Books: Three-Card Trick

THE LAST JEW IN AMERICA by Leslie Fiedler. 191 pages. Stein & Day. $4.95.

Somewhat like the man in the sick joke who was recovering from radical throat surgery, and said it only hurt when he laughed, Leslie Fiedler, critic and novelist, only laughs when it hurts.

Fiedler hurts from the raw places in contemporary life where the minority —Negro, Jew, social dissident or sexual deviate—is abraded by community judgment. In his latest book, which consists of three comic novellas, he laughs as he plays confident conjuring tricks with cards of racial identity....

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