Books: Brilliant Gossip

A BIT OFF THE MAP (193 pp.)—Angus Wilson—Viking ($3.50).

I wish I loved the Human Race; I wish I loved its silly face . . .

The English, as suggested in this very English verse by Sir Walter Raleigh, late professor of English literature at Oxford, live very close to their neighbors, and thus tend to have a depressingly low view of their character, morals and appearance. Angus Wilson, England's cleverest postwar storyteller, succeeds like a gifted gossip in holding the ear of an audience which may deplore the scandalmonger but is entranced by his...

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