Books: See Gene Run

NINA'S BOOK by Eugene Burdick. 398 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $5.95.

Use short sentences. Keep them punchy. Run, Gene, run. Lots of sex talk, so they'll know it's not for kids. Use short, strong words, like "orgasm." Invent implausible characters. Lots of talk about food. Bond made that basic basic. Get in about the war. Invent a French girl, call her Nina. Give her attacks of compulsive eating, because she was in a concentration camp during the war. And give Nina attacks of compulsive sex. Explain how it was, not to be able to avoid doing it with the guards. The innocence-fused-with-evil bit....

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