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THE REALMS OF GOLD

by MARGARET DRABBLE

354 pages. Knopf. $8.95.

There is no greater test of character than bad luck—except, British Novelist Margaret Drabble suggests, good luck. The heroine of her latest novel owns a cornucopia: money, a handsome London house, a triumphant career as an archaeologist, four well-behaved children, a liberating divorce and a sensitive lover. She is also afflicted with an abundance of 20th century guilt. What has she done to deserve all this? she muses. "Her grandfather had grown tomatoes and potatoes. Her father had studied newts and become a...

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