Books: Mothers and Masochists

DOWN AMONG THE WOMEN

by FAY WELDON 216 pages. St. Martin's Press. $6.50.

As Lit. 73 lecturers like Tom Wolfe keep saying, any number of mod subjects are better served by the New Journalism than by that creaky old party, the novel. But the condition of women does not happen to be one of them.

Even readers who agree with the parajournalists of Women's Liberation are often embarrassed to find their positions taken with so much self-pity and self-righteousness, with such bloated excesses of tractarian rhetoric. In stark contrast stand the lean, sharp novels...

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