Books: Pot-Boyler

AVALANCHE — /Co/ Boyle — Simon & Schuster ($2.50).

Kay Boyle has sold the Left Bank down the river. For some 20 years a per sistent expatriate, Minnesota-born Novel ist Boyle is the author of Gentlemen, I Address You Privately, Plagued by the Nightingale and eleven other volumes about complex, erratic and usually perverse characters. Author Boyle's writing has been called "obscure," "elliptical," "addled," "sinewy," and possessed of a "cold greenish brilliance."

None of these adjectives fits a single line of Avalanche. Written as a Sateve post serial, it is spectacular melodrama, sometimes...

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