Books: Mutters of Life and Death

THE PAPER MEN by William Golding; Farrar, Straus & Giroux 191 pages; $13.95

New writings by Nobel laureates always cause a stir of comment, but this novel by Author William Golding arrives in the slip stream of controversy as well. The decision last fall by the Swedish Academy to confer the 1983 prize on Golding aroused unusual ire; one academy member was angered enough to make an unprecedented public complaint. Critics quickly chimed in, charging that Golding's work was not up to Nobel standards and that a number of worthier candidates had been...

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