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And Our Critics Commend

November 02, 1986

Trading Secrets: Seduction and Scandal at the Wall Street Journal, R. Foster Winans (St. Martin's). The "ambitiously crafted" tale of a journalist-turned-tipper; a "discomforting autobiography of yet another lost generation and a broad-brush tableau of its Wall Street" (Alexandra Reed Lajoux).

The Patch Boys, Jay Parini (Holt). Set against a backdrop of labor meetings and baseball games, this "beguiling piece of fiction" is about the life, escapades and often humorous recollections of a 15-year-old trying to make some sense out of life" (Lewis Stone).

Foundation and Earth, Isaac Asimov (Doubleday), "has the solid workmanship and skill of the mature master. . . . Asimov at 66 is still improving. His deft handling of sexual themes and female characters are relatively new aspects of his writing" (John Cramer).

The Monkey's Wrench, Primo Levi; translated from Italian by William Weaver (Summit). "Everything he has written, or will write, is so many stages in a journey from a dark cave--his days in Auschwitz--into the light. His darkness is full of illuminations, and his light is shadowed" (Richard Eder).

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