Books: Great White Father

THE WHITE MONK OF TIMBUCTOO— William Seabrook—Harcourt, Brace ($3).

Three years ago Traveler Seabrook told the U. S. something about Timbuctoo's No. 1 Citizen. Père Yakouba; last week he published the old man's informal but official biography. Written in Author Seabrook's usual man-to-mannish style, The White Monk of Timbuctoo is a racily sympathetic account of an unusual career. Devout Catholics will read it, if at all, as a warning; plain readers, as vicarious adventure.

Auguste Dupuis, known in his adopted city of Timbuctoo as Père Yakouba, is an old (69) and somewhat remorseful man now....