Books: A Carnival of Humbug

ANGLO-SAXON ATTITUDES (410 pp.)-Angus Wilson-Viking ($4.50).

Angus Wilson is a social satirist with an itchy trigger finger. The novel is his shooting gallery, and the characters he sets up as targets not only have clay feet but clay minds and clay hearts as well. Anglo-Saxon Attitudes is his longest, cleverest and most annihilating display of literary marksmanship to date, and after it is all over, what hangs in the air is the acrid odor of an unrelenting misanthropy.

A Joke on Tame Cats. The theme of Anglo-Saxon Attitudes is fraud leavened with a little Freud. In particular, it is the kind of...

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