PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS BE KIND
by WILFRID SHEED
374 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
As a book reviewer of the highest order, and a scorner most subtle, Wilfrid Sheed can light up another man's novel, amuse the children by blowing smoke rings for a quarter of an hour, and then stub out the butt with a gesture so incisive that the wretched author resolves to forswear literature and apprentice himself to a tree surgeon. But Sheed is also a novelist himself, so skilled that a few years ago, in Max Jamieson, he managed to...