Books: Tummy-Ache

THE PARASITES (305 pp.)—Daphne du Maurier—Doubled ay ($3).

"The bath water . . . pours from the taps with a great splash of sound, and as it runs you sing above it . . . It's funny, Maria would think, soaping herself with a loofah, that in the evening, if you have a bath, your tummy is round and rather full, but in the morning it is flat as a board, and hard."

Daphne du Maurier's new novel (her first about contemporary life since 138's bestselling Rebecca) is so plumply padded with this sort of...

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