Books: Exotic Marshmallow

KUMARI (287 pp.)—William Buchan —Morrow ($3.50).

With this novel of romance and intrigue, the second son of the late Lord Tweedsmuir, more widely known as John (The 39 Steps') Buchan, takes his own first fictional step. Buchan fils proves that like Buchan pere he can turn a marsh-mallow-weight tale until it is neatly toasted. The setting is India; the set is buna sahib; the time is mainly the '30s; the season is boredom. But at least two men and one woman think there is more to India than what can be seen through the bottom of a gin-sling glass.

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