THE SPANISH SOLDIER
by HERBERT BUCKHOLZ 344 pages. Charterhouse. $7.95.
The author's artistic and intellectual pretensions run a thrilling race with his talent through the pages of this dizzy comic novel. After being ahead for long sections of the book, talent loses out only in the last chapters. There is a certain spectator interest to this peculiar struggle (Will Buckholz really blow the whole thing? Can he possibly save anything?). Still, it is a relief when the readerand apparently the novelistrealizes that absolutely nothing in The Spanish Soldier is to be taken seriously, not even the pretensions.
By this point, however, Buckholz's bad angel...