Books: Mayhem & Manners

THE GOLDEN FRUITS by Nathalie Sarraute. 177 pages. Braziller. $4. Should I, after tea and cakes and ices, Have the strength to force the moment to its crisis? —T. S. Eliot

Baldly stated, French Novelist Nathalie Sarraute's newest novel is a plotless collection of cultural chatter about an imaginary French novel. Like her own book, the new work is called The Golden Fruits. It is praised extravagantly by a few literary lions. Cultural toadies in Parisian salons begin to croak approvingly about it. A few foolish rebels dare suggest it is unreadable.

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