Books: Is Love a Bridge?

THE SEED AND THE SOWER by Laurens van der Post. 256 pages. William Morrow. $4.50.

South Africa-born Author Laurens van der Post has spent half a lifetime trying to prove to himself that what Conrad took to be the heart of darkness contains, in reality, the roots of heaven.

His most notable books—The Heart of the Hunter and The Lost World of the Kalahari—were eloquent nonfiction accounts of the African Bushmen who, like other primitive peoples, Van der Post believes, are subconsciously in tune with a healing universal human memory. Now, in an episodic...

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