Books: Short Notices: Mar. 24, 1961

THE TALENT SCOUT, by Remain Gary (209 pp.; Harper; $3.75), is a potboiler with a difference. The difference is the devil. Not that he ever appears, but he is at the heart of a readable but contrived political allegory which talented Novelist Gary (The Roots of Heaven, Lady L) could have written only in a state of boredom. Gary's Faust is Jose, a South American adventurer who figures that if he is bad enough, the devil will see that he makes good. Relatively ordinary vices (pimping, incest) do not seem to work, but when he turns to politics, the devil makes...

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