This is pretty much of a pot-pourri by the author of Malaisie, a former Goncourt prize winner. The first section is a rather sensitive, charming pastiche of the author's childhood. The next few sections are personal experiences during the years spent in the Far East, the scene of his novel, of voo-doo and death in the swamp-bound, torrid, isolated jungle land. Then follows a rather fanciful, idyllic short story, and the last part is a brief against war in allegory form. Such a medley requires a skilful pen, but Fauconnier writes with sufficient artistry to handle these diversified forms. Outstanding are the jungle episodes, which he portrays with color, suspense and restraint.