In This Review

The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey
The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey
By Salman Rushdie
Viking, 1987, 170 pp.

The intellectual objectivity of an Indian journalist and novelist struggles against his Third World sympathies and his naïveté, and comes off a distant second. The writing, recounting a three-week visit to Nicaragua, is graceful and absorbing. But it is at the service of ideology, and the author celebrates the findings that faith had certified in advance.