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And Our Critics Commend

March 01, 1987

The Exile of Celine, Tom Clark (Random House). "What Celine wrote in the language of nightmares, Clark retells in the language of dreams . . . . As a poet, Clark knows which images to experience; as a biographer, he understands which experiences to imagine" (Stewart M. Lindh).

FOE, J. M. Coetzee (Viking). "This graceful and troubling variation on Robinson Crusoe is partly a riddle and partly a set of meditations on art and reality. Going beyond its puzzles and reflections, though, it is the story of a haunting character trying to wake up from the fictional dream she is caught in" (Richard Eder).

The Ropespinner Conspiracy, Michael M. Thomas (Warner). "A taut thriller that will scare the pants off you about the direction, or misdirection, of American banking" (Don Campbell).

Jewish Ethics and Economic Life, Meir Tamari (The Free Press). The author presents "the ethical values of the Jewish tradition not only as . . . abstract principles and pious maxims but as functioning norms in the marketplace" (Ben Zion Bergman).

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