Books: The Silence of Forgiveness

MRS. ECKDORF IN O'NEILL'S HOTEL by William Trevor. 304 pages. Viking. $5.95.

Novelists, like photographers, may be divided between those who put sharp edges on life and those who prefer the soft focus. William (The Old Boys) Trevor belongs with the best of the impressionists—those who view the world as if through the haze of a slightly sad and baffling dream.

A County Cork man himself, Trevor has spread an eery Irish mist over the shabby Dublin back street where O'Neill's Hotel stands in bewitched semi-ruin. On the top floor lives the proprietor, Mrs. Sinnott, at 91 a legendary personage. Half-Irish, half-Venetian and...

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