Books: Daydream

MEMORY OF LOVE—Bessie Breuer—Simon & Schuster ($2).

Author Breuer compares modern love to a nickel-in-the-slot piano: "Sad and twanging and uneven and the old sacred chords breaking through." This should be fair warning to readers who like a more classical-romantic tune. Memory of Love is an ambitious attempt to transpose the old sweet song into what traditional troubadours will call a purely imaginary key. Author Breuer is a woman but she writes her story in the masculine first person. Her feminine peers may see in her novel the projection of a feminine daydream : how it would feel to be a lady-killer.

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