Books: Last Fling

HEAVEN HAS No FAVORITES (302 pp.)—Erich Maria Remarque — Harcourt, Brace & World ($4.50).

Ever since All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque, 63, has probably made more out of death than the most fashionable undertakers. Mooning about death allows the author to pseudo-philosophize world-wearily on man's transitory state, enhances the characters' sense of the wonder of life, and gives a love affair the tang of teary urgency. Lillian and Clerfayte, the leading characters of his latest novel, have that kind of tangy affair. Lillian is a 24-year-old tuberculous patient in a Swiss Alpine sani-torium, and her X rays...

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