Books: Carib Rib

A NUMBER OF THINGS (248 pp.)—Honor Tracy—Random House ($3.95).

In this patchy, fast-paced comic novel, Irish-Scottish Honor Tracy emerges as a satirist wielding bludgeon and scalpel in defense of the Establishment—that in domitable, mutual-aid group of clergy, big business and old school ties who rule Britain, no matter who wins the elections. Her hero, a proper and rather priggish young Briton named Henry Lamb, is sent to Trinidad in the West Indies as correspondent of Torch, a lit'ry weekly "that's going to teach us all to live." In Trinidad, gushes Torch's lisping editor,...

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