Books: French Waugh

THE BEST BUTTER (247 pp.)—Jean Uutourd—Simon & Schuster ($3.50).

In 1940, Monsieur and Madame Poissonard are a modest little Parisian couple who keep a modest little dairy shop called An Bon Beurre. In 1950 the Poissonards have 47 million francs, a garish apartment, a country estate, and a son-in-law who is a member of parliament. The shortest distance between these two points is crooked—and savagely funny. French Satirist Jean (A Dog's Head) Dutourd has lampooned not only war profiteers but France itself, a country which has earned more justly than England, the reputation of being "a nation of shopkeepers."

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