Page 31 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 11 (1952-1952)

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Asphalt and desire. New York, Harcourt, Brace, 1951.
Five hectic days in the life of a Bronx Jewish girl, Iris Leavis, after her
graduation from New York City’s Hunter College.
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We fished all night. New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts,
1951. 570 p.
Story of post-war Chicago. One of the characters is a gentle Jewish boy
who is discharged from the army as a psychoneurotic.
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Bride of the Sabbath. New York, Rinehart, 1951. 410 p.
The story of Saul Cramer and his immigrant parents on New York’s lower
East Side in the late 1890s. His orthodox upbringing and his gradual breaking
away from family and religious ties are interestingly described. The conflicts
in intermarriage are treated.
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Spark of life. New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts,
1952. 365 p.
Grim and agonizing story of a group of survivors in a German concentration
camp in the year 1945. Remnants of humanity, too weak to work, are left
at the camp to die. Their determination, as told by prisoner 509 (his name
having been forgotten), to fan the spark of life until help comes is absorbingly
and remarkably developed. Translated from the German by James Stern.
(IJB, April, 1952)
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A stone for Danny Fisher. New York, Knopf, 1952. 404 p.
Danny speaking from his grave relives his life’s story for the sake of his
young son who never really knew him. Though born into a Jewish middle
class family he gradually slips into the world of crime and racketeering. A
few well aimed bullets by some of his friends put an end to his life.
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S. This liberty: a novel about Haym Salomon. Philadelphia,
Dorrance, 1951. 316 p.
A fast moving novel based on the life of Haym Salomon against the back-
drop of the American revolution. Young people, particularly, will enjoy it.
(IJB, February, 1952)
Port unknown. Cleveland and New York, World, 1951. 282
p .
Another sea novel, the merchant marine in wartime. Reveals the sufferings
of one of the Jewish characters, Lieut. Arnold, who from his early childhood
denied his Jewishness. The inner struggles that overtake him when asked to
read the Sunday religious services are well drawn. (IJB, November, 1951)
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Every man his sword. Garden City, N. Y., Doubleday, 1951.
307 p.
The lynching of a negro in a southern town is protested by a young Jewish
soldier. This leads to more violence and reprisals.
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The troubled air. New York, Random,
1951. 418 p.
A very realistic story of what happened to a group of radio people whose
names appeared in an anti-communist periodical. One of the group, whom
the director was ordered to discharge, is a Jew. (IJB, September, 1951)
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The big brokers. New York, Dial, 1951. 570 p.
An unpleasant saga of organized crime and violence. It is rather shocking
to meet again the juvenile delinquents of the
Amboy Dukes
Cry Tough
this time as big time operators operating from coast to coast. (IJB, February,
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G. East Side General. New York, Doubleday, 1952. 311 p.
The superintendent of the East Side General Hospital is Jewish, although
he is married to a Christian. His relationship to his old, orthodox parents,
and their sympathetic understanding of him, provide a relief and a contrast
to the usual family conflicts in many of the East Side novels.
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Lie down in darkness. Indianapolis and New York, Bobbs-
Merrill, 1951. 400 p.
Peyton, the heroine of the story, marries a Jewish boy, Harry Miller. He is
an important character of the book for two reasons: In the first place he is
responsible for precipitating Peyton’s most neurotic tendencies which lead
to her suicide. Secondly, the author uses him as the device through which
he describes the Southern Christian attitude towards Jews.