Books: Feeling the Truth

CANNIBALS AND CHRISTIANS by Norman Mailer. 400 pages. Dial. $5.95.

Norman Mailer writes so obsessively, and says so many silly things, that the crowds he draws have learned to come with their pockets full of ripe eggs. He makes an irresistible target, like a Hyde Park orator who seems to ask for, if not necessarily to deserve, just what he gets. It is worth noting, however, that he always gets a crowd.

The literary firing line will probably pepper his latest book, which presents targets in gratifying profusion. Cannibals and Christians is mostly warmed-over Mailer:...

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