Books: Ostrea Edulis & Others

THE OYSTERS OF LOCMARIAQUER by Eleanor Clark. 203 pages. Pantheon. $4.95.

Was one Sergius Orata the noblest and least appreciated Roman of them all? While more militant Romans were battling the Cimbri along the Rhine toward the end of the 2nd century B.C. and the poet Lucilius was pouring out his satires, Sergius Orata was pouring his considerable fortune into his single passion—the cultivation of the oyster. The ups and downs of that bivalvular mollusk ever since are the subject of Novelist Clark's book—a witty blend of fact, fable and fine poetic nonsense....

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