Critics' Choice: Jan. 2, 1989

BOOKS

THE LYRE OF ORPHEUS by Robertson Davies (Viking; $19.95). The third novel in a trilogy about the life and aftereffects of an eccentric millionaire. An engaging plot involving high finance, grand opera and a voice from Limbo.

( DICTIONARY OF THE KHAZARS: A LEXICON NOVEL by Milorad Pavic (Knopf; $19.95). A wacky, totally fabricated reference book, translated from Serbo-Croatian, about a people who vanished centuries ago. Sheer oddity mixed with eerie entertainment.

DEAR MILI by Wilhelm Grimm (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; $16.95). A newly discovered Grimm fairy tale relates a stark saga of childhood and the death of innocence, amplified...

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