Books: A Balzac for the Beasts?

THE NEW NOAH'S ARK — André Demaison — Macmillan ($2.50).

When André Demaison treats of human beings, he is merely a cultivated, steel-hard French Colonial businessman who seems to be unable to write badly. When he describes a primeval, half-witted stowaway he begins to warm up. When he writes of beasts and birds and reptiles, he is a blend of scientist, sensualist and mystic, but above all he is an exact and subtle artist, at ease in a world entirely his own. Demaison plans a series of volumes — for which his over-all title is...

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