Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 6, 1975 · Page 67
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 67

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Crossword Puzzle Answer (or Sunday, June 29, Cryptoquip: RED SPORTS CAR CAREENED DIZZILY DOWN OUR COUNTY SPEEDWAY'S MEASURED MILE. CRYPTOQUIP Q Y L Y H O A X O K D S K G X O H X R S D L X O K N F L K Y O A J L O N D S Y D R Y E E J F K O D J A Y I , 0 Q L K K O J G Today's Cryptoquip clue: A equals W LEAKING OF BOOKS ACROSS 1 Pierces with a blade 6 Was in debt 10 Wind of the Adriatic 14 Name in aviation's Hall of Fame 18 Chemical comb, form 19 Blow one's stack 20 Wood, sorrels 21 Virginia willows 23 Master of Mount Vernon 25 American patriot 27 What mph ! indicates " 28 Tissue 29 Not a homeowner 30 Scottish infant 31 Agave fiber 32 Without function 33 Postscripta (abbr.) 36 Tractable 39 French coin 40 Revolution.. ary direc- "* tions 50 Spanish matron 51 "Picnic" author 52 Wallace's "Ben---" 53 Uncanny 54 That which senses 55 Letter 56 Rodent 57 Buffoons 59 Epoch 60 Biblical name 62 Manhattan vendor 63 Commercial vessels 64 Declaration - penman 69 Goat antelopes 71 Word with price or dog 72 Seine 73 Aries 76 Italian playing cards 77 Paine, for one 78 Turf 80 Ebb 83 Hindu month 84 Son of Gad 85 Air: var. comb, form 86 Valuable violins 87 Freedom's prelude 92 Corrida cheer 93 Baron, earl, etal. 94 Peer Gynt's mother 95 Arbor (Sp. Amer.) 99 Abigail's husband 101 CouW be Teddy? 105 Love token 106 Word after boob? 107 Aliens 112 Director for 1 40 Across 114 American officer in 87 Across 115 German city 116 Man's name 117 Levantine ketch 118 Valley in Greece 119 Soap-frame bar 120 June bugs 121 Girl's name 122 Appearing eaten .DOWN 1 Adages 2 Ensnare 3 The caama 4 Carve tobs.) 5 Tricky 6 Dress material 7 Scottish inventor 8 Cry of Bacchanals 9 Dad's 38 A staff retreat 39 Baronet's 10 Climbing title hempweed 41 Nio 11 Florida city 42 To's com- 12 Assess- panion ment base 43 Tumuli 13 Sturdy tree 14 Certain 44 Pier, for wooden one vessel 45 Umpire's -15 Biblical call name 46 Arabian 16 Defense org. country 17 Stories 47 Prophet 22 Withered 48 Blunders 24 Blue Eagle 49 Positive 66 Follower 90 Fathers of of Zeno princes 67 Pantry item (Turk.) 68 Salad 91 Potsherds ingredient 95 Forage crop 69 Obi, for one W Store up org. 26 Keep over one's head 28 Diacritical mark 31 Burn slightly 33 Sheriff's band 34 Gibe 35 Cassia plant 37 Miss de Havilland votes (var.) 56 Brit, defense arm 57 Cold French wind 58 Labor org. 61 Printer's measures 62 Beseech 63 Crude metal 64 Urao 65 Shade of pink 70 Perry command-: ed here 73 Networks 74 Spanish : farewell 75 Middle 76 Make, lace 77 Prefix for pod or dent 78 Spanish painter and family 97 Cat's 79 Russian city 81 Large bird 109 Sailor's 98 French city 99 Defect of structure: comb, form 100 German painter 102 Chinese dynasty 103L Growing out IMEyer 107 One on our flag 108 Lean 82 Kind of .burglar 84 Before 85 Musical direction 88 Today's people 89 Gladden saint 110 Corded fabrics 111 Dirk 113 Division of the Baltic Finns 114 Compass reading New scenery, Old Higgins "A CITY ON A HILL," by George V. Higgins, Knopf, tf.95. Before reading George V. Higgins's fourth novel, "A City on a Hill," I thought I was going to be able to report that Higgins had shifted gears -- that instead of producing another of his highly entertaining, although formally somewhat limited, slices of Boston lowlife, such as were "The Friends of Eddie Coyle," "The Digger's Game" and "Cogan's Trade," he had struck off in a new direction, put to work a different facet of his experiences as a lawyer in the Massachusetts attorney general's office and entered the arena of the political novel. So at least one would conclude from the title of Higgins's new book -- taken from a 1630 sermon by the newly appointed governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Winthrop, that went in part: "For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill -- the eyes of all people are upon us." So one would conclude from the characters, who are politicians, and the setting, which ranges from Nantucket, Mass., to Washington. But when you get down to the essentials of the novel, very little has changed. As usual, you have to puzzle hard" at the beginning to get in step with Higgins's story. (In fact, I had to read the first'chapter twice to get the characters and their relationship even approximately straight.) - . . ' As usual, the talk is tough, idiomatic, elliptical, dirty, and realistic (though, of course, the most realistic lines are ones least likely to be spoken by real people, which is what makes Higgins an artist). As usual, the action of the story unfolds between the lines. (It focuses on an idealistic Congressman's righthand man, who is trying to drum up support for a post-Watergate Democratic presidential nominee). And as usual, it presents a deeply cynical view of the human species. (In the city on the hill one glimpses a menagerie of opportunists, alcoholics, and double-cros- sers.) Not that there's anything wrong with Higgins's repeating his form. What he does, he does very well. What he does is write pop-up books in which you turn the page and get hit between the eyes. And in this one, for a change of pace, up pop two major female characters as convincingly sharp-tongued and nasty as any of the men (although Higgins commits an absurd sociological lapse by making'them graduates of the Putney School). Nevertheless, if his sift in subject matter led you to ^expect a major step forward in his technique as a novelist, you will be-disappointed by "A City on a HilV^Only the scenery has changed. ;;:^ By Christopher Lehmann-Haupt Mr. Lehmann-Haupt is a staff writer for the Newport Times. CHARLESTON Parent-child relations "CONSENTING ADULT" by Laura Z. Hobson, Doubleday Co., $7.95. Even if you have no interest whatsoever in what the law has to say regarding consenting adults, you might consider this book important because of its contribution to the thinking concerning mother- father-son relationships. It's not a continuation or .development of -Freud's observations and theories -- although Sigmund is mentioned, almost inevitably. · '"· , This is fiction, good, well-written, absorbing fiction, by the author of "Gentleman's Agreement." The earlier book, published by Simon and Schuster, dealt with a subject considerably, more controversial in the 40's than it is today -- antisemitism in America, and that book was highly successful. It seems to-me that "Consenting Adult" will be equally successful, although it deals with today's problems concerning homosexuality, a subject not likely to be considered placidly by today's readers. Ms. Hobson writes skillfully, with tact. She faces facts squarely, but sees no need for vividly graphic telling. She apparently agrees with a character in the story, an editor who says that truth can be told without explicit description, that masterly writing can convey rather than tell specifically. Central figures are Jeff Lynn, 17 when the. story begins, and his mother and father, both successful editors. We see them through several difficult years. . "^l ·- . Having finished the Book, I counted the pages I had listed as having lines worth remembering or quoting, and found there yrere 24, a fairly large number considering the lack of worthwhile quotes in some books. I found that.many of the . lines I marked give hisight to sons and daughters' resentment of parents' interest. · v Example: "Every damn time" one of us got a prize at school, you'd glow like a lamp, as if it was you getting the prize. Every time one of us got in a jam, you'd look like it was you in trouble. . . " Jeff's mother gains understanding concerning this attitude and adjusts accordingly, without accepting the role of a disinterested bystander. The book is worth reading, perhaps even "must reading." As a character says, "The point is, I guess, it's everybody's business." Shirley Young Campbell July 6,1975. 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