Loitering With Intent

by Peter O’ Toole. Hyperion, $21.95. Mr. O’ Tooles memoir is written in a style so idimatic and so laced with racetrack jargon that a nonBritish render may at times be baffled. The book is also not at all what one expects from a distinguished actor, for it is less concerned with the prelude to a stage career than with the author’s obsessive interest in Hitler. Mr. O’Toole was a boy during the Second World War, and Hitler made a permanent impression on his young mind. The result is an inventive, idiosyncratic, often amusing, sometimes alarming reminiscence.