Books: Love's Fools

WISE VIRGIN by A.N. Wilson Viking; 186 pages; $13.95

Fortune ought to smile on the career of A.N. Wilson. He is one of a fairly rare literary species: a writer of social comedies. He is also prolific—Wise Virgin, his first book to be published in this country, is his sixth novel—and very good. Not for him the extravagant mythmaking of his contemporary Salman Rushdie or the chilly experiments of Ian McEwan. Stylistically, Wilson is headed straight into the past, when a novelist told a suspenseful story and commanded his characters' souls. He can be...

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