An all , funny, hip, sad satire, this British novel by the author of My and covers a cross-country trip in America and combines and Waugh, adding a brisk bite of its own. Britisher Ben Birt meets, during his first days in New York, a very young international playgirl, Anabel, marries her (chiefly the Mann Act), and in a dubiously acquired Cadillae, sets out to tour the country. Both high class operators and drifters, they observe well and at the same time arrange both funds and insights from a race riot, a hurricane, a funeral , a revival meeting, Rena and West Coast want ads. They are aided and often basted by a shrew, who knows the dodges open to the outsider just a little better. The real between Ben and ends when, having exhausted the country, they cannot settle anywhere even with each other.... Brilliant, Jazzy, real, this novel is an entertaining and devastating of American institutions and fallacies, of the rootless, aware generation whose , morality and sharp mockery keeps it from accepting compromise. Not everyone's book but it should do well in several circles, perhaps chiefly on and just off campus.