Books: Is It a Book? Is It a Nightmare?

LA MAISON DE RENDEZVOUS, by Alain Robbe-Grillet. Translated by Richard Howard. 154 pages. Grove Press. $4.50.

Reading this novel by Alain Robbe-Grillet is a good deal like going to sleep with a stomachache: the night won't be comfortable, but there'll be some gaudy dreams. In his first book in six years, Robbe-Grillet's dreamy act turns round and round a series of tremulously ambiguous scenes set in Hong Kong. There is an American named Ralph Johnson who may really be a titled Englishman or even a Portuguese entrepreneur dealing in hashish, opium and girls. He...

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