Year Of Living Dangerously

TITLE: GREEN SHADOWS, WHITE WHALE

AUTHOR: RAY BRADBURY

PUBLISHER: KNOPF; 271 PAGES; $21

THE BOTTOM LINE: A sojourn in Ireland recalled, quarts and all.

IN THE ORIGINAL MOBY-DICK A white Leviathan played the title role. In the 1956 film the part was taken by a large piece of plastic. In Ray Bradbury's 27th book, John Huston plays the elusive quarry.

Bradbury, 71, an established master of fantasy and sci-fi, calls Green Shaddows, White Whale a novel. In fact it is a disguised memoir of the period he spent in Ireland adapting Herman Melville's work for the roistering film director. The narrator...

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