Books: Mixed Fiction, Jun. 22, 1959

TEMPO DI ROMA, by Alexis Carvers (328 pp.; McGraw-Hill; $4.50), is evidence that nothing makes more pleasant reading than a novel that is both light and serious—unless it is a love letter written with tact. Alexis Curvers' light and serious novel is a moving love letter to the city of Rome. It consists of the memoirs of Jimmy, an exquisitely cultivated Belgian bum who gets a job as a tourist guide in the Holy City and finds a few shadowy, crackpot friends. There is Sir Craven, so named for his Craven "A" cigarettes, a fop straight out of the...

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