Books: Love Among the Lepers

A BURNT-OUT CASE (248 pp.)—Graham Greene—Viking ($3.95).

Alexander Pope, the bitter cripple who wrote of "that long disease, my life," never admitted his deformities into his art. Spiritual deformity—symbolized by the ultimate horror of man's physical being, leprosy—is the central theme of Graham Greene's latest and greatest novel.

In probably the longest, certainly the most intensely sustained metaphor in modern fiction, Greene has made the leper a symbol of modern man, and of the "long disease" of modern life. It is the leper's fate to die piecemeal: limbs, members, features deaden and fall from...

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