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S o u t h r o n , A r t h u r E u s t a c e .
On eagle’s wings. New York, McGraw-Hill,
1954. 310 p.
A retelling of the story of Moses, his early life in Egypt and his emergence
as the great leader of the Jews in their journey towards the promised land.
S p e r b e r , M a n e s .
The abyss. Trans, by Constantine Fitzgibbon. Garden City,
N. Y., Doubleday, 1952. 348 p.
--------- . Journey without end. Trans, by Constantine Fitzgibbon. Garden City,
N. Y., Doubleday, 1954. 317 p.
The above two volumes are part of a trilogy. They deal with ex-communists
and the Nazis. One of the principal characters, Edi Rubin, fights with the
partisans in Poland, seeking to prevent the destruction of a Jewish village.
S t e r n , D a n i e l .
The girl with the glass heart. Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1952.
238 p.
Elly Kaufman, a tall, blond and most attractive young lady, is determined
to break away from her religious environment. Her pious and solicitous
parents are very generous to her but she rejects them feeling they do not
understand her.
S u h l , Y u r i .
Cowboy on a wooden horse. New York, Macmillan, 1953. 280 p.
Sympathetically written, it is the story of Sol Kenner who four years ago
had arrived in America from Pedayetz, Galicia. True, he is no longer the
greenhorn he was in
One Foot in America
but how very much more he has
to learn. The title is indicative of his occupation — an upholsterer. Suhl
has the ability to create and evoke characters that are distinct individuals.
Truly delightful.
T h o m p s o n , F r a n c i s
J. Abraham’s wife. New York, Vanguard, 1954. 191 p.
This story of Sarita, and her husband, Abraham, is bogged down by labored
comparisons between the biblical Abraham and his black counterpart. The
setting is Florida and Cuba in the late 1890s and early 1900s.
T h o m p s o n , M o r t o n .
Not as a stranger. New York, Scribner, 1953. 948 p.
A revealing, detailed and dramatic portrait of young Lucas Marsh who
from childhood on was determined to be a doctor. In medical school he is
befriended and influenced by a Jewish doctor. Dr. Aarons is well drawn and
one is conscious of his cynicism and bitterness because of the anti-Semitism
he feels has hampered his rise.
T w e r s k y , J a c o b .
The face of the deep. Cleveland, World, 1953. 333 p.
A compassionate story of the lives of Ken Werner, Fred Harris, Joe Berko-
witz and Rosie Celli whose early childhood is spent in an institution called
the Home for Blind Babies and how they adjusted their lives to society.
W a r e n , H e l e n .
Out of the dust. New York, Crown, 1952. 312 p.
A novel of a Jewish boy from the United States who pioneers in Israel. The
reclamation of the Negev as a vibrant living thing is very well depicted.
W e i s s , D a v i d .
The guilt makers. New York, Rinehart, 1953. 315 p.
A young Jewish boy, Saul, who has endured the unspeakable agonies of
body and spirit in Buchenwald, comes to America and is befriended by an
ex-soldier and social worker, David Hutchinson. Hutchinson tries his utmost
to help eradicate the hurt of those years, but the cruelties, unconscious and
deliberate, that Saul encounters in America, drive him to an act of violence
that sends him to prison for twenty years.
Y a f f e , J a m e s .
The good-for-nothing. Boston, Little, Brown, 1953. 249 p.
The daily life problems of two brothers, Leo and Norman Kramer, paralleled
after the old story of Cain and Abel, the prodigal and dutiful sons. One is
introduced to the tragi-comic efforts of the Kramers to rehabilitate Leo who
defies rehabilitation, of the widowed mother’s love for this prodigal son and
the familiar half-pathetic figure of self-sacrificing Norman who works tirelessly
to support them both.
Z a n g w i l l , I s r a e l .
The king of schnorrers: to which is added an essay on Jewish
humor by Bernard N. Schilling. Hamden, Conn., Shoe String Press, 1953.
A reprint of the 1893 edition. A Jewish comic novel dealing with the
abilities of a remarkably adroit beggar.