Books: Island of Fantasy

WORDS ARE STONES: IMPRESSIONS OF SICILY (212 pp.)—Carlo Lev!—Farrar, Straus & Cudahy ($3.75).

Underneath Sicily lies forever a Cyclops, crushed beneath the land's great weight, through the -vengeance of the gods. His mouth is beneath Etna, and hurls forth flames of lava . . .

To plain Sicilians, such legends are not old wives' tales but part of everyday life —along with Christian miracles, Saracen tales of derring-do, and glittering fantasies of the U.S. way of life. The background against which these visions take shape is composed of blasted heaths and stark, sun-baked mountains; in the foreground are a rich aristocracy and poor...

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