Books: Towering Babel

ALL ABOUT H. HATTERR by G.V. Desani. 287 pages. Farrar, Straus & G/roux. $5.95.

Some books make the reviewer want to shout; others, to weep; still others, to pontificate. All About H. Hatterr makes one simply want to point at the words on the page. When a novel speaks for itself with such a bizarre and delightful voice as this one does, to paraphrase would be travesty. What can be said in mere critical language, for example, about the following passage, which ends the book?

"I carry on. Meanwhile, and regardless, I am putting questions...

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