Books: One Man's Family

THE ARRANGEMENT by Elia Kazan. 444 pages. Stein & Day. $6.95.

Can the sensitive, cigarette huckster son of a despotic Greek rug dealer find happiness with the sleep-around daughter of a small-town Dixie bigot? Well, sort of. If you give him 444 pages to work up to it.

A more important question is: How did Director Elia Kazan, whose America America was a moving and perceptive first novel, come to manufacture this muddled, massive mistake? Perhaps the answer lies in Kazan's past as an Academy Award-winning film maker. His publishers tried to make the most of it by throwing a splashy show-biz-style,...

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