Books: Examined Lives

THE GOAT, THE WOLF, AND THE CRAB

by GILLIAN MARTIN 186 pages. Scribners. $7.95.

Hannah Jackson, 42, is told by her doctor that she has cancer of the cervix. Fortunately the disease is at an early stage. One operation and then Hannah can resume the life of a middle-class English suburban housewife. She says no. She will take the two years remaining to her, thank you, and call it a life. Irked at having his advice dismissed so airily, and by a woman to boot, the doctor asks Hannah why. "I have not done anything at all without someone else's interests being the...

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