Mark Illis (review date 8 June 1991)
SOURCE: “Expatriates Gossiping in Florence,” in Spectator, June 8, 1991, p. 36.
[In the following review of The Ant Colony, Illis writes that despite the many likeable characters in the novel, the story is not compelling.]
The English novel is regularly accused of being too quiet, too polite and too safe. It is often described in negative terms: it is unadventurous or unambitious. Francis King has written novels, such as Act of Darkness, to which none of these adjectives apply. They are all,...
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