Books: Poor White Trash

THE CAMP OF THE SAINTS

by JEAN RASPAIL

Translated by NORMAN SHAPIRO

311 pages. Scribner's. $8.95.

For those who have always wondered what it would feel like to be worked over by the Gestapo, French Essayist and Novelist Jean Raspail has concocted a reasonable facsimile. The Camp of the Saints shrewdly exploits a dilemma that the world may well face: the moment when the burgeoning Third World rises from misery and forces the West to share more of its resources. Apocalyptic fiction could come from this chilling premise, but Raspail, 50, is willing to settle...

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