Fall 1968 • Vol. XXX No. 5 Book Reviews |

Listening to Novels

William H. Pritchard LISTENING TO NOVELS THE PASSION PLAYERS by Ed- mund P. Murray. Crown Publishers, $5.95. THE EXAGGGERATIONS OF PETER PRINCE [The Novel by Steve Katz]. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, $6.95. ABOVE GROUND by Jack Lud- wig. Little, Brown and Com- pany, $6.95. THE PENNY WARS by Elliott, Baker. G. P. Putnam's Sons, $5.95. What underlies all success in poetry, what is even more impor- tant than the shape of the poem or its wit of metaphor, is the poet's voice. It either gives us confidence in what is being said or it tells us that we do not need to listen; and it carries both the modulation and the living form of what is being said. In the novel no less than in the poem, the voice of the author is the decisive factor.... Lionel Trilling's formula- tion, from his essay in praise of F. Scott Fitzgerald, hasn't been improved upon as a way of thinking about how we read. Of course the fiction reviewer tries to keep on listening even after the voice of a particular novel tells h

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