IN THE REVIEW

Chumps and Chimps

Mantissa

by John Fowles

God's Grace

by Bernard Malamud
John Fowles and Bernard Malamud have written novels out of character—from the former, a literary jest, from the latter, a parable. John Fowles has never been less than an interesting novelist. Often enough, considerably more than that. In Mantissa, his alter ego, novelist Miles Green, observes: “Serious modern fiction has …

Notes on Expo

The last time I was in Montreal, my home town, was in 1964. Québec Libre was freshly painted on many a wall, and students were fixing stickers that read Québec Qui Ottawa Non on car windows. Militant French Canadian Separatism, and not Expo, was the talking point. I had returned …

A Hero of Our Time

Paper Lion

by George Plimpton
Watching Luis Miguel Dominguin fight in Valencia in 1951, I suddenly saw a scrawny boy, two rows down, leap from his seat, vault the barrera, broomstick and sack in hand, and make it clear on to the sands of the bull ring, stamping his foot for the bull to charge.

Wilson in Canada

O Canada: An American's Notes on Canadian Culture

by Edmund Wilson
Two years from now (LBJ willing, French Canada permitting), Canada will be a hundred years old and this, The Unknown Country, The Golden Hinge, The Uneasy Neighbor, The Giant of the North, will be transmogrified, albeit along decent Presbyterian lines, into a Disneyland that will rock ‘n’ roll from coast …