Books: Subhuman Wasteland

THE EDGE OF THE ALPHABET (303 pp.)—Janet Frame—Braziller ($4.95).

"Man is the only species for whom the disposal of waste is a burden . . . especially when he learns to include himself, living and dead, in the list of waste products." Thus does Author Janet Frame begin a strange book about three wasted lives in a dim world that she calls "the edge of the alphabet." The phrase has a properly demented ring, and because Novelist Frame, in both fact and fiction, has spent some time in asylums, the reader at first thinks he is once more on the now depressingly...

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