Books: The Turning Tide

THE WOODEN SHEPHERDESS by RICHARD HUGHES 389 pages. Harper & Row. $7.50. "All that nonfiction can do is answer questions," British Novelist Richard Hughes once said. "It's fiction's business to ask them." Yet Hughes is trying to have it both ways in his long multivolume historical novel about the roots of World War II, which began with The Fox in the Attic in 1962. He puts his imaginary characters through the usual novelistic hoops—love affairs, deaths, getting and spending. At the same time he trundles on historical figures like Hitler and Lloyd George...

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