The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 10, 1968 · Page 46
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 46

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 10, 1968
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Presidents9 Beliefs, Characters Shoivn In Finely Drawn Vignettes D 3 Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 10. 1968 j Russian's Novel Registers Protest My Sincere Thanks TO THE 45,000 FRIENDS who supported my candidacy at the polls.' With that kind of backing thtre (an bo no disappointment even in defeat. I sincerely appreciate this very fine response to my campaign. Lake - Lytal placed each man In the hlstor. cal context of a country whose evolving religious attitudes have been publicly stern and privately permissive. DONALD E. MULLEN N.M.M.. r a special prison camp for scientists In the Stalin era. This, was written fully in the tradition of the 19th century Russian novel. The present 616-page novel also Is 19th century In literary style, but contemporary In Its themes. It does not have quite the impact of "The First Circle." Once again Solzhenitsyn has utilized a fictional situation to register social protest against the oppressions and the idiocies of a dictatorial bureaucracy, so It Is no wonder that his books have been suppressed in the Soviet Union. MILES A. SMITH "GOD IS THE WHITE HOUSE: The Faiths of the American Presidents," by Edmund Fuller and David E.. Green. (Crown. $5.95) In drawing up a treaty Involving Mediterranean trade wltn the Moslem state of Tripoli In 17, President George Washington noted that "the Government of the United States of America Is not, in any sense, founded upon the Christian religion." That may be a correct Constitutional point, but the fact remains that U.S. political and social history has been wrapped in Christianity and the 35 U.S. presidents them- enter our ? BIG 9 " great reformer ot tne ethics and deism of the Jews, were he to return to earth, would not recognize one feature." Lincoln, exasperated by visiting clergymen who told him the Lord had advised them on what . actions Lincoln must take, finally told them: "I hope it will not be irreverent for me to say that If it is probable that God would reveal Ms will to others, on a point so connected to my duty, it might be supposed he would reveal It directly to me." Warren G. Harding, the small town "booster" who became president, perhaps carried his American religious nonconformity to its heights of business glory when he explained: "American business is not a monster, but an expression of a God-given Impulse to create, and the savior and guardian of our happiness, of our homes and of equal opportunity for all in America. . .We cannot get on all alike or be regarded precisely alike. God Almlght never intended it to be so else He had made us all alike." "God in the White House," with its smooth-flowing narrative, is an excellent reference' work. It authors have avoided, the easy temptation toward sardonic comment and have PUSSh BOOTS' COLORIHG CONTEST f) valuable PRIZES! 3 IN EACH OF THESE AGE GROUPS 5-7. MO II 12 GET YOUR ENTRY BLANK -NOW! selves ranged from philosophical deists to rock-bound Cal-vlnlsts. "God In the White House" Is more than a book about the presidents' religious beliefs, however. It offers finely drawn vignettes of their characters In which humanistic actions speak louder than pious pronouncements, and it underlines the fact that, while some presidents may have been short on prayer, the White House has yet to be occupied by the religious fanatic or the secret atheist. The authors offer a religious boxscore on the Presidents: 6 Episcopalians, 6 Presbyterians, 5 Unitarians, 2 Dutch Reformed, 2 Methodists, 2 Disciples of Christ (Christian Church), 2Baptists 1 Congre-gatlonalist, 1 Quaker, 1 Roman Catholic, and 8 unaffiliated, though worshipping In various churches. From Geoge Washington, an Episcopalian parish vestryman who steadfastly avoided receiving communion, to the unorthodox, but deep religious spirit of Abraham Lincoln the book reveals the traditionally American suspicion of pomp and ritual. Although damned by many of his more pious contemporaries as Irreligious, Thomas Jefferson compiled a book on the teachings of Jesus, and In-doing so, criticized "Plato-nists" and "preachers of the gospel" who "have compounded from the heathen mysteries a system beyond the comprehension of man, of which the "THE CANCER WARD," by Aleksandr I. Solzhenltsyn. (Dial. $8.50) The scene ot this novel is a hospital In the central Asiatic reaches of the U.S.S.R. (possibly at Tashkent, where the author once underwent treatment for cancer), and the time Is early In 1955, when the , winds of change began to blow across the Soviet lands. A whole ward full of pa-' tients, their relatives and the hospital staff are among the story's characters. The patients are a mixed lot, Including some taciturn Asiatic types. All have a common bond in the fight against death by disease, and the story Is keyed to the ways In. which this struggle brings out their hcFes, fears, emotional re, ;sonses, and beliefs. Among the characters are ;Pavel, a stuffy minor bureaucrat who in his day has denounced a good many citizens, sending them to exile; a wom-;an doctor who Is stricken with -cancer herself; a young surveyor who knows his case Is -hopeless, and a young nurse1 ;studying medicine. But the chief protagonist Is !01eg, a political exile who had -been sent to the edge of the steppes to work out his days, but who still clings to his belief ;in the individual. The author's "One Day In :the Life of Ivan Denisovich," a tale of survival In a prison camp in the days of Stalin, was a terse, realistic novel written in a 20th century style. Then came the massive "The First Circle," concerned with s i Youth Takes Over; Oldsters Banished WESTWARD TlNTfft CENTFR I activity" BEGINS TOMORROW NOV. 11th ENDS SATURDAY, NOV. 16th JUDGING AT NOON SAT., NOV. 16th Big County Palm Beach County contains approximately 2,230 square miles, including 400 square miles of fresh water fishing and camping areas. 2500 Okeechobee Blvd. IBBDHBHHHHBHI IBBMBl irsi "THEY," by Marya Mann-es. (I)nuhleday.$4.95) At last It had happened youth had finally taken over the world and deposed their elders. All over 50 were banished to live out their remaining days In isolation from the young world. And if they were still around at 65 liquidation. It was a dream world for the young. Books had been outlawed. History and culture were relegated to museums and generally ignored. In their eagerness to destroy the past, the young had overlooked the fact that they had guaranteed the destruction of their future. How this came about is the theme of this intriguing look into a possible projection of the present youth worship. Miss Mannes concentrates her story on five of the elderly living out their terms In the same house In comfortable enough circumstances but doomed nevertheless. One of their number decides to record their conversations for a posterity that was more than doubtful. Since the five were literate and cultured, their conversations ranged over the lost world of literature, music and the mores of civilization that had been abandoned. Suddenly a new element was Introduced when a young man was washed up on the shore of their "retreat" barely alive. He turned out to be a mute, but was eager to learn the ways of his strange old rescu-,ers. 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