Books: Lament for a Lost Eden

BEYOND THE AEGEAN (260 pp.)—Ilias Venezis—Vanguard ($3.50).

Some novels unwind like a spool of thread, others are woven like a basket. A spool-of-thread novel simply asks to be followed to reveal its meaning. A basket novel, on the other hand, is fashioned to cradle its meaning, and that meaning may be as evanescent as a mood or as intangible as a memory of a bygone time and place. Beyond the Aegean is a basket novel, and its artful strands hold an evocation of pastoral serenity, the life of the Greek community in Asia Minor before the coining of World War I, a...

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