Megan Harlan
May 02, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Reality and Dreams

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Muriel Spark
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

In Muriel Spark’s 20th novel, Reality and Dreams, British filmmakers and actors play musical beds while dapper 63-year-old director Tom Richards is less lustfully bedded after toppling from a crane during a shoot. While recovering, he wryly admires the French sex farce he inhabits: His wife’s lovers, his daughter’s, and his own all traipse charmingly through the tale. This romp is goaded less by jealous sneakery than by ephemeral dreams of happiness and Tom’s artful attempts to pin them on the screen. Not only the characters but the whole wistful, witty novel seems to glow from forgiving, wrinkle-smoothing filters. A-

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