Books: Peace to the Pachyderms

THE ROOTS OF HEAVEN (372 pp.)—Romain Gary—Simon & Schuster ($4.50).

The wise old elephant, it seems,

Is seldom troubled by bad dreams . . .

On the basis of this British undergraduates' ditty, French Novelist Romain Gary has constructed a modern fable, and good fables, like nursery rhymes, must command belief. As a man of action (he was a hero of the French air force, is now French consul general in Los Angeles), Author Gary understands this well, has written his story in the idiom of documentary journalism. It is completely successful—one of the best...

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