Books: Mixed Fiction, Nov. 17, 1958

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN, by Pierre Boulle (281 pp.; Vanguard; $3.50), is another one of those novels that try to prove that good and kind Americans are really dumb Americans. Ironic Frenchman Boulle (The Bridge over the River Kwai) is too blasé to join forces openly with embittered Briton Graham (The Quiet American) Greene, but he makes it plain in his book that there is no place for naive, warmhearted U.S. do-gooders in cold-war country. True to his Gallic instincts, he makes his American boob a woman. Patricia is the wife of a Frenchman who expertly...

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