Books: The Filing Cabinet by the River

PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES by Shirley Hazzard. 179 pages. Knopf. $4.95.

The people in this glass house throw pebbles, not stones, and such damage as they do is not to flesh but to sensibilities. Since the house is tall, stands on the bank of Manhattan's East River and is a monument to international good works, it may be as well to see it as U.N. headquarters. Shirley Hazzard calls it simply the Organization—though she worked at the U.N. for ten years. The characters represent many nations, but, above all, they represent one way of life. What they do and say provides a...

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