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frame o f plot, making the book more effective as proselytizing
material than fiction.
K
r iegel
, L
e o n a r d
.
Quitting time.
New York, Pantheon, 1982. 281
p .
A fresh look at American Jewish labor history through the story of
Barney Kadish, an Odessa-born union organizer on the Lower East
Side. Political and ethnic situations make this labor-movement novel
notable.
L
a q u e u r
, W
a l t e r
.
Farewell to Europe.
Boston, Little, Brown and Co., 1981.
310 p.
A chronicle o f a German Jew who has survived Hitler, and his two
sons — one in California and the other in Israel. Interesting for the
historian-author’s views on life in America and Israel.
L
a sk y
, J
esse
L . , J
r
.
and
S
il v er
, P
a t
.
The offer.
New York, Doubleday, 1981.
656 p.
The saga o f the entwined destinies o f two families, one Jewish, one
Arab, who forge a business partnership in mid-19th century Jerusa­
lem. World wars, Zionism, and Israel’s independence put their rela­
tionship under an increasing and finally intolerable strain.
M
a il l a r d
, K
e i t h
.
The knife in my hands.
New York, Beaufort Books, 1982.
331 p.
Two friends growing up in West Virginia in the late fifties: the
Protestant boy becomes fascinated with Kabbalah, while the Jewish
boy explores Zen Buddhism. The two bright youngsters become
convinced that they are learning to conjure up fundamental forces
o f the universe.
M
a l k in
, C
a ro le
.
The journeys o fDavid Toback.
New York, Schocken, 1981.
216 p.
Based on the English translation o f the author’s grandfather’s
Yiddish memoirs, this story brings to life the religious devotion o f
the old time Russian Jew. David’s “journeys” begin when he is sent
from his home town to the city to study at the Yeshiva.
M
egged
, A
h a r o n
.
Asahel.
Trans, from the Hebrew by Robert Whitehall
and Susan C. Lilly. New York, Taplinger, 1982. 256 p.
Asahel, the novel’s lonely protagonist, has divorced his wife be­
cause he found that sharing a bed with her meant that she consumed
his dreams. In a melange o f current happenings and memories, the
reader follows Asahel through his job as a statistician, his romance
with a stage designer, his relations with his mother, to his final
realization o f a measure o f contentment. A well written novel with an
unusual hero.
M
i n o t
, S
t e p h e n
.
Surviving theflood.
New York, Atheneum, 1981. 304
p .
Ham, Noah’s third and youngest son, is the narrator o f this —
his
account o f what really happened during the Flood. A “true account”
o f life aboard the ark is given, from family scandals to the sanitary