Books: Hollywood Safari

WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART (344 pp.) —Pefer Viertel—Doubleday ($3.95).

The problem of this novel is: How are you going to keep them down on the sound stage after they've read Ernest Hemingway? Ever since he thrilled to The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, the famous Hollywood director, John Wilson, had been burning in his soul to look down the sight of a .475 into the little blue-black eyes of a charging elephant.

"Kid," he told his sidekick, Screenwriter Peter Verrill, "it's not a crime to kill an elephant. It's bigger than that . . . It's a sin . . . The...

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