Books: Recapturing the Flag

RULE BRITANNIA by DAPHNE DU MAURIER 335 pages. Doubleday. $6.95.

She still writes with Victorian verve, and each of her chapters ends with an upbeat sentence that impels the reader on. But Miss du Maurier's latest novel lacks the suspense, pageantry and ro mantic insight of Rebecca, French man's Creek or even the recent best-selling House on the Strand.

The scene is her beloved Cornwall again, but the matter, this time, is xeno phobia— slick anti-Americanism to be precise. It is the near future. Britain's entry into the Common Market has proved an economic...

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