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[A Fine Romance is a] stylishly playful novel, set in Sicily, which never really frees itself sufficiently from its theroretical underpinnings (feminism, the pros and cons of monogamy) to be fully engaging but which is nonetheless full of charm and wit…. None of the characters except Gerard Winters jells...

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[A Fine Romance is a] stylishly playful novel, set in Sicily, which never really frees itself sufficiently from its theroretical underpinnings (feminism, the pros and cons of monogamy) to be fully engaging but which is nonetheless full of charm and wit…. None of the characters except Gerard Winters jells very much, but they all chatter amusingly and make a lot of mischief in the same places Odysseus did. The mood of the book falls somewhere between a Noël Coward musical and a lecture by Germaine Greer, and though it all adds up to very little it is consistently lively.

A review of "A Fine Romance," in The New Yorker (© 1976 by The New Yorker Magazine, Inc.), Vol. LII, No. 19, June 28, 1976, p. 90.

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