Books: Life of a Non-Pukka Sahib

SNAKE MAN (269 pp.)—Alan Wykes—Simon & Schuster ($4.50).

An animal may be a publisher's best friend these days. Of late, zoophilous readers have embraced a lioness (Born Free), an otter (Ring of Bright Water) and an entire menagerie (A Zoo in My Luggage). A while back, in his pre-otter period, Gavin Maxwell was out shark hunting (Harpoon at a Venture), and that confirmed medievalist, T. H. White (The Once and Future King), was engaged in the bruising task of training The Goshawk. Now snakes, perhaps the oddest pets of all, have slithered upon...

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