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RIBALOW / AMERICAN JEWISH FICTION BOOKS
S
andm el
, S
am u e l
.
Alone atop the mountain.
New York, Doubleday,
1973. 228 p.
A prominent rabbi and scholar here attempts a fictional por-
trait of the Biblical Moses. Not the first attempt, nor, I suspect,
the last. I t isn’t as passionate as Zora Neale Hurston’s, as hollow
as Howard Fast’s or as prosaic as Louis Untermeyer’s. I t is schol-
arly, detailed, yet engrossing.
S
chaeffer
, S
usan
F
romberg
.
Falling.
New York, Macmillan, 1973.
307 p.
An old-fashioned novel that shuttles between one generation
and another, and a third, all members of the same Jewish family.
The story is set in New York, Boston and Chicago and its cen-
tral character is a college student and teacher in conflict with
her mother and grandmother.
S
h u lm a n
, I
rving
.
The devil’s knee.
New York, Trident, 1973. 445 p.
Mr. Shulman won fame many years ago as the author of a group
of novels about gangs—populated by Jews—in old New York. One
of them was
The Amboy Dukes
, which was also a major paper-
back success. In this book he follows up on his heroes, now all
18 years older. They live in California and one of them has turned
to Orthodoxy.
S
m it h
, M
a rt in
.
Flora’s dream.
New York, Dutton, 1972. 182 p.
Bernard Haymisch, the non-heroic hero of this first novel, is
a nebbich of a fellow, unsuccessful with girls. Flora, his aunt, is
a more substantial character and his mother is one of those man-
eating Jewish women so often met in contemporary fiction.
S
m it h
, R
obert
K
im m e l
.
Sadie Shapiro’s knitting book.
New York,
Simon 8c Schuster, 1973. 190 p.
Sadie is an old lady who knits, works up patterns and somehow
gets involved in a best-selling book on knitting. There’s a lot here
about Jews, senior citizens, publishing shenanigans, male domi-
nance and female liberation—and some humor.
T
am m u z
, B
e n ja m in
.
Castle in Spain.
Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1973.
A novel about the romance between an Israeli journalist and
an older Scandinavian woman who is on the staff of her nation’s
embassy in Tel Aviv. The book is set both in Israel and in Spain.
T
arr
, H
erbert
.
A time for loving.
New York, Random House, 1973.
189 p.
Mr. Tarr, a rabbi turned novelist (whose earlier books dealt with
rabbis and Jewish community life) now looks to the Bible for his
inspiration and seems to find it in his account of the last days
of old King Solomon, who wants a young maiden who loves an-
other. The book is laden with rabbinical and Biblical knowledge
and is by far the best of Tarr.