Adventures In Food Fear

TITLE: THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE

AUTHOR: T. CORAGHESSAN BOYLE

PUBLISHER: VIKING; 476 PAGES; $22.50

THE BOTTOM LINE: For reasons not clear, the author amusingly satirizes rich health faddists at a turn-of-the-century spa.

Novelist T. Coraghessan Boyle (Water Music, World's End) is a writer of prose that is very stylish indeed, though the thought wafts through a doubter's mind that he has not yet written anything quite as splendid as his own name, which like his paragraphs he parts nattily on the left. Boyle's flaw in his past work has been to seem a bit precious and self-pleased. His new novel is...

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