Books: Pieces of Eightball

WESTWARD TO LAUGHTER by Colin MacInnes. 237 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $5.95.

Aye, Colin Maclnnes. Yon's what comes of reading too many 18th century novels. The daft lad's gone and written one himself.

Can this be the Maclnnes who stocked his trilogy, The London Novels, with the very latest bulletins on the young, the black and the disenfranchised? Well, yes and no—and there's the problem.

At one level, Maclnnes is still knowledgeably documenting his casebook on people-exploiting-people. For beneath the mock-replica Tom Jones style, Westward to Laughter is a kind of quick history of...

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