—Aubrey Menen—Scribners ($2.75).

Aubrey Menen is a half-Irish, half-Hindu satirist who likes nothing better than to undo the mental shoelaces of the English. In The Prevalence of Witches, he spoofed the pukka sahib set in India. In The Backward Bride, he showed a good Sicilian lad in the process of being poisoned by the toxic doctrines of an Oxford freethinker. In his latest novel, Author Menen grafts his wit on another culture, lets his English hero bloom like a quirky Renaissance prince.

The place is Gallodoro, a sunny Italian town living on glorious memories and bundles from America....

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