Books: Consequences

IMPASSIONED PYGMIES—Keith Winter —Doubleday, Doran ($2.50).

In the parlor game of '"Consequences," unlikely characters are confronted with each other; their cross-purposed dialog and action are sometimes funny. As a serious literary trick, Plato used the same device; so did Walter Savage Landor, British Novelist Keith Winter's latest book is based on this "consequential"' scheme. Suppose that D. H. Lawrence, surrounded by sycophants, went to Mallorca to die. Suppose Noel Coward, vacationing, became his neighbor. What would happen? On this lively supposition Author Winter has written a tale that is blurbed as another South Wind but is more like Somerset Maugham's spiteful Cakes...

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