Books: The Worm in the Apple

THE GREENGAGE SUMMER (218 pp.)—Rumer Godden—Viking ($3.50).

The literary voice of Rumer (Black Narcissus) Godden is soft, gentle and low, and so are her subjects—sensitive children, nuns, quietly contented families and the timeless tranquillities of India and England. It is always something of a shock when her characters come upon the worm of experience in the apple of innocence. But find it they do. After that Author Godden usually chucks the reader under his chin and reminds him that the world of man really began with a little knowledge of good and evil.

Rumer Godden's new novel starts innocently enough with five...

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