Books: Homage to Naples

THE GALLERY (342 pp.]—John Home Burns—Harper ($3).

"There's an arcade in Naples that they call the Gallería Umberto Primo. It's a cross between a railroad station and a church. You think you're in a museum till you see the bars and the shops. Once this Gallería had a dome of glass, but the bombings of Naples shattered this skylight, and tinkling glass fell like cruel snow

to the pavement. But life went on in the Gallería. In August 1944, it was the unofficial heart of Naples. It was a living and subdividing cell of vermouth,...

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