Maybe we're biased against ancient Egyptians (or whatever these creatures are), but a name like Varka raises our hackles. It...

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THE BOOK OF PARADOX

Maybe we're biased against ancient Egyptians (or whatever these creatures are), but a name like Varka raises our hackles. It isn't long till they lapse back into senselessness, with most else here. Varka -- blond mane, black eyes, and an intellect by local standards -- is wrongly convicted of murdering his beloved Aloethe (Uh-Lethe?) and sacrificed to Darxes, Lord of the Underworld. Fortunately, Dames is a sweeter guy than people think, and after entertaining the lovelorn kid awhile in his sumptuous, psychedelic caverns, he sends him off with blessings and a magic book, in the general direction of Limbo, where Aloethe is waiting on a slab. The underworld has a kind of sweet, lurid innocence and is full of nice people who give Varka more or less paradoxical directions (which transcribe themselves automatically in his album). Otherwise he wouldn't make it. Based on Tarot, but not the whole deck.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Delacorte

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1973