Books: A Lost Lady

A FAIRLY GOOD TIME by Mavis Gallant. 308 pages. Random House. $5.95.

Goodside's goodside's gander Witha watha wares How sad to punch a poor old man! And throw him down the stare's!

This surreal version of a nursery rhyme is from the pen of Geneviève Deschranes, an imbecile French housewife with an abnormally small vagina. Regularly, Geneviève sends twenty-page love letters—disguised as chapters of a novel —to Philippe Perrigny, a second-rate French journalist who believes that lurking somewhere in the depths of perfidious Albion's Mother Goose is a symbolic answer to the riddle of...

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