Books: Catcher in the Rice

CLOWN ON FIRE by Aaron Judah. 211 pages. Dial. $4.50.

The reader will quickly recognize him as a literary cousin of Holden Caulfield.

—Jacket blurb

I mean I recognized the goddam kid right away. He's my Jewish-Indian literary cousin Joe Hosea, the one who got thrown out of prep school in Bombay because the phonies thought he was trying to burn down the school. A very big deal. I mean all he did was drop a match in a pile of wood shavings in the carpentry shed. Then my literary aunt and uncle packed him off to military school. Way off in the Himalayas,...

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