Books: Time of Trembles

THE LISBON EARTHQUAKE (255 pp.)—T. D. Kendrick—Lippincott ($4).

DISASTER AT DUNDEE (240 pp.)—John Prebble—Harcourf, Brace ($4).

John Wesley, a specialist in bringing the wicked to their senses, conceded that for work of this kind, nothing was handier than an earthquake. "There is no divine visitation." he wrote with a connoisseur's relish, "which is likely to have so general an influence upon sinners." Methodism's Founder Wesley thus neatly expressed the theme of a curious and scholarly account of the great Lisbon earthquake, in which Sir Thomas D. (for Downing) Kendrick now traces the long-forgotten relation...