Books: Light & Impolite

THE FIG TREE (192 pp.) — Aubrey Menen — Scribner ($3.50).

"There are three things which are real," Indian-Irish Author Aubrey Menen once wrote, "God, human folly, and laughter. Since the first two pass our comprehension, we must do what we can with the third." Urbane Satirist Menen has siphoned laughter out of stuffy pukka sahibs (The Prevalence of Witches') and sacred Hindu myths (The Ramayana). Rarely has his comic touch been lighter or more impolite than in this current spoof on science and sex.

Fig Tree's hero Harry Wesley is an English Nobel-prizewinning biologist with a yen to help humanity. His secret...

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