Books: Galloping Lust, Crawling Remorse

SAUCE FOR THE GOOSE by Peter De Vries; Little, Brown; 232 pages; $11.95

Peter De Vries is one of those sad comics with bloodhound eyes who seem to be sniffing their gloomy way toward the ultimate one-liner: "All flesh is as grass." Or "Id is not just another big word." Or maybe: "Nostalgia isn't what it used to be." The perfect allegorical hero for De Vries might be a Dutch Calvinist furniture mover from Chicago (like De Vries' father), carrying the world on his shoulders—especially the heavy end with the lode of guilt.

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