Books: Sicilian Ecstasies

AN END TO CHIVALRY by Tom Cole. 210 pages. Atlantic-Little, Brown. $4.95.

"Explosions. Vespas bursting into the left ear and out the right. Trucks with wheels of stone rumbling down the middle of the bed." Thus two Americans awake to the "normal havoc" of a Sicilian morning. Howard is a huge, blond, earnest young graduate student; Sarah, his wife, is a humorous, easygoing girl with honey-colored hair and long shapely legs. They have come to Agrigento to inspect the Grecian ruins and enjoy the local color; but they stay, as Author Tom Cole relates in the superb novella that dominates his first...

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