Books: Remembrance of Loves Past

THE FILM OF MEMORY (171 pp.)—Maurice Druon—Scrlbner's ($3).

The timid new hotel chambermaid is warned to expect trouble from the countess, for Lucrezia Sanziani is dotty, penniless and old—a kind of walking Roman ruin. Fresh from Rome's Trastevere slums, Carmela, the young chambermaid, is prepared to quake at the countess' least whim. Instead, she finds herself cast as a confidante of yesteryear in the old lady's wandering mind. Each day, in the afterglow of the Roman twilight, the countess stares deeply into her Florentine silver-gilt hand mirror and conjures up a hallucinated remembrance of...

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