Books: The Banality of Deceit OTHER PEOPLE'S WORLDS

by William Trevor; Viking; 243 pages; $10.95

OTHER PEOPLE'S WORLDS by William Trevor; Viking; 243 pages; $10.95

William Trevor is an Irish-born novelist and short-story writer highly regarded for the had understated manner in which he suggests that quot;real life" and other a illusions may be dangerous to one's health. His deadpan style disguises a compassion for the peevish, the confused and the lonely. The Old Boys (1964) and The Boarding House (1965) had funny moments; yet the novels' deeper impressions were made by sympathy for the elderly and middle-aged attempting to preserve a fleeting respectability. The Love Department (1967) rollicked along...

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