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e w i s h
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B
ellow
, S
aul
.
Mr. Sammler’s planet. New York, Viking, 1970. 313 p.
The protagonist is a 70-year-old Jew from Poland who has survived
the Holocaust and now lives in the United States. The book probes his
relationships with family members in New York, with local people—of
all races and faiths—and with himself as a lone Jew who has seen much
of the world’s violent ways.
B
erri
, C
laude
.
Marry me! marry me! New York, William Morrow, 1969.
101 p.
A pleasant movie was made from this charming novel about two
French Jews, a nice young man and an equally nice young girl who are
engaged to be married while she is pregnant. There are some hitches
along the way but all ends happily. The story is translated from the
French by June P. Wilson and Walter B. Michaels.
Biderm
a n
,
Sol.
Bring me to the banqueting house. New York, Viking, 1969.
2 8 4 p .
David Unicorn (and the name of the hero is typical of the symbolism
of the novel) is the hero of this book. Since infancy, he has lived in the
Jewish Foundling Home in Denver, which is the central location of this
book. David looks for his father, when he is 6, and has lots of adven-
tures, but little joy.
D
avis
, C
hristopher
.
Ishmael. New York, Harper & Row, 1969. 152
p.
An imaginative novel based on the biblical character of Ishmael.
Edelman, Maurice.
All on a summer’s night. New York, Random House,
1 9 7 0 . 2 4 0 p .
Set in England, this is the story of a Jewish businessman who chal-
lenges the established order (Christian) and is resisted because he is a
Jew.
Elman,
R
ic h a r d
M. The reckoning. New York, Scribners,
1 9 6 9 . 1 8 4 p .
The final novel in a trilogy of the Holocaust, this one is about a Jew-
ish businessman, Newman Yagodah, who lives in Hungary in 1944 and
keeps a private journal as the Holocaust closes in on him.
E
ttinger
, E
lzbieta
.
Kindergarten. Boston, Houghton Miffln, 1970. 310
p.
A story of Jewish survivors, who lived through the agonizing years
after Poland fell to the German military machine in September, 1939.
The narrative focusses on Hermann Weil and his teen-aged grand-
daughter Elli, who wander from city to city seeking help and life.
F
ie d l e r
, L
e s l i e
A. A nude croquet. New York, Stein & Day,
1 9 6 9 . 2 8 8
p.
In this volume of 12 short stories, Mr. Fiedler has collected all those
tales he wishes to preserve. Eight appeared in earlier books, four had
not yet been collected. The book includes “The Dancing of Reb Hershl
with the Withered Hand” and “Pull Down Vanity,” bu t not “The Last
Jew in America.”
G
ary
, R
omain
.
The guilty head. New York, World, 1969. 225 p.
In
The Dance of Genghis Cohn,
Mr. Gary had introduced an original
novel in which the ghost of a Jewish comedian (executed by the Nazis)
had taken control of a Nazi leader. In this novel, Cohn returns and is
found operating on the island of Tahiti. The personality and reputa-
tion of the painter Paul Gaughin are important in this narrative.
G
avron
, D
aniel
.
The end of days. Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society,
1970. 319 p.
Born in England, the author now lives in Israel and makes his home