Books: Speaking of Angels

ALL HEAVEN IN A RAGE

by MAUREEN DUFFY

207 pages. Knopf. $5.95.

The English send CARE packages to needy sheep dogs in Scotland, yet lead the world in the ritual demolition of foxes. For their sins and sensitivities, they deserve this odd, sporadically charming book, which blends dotty episodes—suitable for framing on The Avengers—with a moral message about the beastliness of man to beast and man alike.

Convict Jarvis Chuff, a brainy, pacific and proletarian train robber, finds himself mysteriously sprung from the nick. His benefactors turn out to be a wealthy singer turned princess by marriage, a Church of England vicar, an...

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