Books: Landscape with Figures

THE PAINTER AND THE LADY— William Blake—Simon & Schusfer ($2.50)

Unlike his fantasy-ridden English namesake, this pseudonymous William Blake is (besides being a lot of other things) an impressionist who covers huge canvases with a sprawling, vigorous brush. His first novel, The World Is Mine, was a full-blooded story of international high finance spiced with intrigue, war and revolution. Last week he followed it up by The Painter and The Lady, an equally full-blooded story of modern France which begins in a café, ends at the guillotine.

Stéphane and Onésime Sabatier, a pair of...

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