Books: Passage from India

THE BIRDS OF PARADISE (280 pp.)—Paul Scott—William Morrow ($3.95).

For Englishmen who knew it. suggests English Writer Paul Scott. India was not so much a political territory abandoned in 1947 as a continuing province of the heart—where seasons of love and hate are often slow to change. Exploring the life of one Englishman so smitten, Scott has turned out a strange novel, the kind of far-flung romantic British tale that might have been accused of Maughamism if its hero did not suffer so monumentally from an Oedipus complex. The lady in question is not...

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