The Devil Tree

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by Jerzy Kosinski. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, $6.95. Mr. Kosinski’s hero is a poor little rich boy whose money can buy him anything except happiness. Even if the tale is taken as a metaphor for American society, and granting full credit for a fashionable profusion of improprieties, there is a whiff of roast chestnut about this scheme.