Books: Rousseau Redux THE NEW CONFESSIONS

by William Boyd Morrow; 476 pages; $19.95

First there's the book, then the movie, right? Or maybe the movie -- or the mini-series -- comes first and then the book. Those are familiar enough - sequences, but how about this one: the book and the movie tied together in one package?

That's the magic trick British Author William Boyd has managed in his fourth novel. He tells the life story of a rather prickly film director of genius, one John James Todd, and in doing so describes the making of Todd's silent masterpiece so clearly and vividly that the reader may feel he has seen the nonexistent epic....

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