FICTION: The YEAR'S BEST

LADY L., by Remain Gary. A relatively slight and urbane book, but one that the year needed. The British lady turns out to be a reformed French prostitute, and her old anarchist lover is cast as Author Gary's target: a handsome, humorless fellow so bent on saving humanity that he forgets the nature of humans and their occasional indisposition to be saved.

THE CAPTIVE AND THE FREE, by Joyce Cary.

Novelist Gary died before he could finish his book, but his imperfect work has more of life's stuff in it than all but a...

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