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mad wife and his peculiar parishioners. Mr. Mirsky asks more
of his readers than can be given him.
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The covenant.
New York, Atheneum, 1973. 436 p.
Here we have another novel—they are beginning to crop up
this decade—about Southern Jews. The hero of this one is Reu-
ben Buchman, a successful Mississippi lawyer. The Ku Klux Klan
is involved and the problem of Jewish identity is a critical issue
in this novel about Jews in the contemporary South.
M o l l , Elick.
The perilous spring of Morris Seidman.
Boston, Hough-
ton Mifflin,
1972. 213 p.
This is Mr. Moll's third novel about Mr. Seidman, a semi-re-
tired clothes manufacturer. This time, Mr. Seidman’s nephew falls
in love with a topless waitress and our hero starts to bring the
affair to a conclusion. Instead, he falls for the girl. Not much
else, but not unpleasant.
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Sheila Levine is dead and living in Nezu York.
York, Putnam’s, 1972. 223 p.
A “humorous” novel about an unhappy young woman who
carefully goes about preparing to commit suicide. She has had
miserable experiences in college, on summer vacations, in her
love affairs and with her analysts.
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The Alamut ambush.
New York, Crime Club (Dou-
bleday), 1972. 216 p.
One more novel in the international thriller genre, set—as so
many are—in the Middle East. Arabs, Jews, Englishmen, and fa-
natical terrorists are all deeply involved in this tale for armchair
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Judah the pious.
New York, Atheneum, 1973. 279
p .
An original first novel by a young woman who deals with Po-
lish-Jewish life a century ago. A hasidic rabbi argues with a Po-
lish king over his persecution of the Jews. There is some old-
fashioned story-telling here by a writer to be watched.
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The last ball.
New York, Trident, 1972. 442 p.
An escapist work in which an ambitious young Jew marries a
rich girl and seeks acceptance into New York “society.”
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A hero like me: a hero like you.
New York, Satur-
day Review Press, 1972. 274 p.
This is a novel about high school students in New York, one
of them a Jewish boy who is a neo-Nazi. There had been such
a case in New York and the author obviously has been prompted
by the actual event that occurred. But it is “true” fiction for there
are conflicts between Alex Margolis, the confused Jewish student,
his father and the central character, Alex's teacher.