Books: Autumnal View

MAY WE BORROW YOUR HUSBAND? & OTHER COMEDIES OF THE SEXUAL LIFE by Graham Greene. 183 pages. Viking Press. $4.50.

"Grim grin" is the way some of his stiff-lipped countrymen seem to pronounce his name, offering a capsule description of the man's work. Graham Greene's fiction over the past four decades has alternated between pain and painful pleasure. He has explored the depths of damnation—and salvation—but with gusto, he has also turned out masterly, this-worldly entertainments. Perhaps the difference between the two is not really as great as it sometimes seems.

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