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L
ev in e
, F
a y e
.
Solomon and Sheba.
New York, Marek, 1980. 227 p.
This tale imagines Solomon and Sheba as manifestations o f the
polar energies o f male and female. Fans o f fictional invention based
on historical material will appreciate Levine’s shrewd and playful
construction.
M
arku s
, J
u l ia
.
American rose.
Boston, Houghton
M i f f l in ,
1981. 322 p.
A chronicle o f the Jewish roots o f a successful novelist who has
entered analysis. Vivid characters and family life are realistically
depicted.
M
a r t in
, M
a la ch i
.
King of kings.
New York, Simon and Schuster, 1981.
480 p.
A novel depicting the life o f King David. Well researched; gives
more attention to geography and politics than to character de­
velopment except in the case o f David, where the author’s insight
and knowledge is evidenced.
M
egged
, A
ha ron
.
The short life.
Trans,
b y
Miriam Arad. New York, Tap-
linger, 1980. 278 p.
A Tel Aviv couple in their forties find ample opportunity to have
affairs. Their different attitudes to themselves, their adolescent
daughter and each other (once he confesses) are examined by Meg­
ged.
M
eras
, I
cchoka s
.
Stalemate.
Trans, by Jonas Zdanys. Secaucus, N.J.,
Lyle-Stuart, 1980. 173 p.
A chess match between a boy and the Vilna ghetto commandant
will decide if the child or the ghetto children will live. Sentimental,
ponderous, and strong reading.
M
organ
, C
a ro l e
.
Heirlooms.
New York, Macmillan, 1980. 315 p.
A Russian Jewish family saga: three generations are portrayed
from their arrival in New York in 1906 to the present. The usual
family tears and joys, unfulfilled dreams and pleasures.
Oz,
A
mos
.
Where the jackals howl and other stories.
Trans, by Nicholas de
Lange and Philip Simpson. New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,
1981. 301 p.
In this collection o f short stories the author skillfully examines the
tensions of living in Israel, amid a permanent state of war and heroic
ideals. A sensitive commentary on human frailty.
O
z ick
, C
yn t h ia
.
Levitation: five fictions.
New York, Knopf, 1981. 256 p.
A fine compelling collection of short stories, many o f which were
published previously in
the New Yorker
and other journals.
R
a po po rt
, N
essa
.
Preparingfor Sabbath.
New York, Morrow, 1981. 288
p .
An Orthodox girl grows up in Toronto and faces contemporary
problems o f youth. Her passionate love for a boy and Judaism
conflict and augment each other. Unfortunately a timely plot is
obfuscated by poor writing and editing.