Page 25 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 6 (1947-1948)

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BLOCH ---- THE YEAR ’S BOOKSHELF
their people. The novel is written with sensitivity, skill and charm
and it is concerned with the question of force versus human
cooperation in American society. Tha t Jews in America are not
satisfied merely with success in business is shown in
The magnate
by John Harriman (New York, Random, 1946) a story about the
accumulation, during the flush years of the twenties before Nov-
ember 1929, of a public-utilities fortune by a Boston financier in
whose career a Jewish banker plays a role. This Jewish banker,
who introduces a humanistic and cultural note into the picture,
is suggestive of the Kahns, the Lehmans, the Warburgs, etc.
The
golden egg
by James S. Poliak (New York, Holt, 1946) is a story of
the spectacular rise and fall of a Hollywood dynasty established
by two brothers-in-law from New York’s lower East Side. I t deals
with the growth of the motion picture business in all its manifesta-
tions. The story is told in what the jacket calls a “deceptive,
fast-paced, racy and unpretentious style.” The splendor and
delusion of tough Moe Korn and not quite so tough Louis Levinson
and his son Willie are rather hackneyed by this time, as are the
stock figures of wives and mothers, sweethearts and paramours,
some of them lush and some of them loyal, some of them tough
and some of them true but all of them trite. Closely akin to this
story is
That man is here again
; the adventure of a Hollywood
agent by Arthur Kober (New York, Random, 1946), a collection
of humorous stories told in dialect, all but one of which originally
appeared in
The New Yorker.
Isidor Schneider is well-known as a novelist and poet. He draws
abundantly from his direct personal experience for his
The Judas
time
(New York, Dial, 1947), an interestingly written novel for
which New York’s publishing world provides the background, and
the left wing “ intelligentsia” are the heroes and villains in a plot
on the theme of treachery to ideals. A novel of New York’s
gangster life is
Burial of the f r u i t
by David Dortort (New York,
Crown, 1946). Its scene is Brownsville, tha t thickly Jewish popu-
lated section of Brooklyn and its leading character is Honey
Halpern, the killer, who had become the top gunman of a gang,
and who is himself killed by one of his associates.
The children
by
Howard Fast (New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1947) is a
very moving story of the slum streets of New York and the children
who live in them, filled with the contradictions of childhood.
Originally it appeared in
Story magazine
(March, 1937).
Stolen
waters are sweet;
a novel of a woman’s faith in man’s weakness by
Theresa Abeles Rosenberg (New York, William-Frederick Press,
1946) tells the story of Dorothy brought up in an Orthodox Jewish
home and who by her religious faith saves her husband from a fatal
infatuation.
In spite of tears
by Sam Liptzin; translated from the