Books: Souffle with a Sail

THE HONOR OF GASTON LE TORCH (276 pp.)—Jacques Ferret—Norton ($3.50).

No man likes to find a stain on his family's honor, least of all an old French infantryman who has given the 30 best years of his life to his country. Gaston Le Torch had suffered enough wounds to rate a decent pension, was married to a sensible, loving wife who honored him for a missing eye and a severed thumb, and had philosophically tucked his handful of medals into an old cigar box. With nothing else to occupy him after World War I, Gaston...

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