Books: The Kamikosmonaut

GARDEN ON THE MOON by Pierre Boulle. 315 pages. Vanguard. $4.95.

The year is 1970, and the first human being has just set foot on the moon. But what's this he's carrying? A paintbox, some drawing paper, a few garden tools, three kimonos and two bottles of Scotch. He shouts a soundless "Banzai!" into the wastes of the Sea of Serenity, dashes off a haiku or two, and quickly builds himself a Zen rock garden. The inscrutable Nipponese have beaten Russia and the U.S. to the moon.

That's about the only surprise in the new novel by Pierre Boulle (Bridge Over the River...

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