Blue Pastoral

by Gilbert Sorrentino. North Point Press, $18.00.

Mr. Sorrentino demonstrates, with a steady flow of puns, parodies, misquotations (deliberate), incorrect historical references (ditto), and hideous verse (presumably also ditto), that the country abounds in foolishness. That revelation is hardly adequate reward for 300 pages of code-cracking by the reader, especially when the reader has been promised a novel.