Books: Overripeness Is All

TWO SISTERS by Gore Vidal. 256 pages. Little, Brown. $5.95.

On its handsome jacket, Two Sisters is called "A Novel in the Form of a Memoir." Inside, however, a subtitle asserts that the book is "A Memoir in the Form of a Novel." Either one will do, although readers who know something about the author's life and works may prefer the second. Outwardly combining a tale of two status-seeking females in ancient Greece with what appear to be recollections from his own life, Vidal contrives to use himself both as narrator and fictional character.

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