Books: Withdrawal Symptoms

THE SKI BUM by Romain Gary. 244 pages. Harper & Row. $4.95.

The spring of 1963, to hear Novelist Gary tell it, was the time when all the bright and earnest college kids in Europe were high on Pope John XXIII and nuclear disarmament. But Lenny, the ski bum, is not bright and earnest. He is bright and cynical, a young American who sees himself as fallout from the population explosion. On the lam from living, he finds escape only in the purity of the Swiss snow fields, where he maintains himself all winter by giving ski lessons, and sometimes his fair...

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