Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on January 4, 1959 · Page 114
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 114

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, January 4, 1959
Page 114
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BOOK REVIEWS IT IS DOUBTFUL if any area has caused more American history to be written than the coast of North Carolina. There is the birthplace of our nation, the graveyard of countless lost ships, the site of important C i v i l War battles, the hopping-off place of aviation, David Stick, who has lived there s i n c e he was 9 years old, tells the whole colorful, factual story in "THE OUTER BANKS OF NORTH CAROLINA" (University of N o r t h Carolina P r e s s . $6), a splendid item of Ameri- i cana. "SHOTGUNS ON SUNDAY" by Joseph K. Doctor (Western- lore Press, Los Angeles, 55.75): A sheriffs posse cornered James (Jim) McKinney in a Chinese joss house in Bakersfield one Sunday morning in 1903, and they had it out with shotguns at pointblahk range. The last of the western badmen--a cold killer, cheap procurer, and tinhorn gambler--was dead at the age ot 42. His guns had dropped four, maybe six, men. "His bullets had maimed others. Jim McKinney's stomping grounds was the southern San Joaquin valley -- Visalia, Porterfield, Bakersfield mostly. Mr. Doctor, an Exeter, Calif., editor, traces the desperado's one-,man crime wave interestingly and at the same time gives much revealing history of the area. Definitely a good book to read- good, solid Californiana. "CRITICAL QUACKERY" by Theodore L. Shaw (Stuart Art Gallery, Boston, $1): Shaw believes the critics are guilty of quackery, and- the public can be taught to see through it by using their heads and their perceptions. There is considerable good fun in the book. Stuffed shirts are deflated on every page. "PICTURES THAT TALK... U. S. CAMERA 1959," edited by Tom Maloney (U.S. Camera Pub. Co. $8.95): This is the new version of a book that is strikingly beautiful each year, each number seeming to surpass that of the year before in an almost unbelievable _succession. Divisions are Color Photography, Documentary Portfolio, Portfolios of Weston, Ylla, Bryson, Szasz, Gill, McLaughlin, Basch and Horst; Fine Pictures and the customary Special Features. A top feature is Edward Steichen's "Seventy Photographers Look at New York," a show that never won its deserved acclaim. In its large format and beautiful printing, this is a book that could be called a "How They Did It" of the famous for the vast fraternity of the anonymous in photography. But the man who would call this volume a manual would be missing the target as far as onn who would compare a kindergarten crayonist to Picasso.. : . .' ' ' ' · " " ' · · ' · East Meets West, and They Have a Picnic! j J?AST IS EAST and West is West and, Kipling notwithstanding, tl»e twain do meet in "ELEPHANT HILL," a story . by Robin White selected from more than 800 entries as the winner of Harper's $10,000 prize novel contest for 1959 ($3.50). The West in this pleasant, unaffected story is Elizabeth Sumner, a spinster in her mid- 30 S whose tiresome train trip through India is lightened by her chance meeting with the East, a genteel widower" named Mr. Alagarsami. Because they like each other from the start, cultural barriers go down, naturally. They chat about the country, its people and culture, and Beth is inwardly pleased when he calls her "Elsabet." But she feels the barriers close sharply when Mr. Alagarsami learns that, upon reaching his native Kasappur, she plans to visit the people who run the mission, and that these people are her sister and brother-in-law. At the mission she finds the answer: Mr. Alagarsami is the father of her sister's adopted son, and he is in the midst of a savage fight to regain the boy's custody in order to provide himself with a male heir of his own blood and thus clear a legal path to inherit his uncle's estate. O n l y Beth's and Mr. Alagarsami's faith in each other overcome obstacles put in their path by Beth's family, Mr. Ala- garsami's jealous mother, and the dictatorial old uncle. One thing is certain: B e t h must share witli readers her a f f e c t i o n f o r t h e n a i v e , straightforward JI r. Alagar- sami, from the time, she meets him in the stuffy third-class train compartment -to the unusual situations that develop after she and this simple Hindu climb nearby Elephant Hill for a picnic. The story is as uncomplicated as Mr. Alagarsami, but ably told, and this readers will like, too. "SOLO FOR SILVER" by Janet Lim (World, $3.95): An autobiography so packed with one adventurous situation after another is this book by a Chinese girl, now in her mid-30s, that the reader wishes she had brought her life story right up to the present. As it is, the story concludes with the end of World War II. Janet Lim, sold as a slave (and concubine) at the age of S, in 1931, to a merchant in Singapore, n o w (according to the cover and ' not the book itself) is matron of St. Andrew's H o s p i t a l in Singapore. The book discloses a part of World War II which has not been written about to any extent: the action as seen by residents of Singapore and l a t e r Sumatra. It s h o w s the wartime "comfort girl" system of the Japanese invaders. Miss · Lim had just b e c o m e a full-fledged nurse when the war broke out. Having come through a childhood full of escapes and ordeals, she found herself ensnared in the same sort of spirit and body- trying adventures as the war progressed. 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