Books: Bedroom Odyssey

A GHOST AT NOON (247 pp.)—Alberto Moravia—Farrar, Straus (3.50).

When a man who is desperately in love with his wife discovers that she despises him, he naturally tries to do something about it. Riccardo did something about it: he talked and talked. Why, he asked Emilia, do you despise me? What have I done? Can't we talk it over? Riccardo also thought and thought. Is it my character She hates? Does she think I'm using her to get on in my work? Have I fallen from grace because I go on being a scriptwriter when I really want to be a playwright?...

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