Books: Recessional

A GUEST OF HONOUR by Nadine Gordimer. 504 pages. Viking. $8.95.

The casualty list of world revolution is endlessly varied, and as S. I. Hayakawa said while bullhorning protesters off the San Francisco State campus, "There are no innocent bystanders." That includes such perfect gentlemen as Colonel James Bray, the hero of Nadine Gordimer's fifth novel.

Bray is a 54-year-old former administrator for one of Her Majesty's former African colonies. No Blimp bucking the winds of change, he was cashiered for showing too much sympathy for the local independence movement. After independence, Bray accepts...

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