Books: Cold and Grey

THE PARADOX PLAYERS by Maureen Duffy. 221 pages. Simon & Schuster. $4.95.

This is a good book that perhaps only an Englishman could love. Miss Duffy's novel deals with the struggles of a young writer who lives on a houseboat moored in the Thames. Separated from his wife and child, mired in an unpromising literary career, he tries to find himself by casting off the paraphernalia of modern life. His boat turns out to be rot-ridden and spider-struck. Every night cats and rats perform a dance of death on his cabin roof. Worse, the free spirits whom he expected to find among...

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