Critics' Choice: May 2, 1988

BOOKS

THE DAY OF CREATION by J.G. Ballard (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $17.95). The quest for a hidden river in the Sahara unleashes a mythic adventure. Splendid surrealism from the author of Empire of the Sun.

FREUD: A LIFE FOR OUR TIME by Peter Gay (Norton: $25). The founder of psychoanalysis is revealed as an ambitious outsider driven by a heroic (and perhaps neurotic?) greed for knowledge and a desire to conquer and control.

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Knopf: $18.95). A spurned suitor endures 50 years of solitude to win his woman, in the Nobel...

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