Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on June 4, 1960 · Page 14
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 14

Tucson, Arizona
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Saturday, June 4, 1960
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Serving Pizza and M Varieties *f Italian Delicacies PRIME RIB ROOM U. of 1 Griluales of '60 Congratulation*! Betf Wish**! »nd ; THANK YOU! For p*tf business. We sincerely wish you a future fiKed with success. 1300 N S T O N E AVE. God's Plenty */ Boauchamp's STEAK HOUSE Special every MMI. Tun. and Wed. ALL THE GOLDEN Fried Chicken YOU UN EIT / 1.95 Includes me famous Panda Goodies oo our Lazy Susan. Crispy Salad off our Iced Cart, Choice of Potato, Garlic Bread. _ ' , . XI Per ' , ' ^ ,, . S1.95 2607 N. first Aie. TUCMMI MA 4-7734 Ope* 7 D*y» m Week Reviewed by GRANVHJLE HICKS SET THIS HOUSE ON FIRE/ By William Styroa." RaadMi Hawse, $5.K. William --Styron's first novel, "Lie Down in Darkness," published in 1951, established him as a young hopeful. He bad been, as anyone could see, « good deal influenced by Faulkner, particularly by "The;Sound and the Fury," but Styron, it was clear, had learned from the master instead of merely imitating him. Two years later, he. published a novelette, ,'Hli* Long March," which, brief as it was, showed that he had other talents, and" whetted the appetite for another full-length novel. Now, at last, that novel has appeared, and 'Styron is no longer a young hopeful; he M one of our important writers, A novel as rich and deep, a* carefully wrought as this take* ' more thinking than a^'reviewer with a deadline can give it.- Time will be. needed to deter- m i n e h o w large',,' Styron'* achievement is. But it is large. "Set This, House on Fire," is, in the Dostoievskyan' sense, a mystery story, the story at a" crime, und a first-rate one too. If in the first part Styron develops the/ situation carefully,. the second part drives forward with irresistible force. Of course,. the real drama takes -place ia the minds of the characters, especially in the mind of the murderer, but the reader i* possessed by 'eagerness to know what happened as well as why. For a big book, it has a small cast of characters. There are only thre who count heavily: Mason Flagg, the victim; Cast Kinsolving, the murderer; Peter Leyerett, the narrator. Leverett iis a young lawyer and by his own account an ordinary sort of fellow. ("It is with neither pride nor distress that I confess that--in the idiom of our time--T am something of a square." Tn the first part he tells how he came to know STYRON Important Mason Flsgg and how he pened to visit him in Sambuco on the coast of Italy. At Sambuco he met Cass Kinsolving and became involved in the events he has set out to-describe. The story begins in Paris at a .moment of crisis in Cass's life as a painter. "You know," he tells Peter, "you can't work without faiilh, and, boy I was as faithless as an alley cat. " H e was sick "from despair and self-loathing and greed and selfishness and · 'spite." Knowing ' that he has talent, but powerless to create, he takes to drink. With · his wife and their four children, he drifts onward to Italy and at last he arrives at Sambuco. It is in Sambuco that Cass accidentally encounters Mason Flagg. What Flagg obviously has to offer Cass is money; the deeply masochistic desires he fulfills can only be surmised. At any rate, Flagg ministers to Cass's craving for liquor and keeps his establishment solvent, while .he systematically humiliates him. , At the same time Case is romantically attracted" to * 'peasant girl, Francwca, and is making-frantic efforts to help her tubercular fattier. These efforts contribute to his exhaustion on me day of Peter's arrival in Sambuco. That night Flagg rapes ·Frahcesca. ;',' Styron's account of the death in ' the life of. Cass Kinsolving _ has rarely been equaled The title of the book comes from a ·passage in one of John Donne's .sermons, a haunting, harrow,. ing meditation on the agony of, being deprived of God, and it is a deprivation of similar in- · tensity, though pot defined in *the same way, mat Cass suf- , iers. Ultimately be is confronted .with an existentialist choice, between being "and Nothingness, -and Kinsolving chooses being. To summarize'the novel is to obscure its richness. Scenes .not, directly connected with, the central mystery cling to the, mem-' -ory: Peter's accident on his : way to Sambuco, Cass's account of his first girl, Flagg's fabrications about his .wartime adventures in Yugoslavia. Every scene, as I have said, is fully realized. When one takes everything into account--the subtle imagery, the stylistic versatility, the play of .'ideas--one acknowledges gratefully that here : is God's plenty. v In the center is the philosophical theme, me choice between being and nothingness. Flagg's way of life has..excluded being, and so he is committed to nothingness and becomes a monster. Case, on, the other hand, chooses being,, and this is not merely said but is made real to the reader. As he carefully points out at the end, Cass has not achieved a state of grace; he has not found "some belief, some rock" that will endure forever. He has merely found that he can go on "in the hope of being what I could for a time." "I had come back," he concludes. "And that for a while would do, that would suffice." Small-Scaled Talent In Deft Little Book MIGUEL STREET. By V, S. Naipaul. Vanguard Press. $J.tS. Strolling through the streets of Kingston in Jamaica or Port of Spain in Trinidad, have you ever wondered what the natives are thinking about you? Or what they are like among themselves, when not singing Calypso for the "Yankee dollah?" V. S. Naipaul is just the man to tell us. "Miguel Street" is a collection of sketches of the colorful folk who hang about a street in Port of Spain, observing you and me on vacation and occasionally clipping us for a minor service indifferently per-, formed. They speak a strange argot ,rf their own only dimly recognizable as English. Naipaul records their pidgin speech in print, thus making it reasonably comprehensible. Mot entirely, mark you. What do you make of a sentence like this: "I bet when he come doctor .and thing he go forget the rest of we." 1 translate this as "HI bet you mat when he becomes a doctor he'll forget the .rest of us," but I could be wrong. ·Despite their private lingo, these Trinidadians. are an engaging lot -- feckless, funny, lackadaisical, ready at the boom of a drum to drop work and start wiggling their hips. Nothing much ever -gt*$ done w Miguel Street hot tb* ·ae- rator,--an observant lad-^endws aH the oddballs who frequent jt. All of these little tales are Mid in the same curt, concise, comic style, with action .compressed to a minimum and con- versation spun out like laughter. .Most of the yarns have a shrewd point to them, visible only in the last few lines. "Bogart," for example, is about a would-be he-man who throws his weight about with the "boys." Every so often he vanishes for several "months. Only 'after he is arrested one day do the neighbors learn that his absences are connected with a need to demonstrate his man- ·hood. I also liked the story about the ambitious youngster who wanted to be a doctor, but had trouble mastering English "lit- richer." He 'wound up driving a garbage truck; There is writing talent here, but it is small-scaled. Naipai is an exotic miniaturist. Yet there are signs that he could work successfully /in the larger fiction forms if be chose. The best story in the book is an affecting picture of a strolling poet, B. (for Black) Wordsworth, who is writing a magnum opus at the rate of a line a month. Only one of these precious lines is vouchsafed us --"The past is deep." Alas, B. .. -Wordsworth never lived to complete his masterpiece. Like Shelley and Keats, he died too soon. Naipaul » now resident i* England, where he k 'better known as an acid critic of fiction than as a practitioner «f «·«* This dsft liife boo* U not likely to alter that sRuanon. One of 'these days, though, he may take the plunge and show «s what he thinks a serious novel should be like. --John Barkham CRIME CORNER GAUDY NIGHT AND BUSMAN'S HONEYMOON. By Dorothy. Sayers. Harper. $3.95 each. Ninth and tenth volumes of republished titles by.one of mystery field's greats first appeared in 1936, 1937. Long live Lord Peter Wirosey! A HAMMER IN HIS HAND. By Whit Masterson. Dodd Mead. J2.95. Policewoman's brutal demise (spouse goes with her) puts fine southern California cops on round-the-clock duty; are ah 1 jobs by some party? This one has everything--read H! THE MAN WHO LAUGHED AT MURDER. By Gordon Ashe. Crime Club. $2.95. Dawlish of Scotland Yard and his spouse hive exciting .and perilous time when ace crook is released from jail. Excellent pace; plot intricate, but unravels nicely at payoff. DEATH OF A LADIES 1 MAN. By Lee Roberts. GoM Medal. 25c. Philandering Ohio police-man bites dust; his pals line up. candidates for chair; pleasant Dr. Clint Shannon sees plenty of action too. Excellent performance, as expected. . ' WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO JIABY JANE? By Henry Far- pell. Ririehart. $2.95. Hollywood sisters (ex-vaudeville and ex- movie stars) inhabJt ancient house of hate in-Bollywood, then something goes pop. Nerve- shatterer. PAGE 14 TUCSON DAILY CITIZEN SATURDAY, JUNE 4, I960

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