Creation, by Gore Vidal. New York: Ballantine Books. 593 pp. $3.95

Set in the 5th century, this novel is narrated by Cyrus Spitama, grandson of Zoroaster, who dictates his memoirs to his nephew. As the ''king's eye,'' Cyrus visits Greece, India, and Cathay, and marries twice. The novel's slow progress across Persia and Cathay allows Vidal to introduce endless historic tidbits. These curious details lead to the question of whether or not such information constitutes a novel? The answer is: probably not. Another question arises from the aloofness of the ''king's eye.'' He remains apart as a spectator, not an actor. And the reader is left with no one he really knows or cares deeply about. A weakness of ''Creation'' is that, although the Persian version of the Peloponnesian War is told, it sounds like a distant twang - a dynasty passes, and the reader hardly notices.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK