Books: Turnabout What?

REGIMENT OF WOMEN by THOMAS BERGER 349 pages. Simon & Schuster. $8.95.

The author of a novel as good as Thomas Berger's Little Big Man is not soon forgiven. That marvelous saddlebag full of lies from the Old West was too crankily individualistic for the kind of discreet repetition that is the basis of a successful literary career. Yet anything short of a second Little Big Man is likely to be waved fretfully away by Berger's most devoted admirers.

The writer of this review, a Little Big Man fanatic, has never been able...

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