The Sun and Pluto

The American writer Eleanor Clark, upon moving to Rome in the late 1940s, found herself swamped by the city’s “mess and the blazing sun, the incongruities, the too-muchness of everything.” That’s a pretty fair analogy for how one feels reading Chasing the Sun: it’s fascinating, but the “too-muchness” of the experience gradually overwhelms. From Tales of sun and Pluto run hot and cold, a November 28 column in the Boston Globe.