Books: Werther Transformed

ANTONIO IN LOVE by Giuseppe Berto. 302 pages. Knopf. $5.95.

Our young friend had in fact been accustomed for some time to the idea of the intercommunion or mutual compensation of sorrows and pleasures and experience had taught him that sorrows are not always even accompanied by pleasures so he was now surprised that he should experience some pleasures which temporarily at least came without their corresponding sorrows . . .

Fourteen lines follow this breathless passage before the sentence finally reaches a period. Even the reader who has earned his explorer's badge in trackless writing may have some initial trouble with...

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