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who has dreadful memories o f her hasidic childhood. She becomes
disillusioned with her parents’ political work, flirts with Christianity,
and is drawn to Orthodoxy.
R o s e n , G e r a l d .
Growing up Bronx.
Berkeley, CA, North Atlantic Books,
1984. 250 p.
A humorous, touching novel about Jewish boyhood in urban
America. Narrated by the boy and beginning with his birth in 1939,
all the expected scenes are here: religious grandparents, his Bar
Mitzvah, sports, television, gang attacks and colorful family mem­
bers.
S h a b t a i , Y a a k o v .
Past continuous.
Trans, by Dalya Bilu. Philadelphia,
Jewish Publication Society, 1984. 389 p.
A difficult novel which does not rely upon traditional plot move­
ment or chronological time. One o f Israel’s promising writers, re­
cently deceased, has given a realistic picture o f Israeli society in
which there are no heroics, only people and families amidst their
problems. In this novel, Shabtai is nostalgic for the youth o f his
country and its dreams.
S h a h am , N a t h a n .
The other side of the wall: three novellas.
Trans, by
Leonard Gold. Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society, 1983. 281
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The first o f Shaham’s books to appear in English, its three stories
span the time from WWII to the present, and are international in
their action. But the concerns are always with kibbutz society, its
founders and members.
S h o l o m A l e i c h e m .
In the storm.
T ran s , by A liza Sh ev r in . N ew Y ork ,
Pu tnam ,
1984. 220 p.
Set in Russia at the turn o f the century, this is a translation o f a
book originally published in 1907. The exciting events are described
from the point o f view o f the victims. Sholom Aleichem manages to
convey the incomprehensible through the artless conversations o f
his characters, in all their imaginable variety.
U r i s , L eo n .
The Haj.
New York, Doubleday, 1984. 566 p.
A historical novel intending to portray the struggle o f the Jews
and Arabs from 1929 to 1956 in what is now Israel. The action cen­
ters upon a kibbutz and a nearby Arab village. Aside from being
burdened by historical exposition, the book has been widely criti­
cized for presenting Jews as good and Arabs as evil and backward.
W i e s e l , E l i e .
The Fifth son.
Trans, by Marion Wiesel. New York, Summit,
1984. 220 p.
The son o f a Holocaust survivor tries to break through his father’s
unmerciful emotional veil by setting out to execute a former SS o ffi­
cer.
W ouk , H e rm an .
Inside, outside.
New York, Little Brown, 1985. 664 p.
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David Goodkind, speechwriter and Presidential adviser, is the
protagonist in this long narrative which takes us not only inside the
White House, but also into the lives and concerns o f the members o f
an Orthodox Jewish family.