Books: Stately Tome

EUSTACE AND HILDA (736 pp.)—L. P. Hartley—British Book Centre ($5.95).

Once upon a time, and a very leisurely time it was, a novel resembled a sheaf of obituary notices; it took various characters from the cradle to the grave and firmly left them there. Nowadays, when a novel may resemble anything from an unrhymed poem to an unprintable pamphlet or an analyst's case book, there is something refreshing about this old-style trilogy (its component novels were published in the U.S. more than a decade ago, but this is the first U.S. publication of all three...