Books: Modernist Miracle

THE GARDENER WHO SAW GOD—Edward James—Scribner ($2.50).

Joseph Smith, a diffident, conscientious young man with moist hands and an awkward, absent-minded manner, was head gardener at Wotton Vanborough. In this subtly cockeyed novel so much is clear from the start. And his master, Sir John, was the son of a courtly rake whose adventures in the Edwardian era had burdened a number of titled matrons with offspring of discreetly doubtful parentage. One of the doubtful ones was Diana Haddon, now twentyish and one of London's brightest young things, at the moment dallying innocently with...

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