Books: Ecco Roma!

ROME AND A VILLA (315 pp.]—Eleanor Clark—Doubleday ($4).

Aeneas never wrote a book about Rome, but hosts of subsequent travelers have more than repaired the oversight. The latest of the books about Rome is by a novelist named Eleanor Clark, and it is well worth reading. Traveler Clark saunters around Rome with her senses peeled, and lets the city work on her.

"Ecco Roma!" is her invocation. "A city of bells and hills and walls; of many trees nordic and tropical together, pine, ilex, and palm, and water and a disturbing depth of shadows; of acres of ruins, some handsome, some shabby lumps...

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