Books: Johnny One-Note

ALL WOMEN ARE FATAL by Claude Mauriac. 308 pages. Braz///er. $4.95.

Bertrand Carnejoux is a roving young journalist of notable amatory agility. Every ripple in the stream of his consciousness reflects a preoccupation with sex, and he introduces a dozen different mistresses in the first 50 pages. But on page 31, Bertrand begins to speculate about writing a treatise, in the form of a novel, to be titled: The Phenomenology of Physical Love. The secret is out; this Don Juan is not a sexual athlete but a literary one, an aspiring philosopher of womanizing. As the reader reads on, he discovers that...

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