Books: Emptiness Puffed Up

THE ADAPTABLE MAN by Janet Frame. 277 pages. Braziller. $4.95.

"I, the Rev. Aisley Maude . . . woke one morning, made my usual morning adjustment to God, with my Christian faith set strongly behind me, and my human limitation protecting me from too obliterating a vision, only to find that the picture was blurred, that God had moved, that the steadfast landmark, feature of all my maps, routes, views, references, had become an unidentifiable shadow. Now, if you are photographing an ancient monument of stone, and the stone moves and the photograph is blurred, perhaps it is wise to tell no...

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