Books: Trip to a Foreign Land

APPENDIX A by Hayden Carruth. 302 pages. Macmillan. $4.95.

For the 302 pages of this unsettling book, the reader is imprisoned in the mind of a man who has suffered and is now suffering a total nervous collapse. Anybody who wants to know the identity of that man need only "look at the title page," according to Author Hayden Carruth. Carruth's self-described "novel or autobiography or dissertation" is not neatly scissored to easily discernible patterns; rather, it comes spooling off the mind of the narrator in grea loops and tangles of yarn. But its...

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