Page 29 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 11 (1952-1952)

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M. N. KIEV — AMERICAN JEWI SH FICTION BOOKS
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The magic of the Bible stories never fails to inspire new inter-
pretations. This year there are two books on heroic Moses and
one concerning the romantic and dramatic lives of David and
Bathsheba.
As in previous years several books are included in the list merely
because a Jewish character is depicted in the book.
A
braham s
, R
o b er t
D. Room for a son. Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society,
1951. 164 p.
The daily experiences of a 17 year old refugee, Aaron Levy, adopted by
an American Jewish family who lost their own son in the war. The book
touches upon many of the major problems of our day. How some are over-
come is simply and delightfully told.
(In Jewish Bookland=l]B}
December,
1951)
A
lloway
, L
aw r e n c e
.
Moses, the man. New York, Vantage, 1951. 236 p.
The story of the life of Moses, particularly the years he spent in Egypt.
(IJB, May, 1952)
A
ro n ow it z
, E
rw in
.
Of blood and oil: with an Israel background: a novel. New
York, Exposition, 1951. 165 p.
The trials and tribulations of a young American physician in Israel while
fighting with the Israel underground.
A
sch
, S
h o l em
.
Moses. New York, Putnam, 1951. 505 p.
The biblical tale o f Moses recreated anew. Asch has drawn much from
the Midrash, Agada and other extra-biblical lore to enrich the biblical account.
Beautifully translated by Maurice Samuel.
(IJB,
December,
1951)
B
lankfort
, M
ichael
. The juggler. Boston , L ittle , Brown,
1952. 243
p.
Hans Muller, once a very famous German juggler, has survived the horror
and hell of ten years in a German concentration camp. At the start of the
story he has just arrived in Israel full of terror at the many problems facing
him. Wandering across Israel he is befriended by many people who help
restore him as a human being and enable him to become a useful Israel citizen.
His adjustment is sympathetically and vividly drawn.
B
r in ig
, M
yro n
.
The sadness of Lexington Avenue. New York, Rinehart, 1951.
342 p.
The story of two New York families, the German-American Schillers of
Yorkville and the Jewish-American Goldmans of the Bronx, at the time Fritz
.Kuhn and his Bund were strong in Yorkville. At the start of World War I,
Eric Schiller marries Mary Goldman and they have a son. At the death of
both parents the boy is raised by his Christian grandparents. Later as a
Bundist the son attacks his other grandparents while breaking into a syna-
gogue. Too hackneyed and melodramatic.
B
rod
, M
a x
.
The Master. New York, Philosophical Library, 1951. 426 p.
Meleager, the Greek poet and compiler, is sold to slavery by the Romans
and becomes the scribe of Pontius Pilate at Jerusalem. The story is built
on the ill-stared love of Meleager for Shoshana, the Master’s sister. Through
it all runs the story of the birth of Christianity and the struggle of Judaism
against the power of Rome. (IJB, April, 1952)
-------- . Unambo: a novel of the war in Israel. Philadelphia, Jewish Publica-
tion Society; New York, Farrar, Straus and Young, 1952. 309 p.
As the subtitle implies the book records the desperate struggle of Israel in
its war for independence. Unambo composed of uno-one; ambo-both, the
name for the little mysterious machine which confers upon its owner the
privilege of not having to take decisive action. This machine is used by Paul
Helfin, a Zionist film-director in Israel, when the fighting and living get
rather tough. Translated by Ludwig Lewisohn. (IJB, April, 1952)
B
u rn e t t
, W
ill iam
R
il e y
.
Little man, big world. New York, Knopf, 1951.
308 p.
A Jewish columnist helps discover and uncover corruption in a big city.