Books: Look Back in Belligerence

A CAB AT THE DOOR by V.S. Pritchett. 244 pages. Random House. $5.95.

Still another totally recalled English boyhood? One more sensitive child of privilege weaning himself from old Nanny and stumbling gamely onto the fields of Eton? Not at all. V.S. (for Victor Sawdon) Pritchett's brilliantly belligerent account of his first 20 years is about as far as a memoir can get from the usual look-back-in-languor.

Heretofore, Pritchett's eminence has derived from his travel articles and books, his suavely ironic short stories and his book reviews (mostly for Britain's New Statesman), which make him...

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