Books: Hammock Romance

TALE OF THREE CITIES—D. L. Murray—Knopf ($3).

Tale of Three Cities will trouble neither the ghost of Charles Dickens nor the minds of the hammock readers, its probable audience. It is quite harmless. But like most of the other "historical novels" whose chief distinction lies in the fact that they are too heavy to be shipped by parcel post, its interest lies mainly in suggesting the question: why anyone should have taken the trouble to write it.

The three cities are, in that order, Rome, London, Paris. In Rome young Deodato is a foundling, serving, unwillingly, as a...

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