Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 13, 1972 · Page 84
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August 13, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 84

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SPEAKING OF BOOKS Landlord vs. tenants in Gotham Desert drama "BLOCKBUSTER" by Gerald Green, Doubleday, 17.95. Will justice triumph over all? In New York City? Well, as everyone knows, there is no real justice to be had in New York City, because of the obstacle Course of bureaucratic formalities only the most persistent, diligent and shrewd citizen- athlete can wade through, hurdle and finally overcome. In Gerald Green's latest^ *"" '*·*--T"- * J**l «-l_U*t · | A W J [ novel, ;pioc.KMu;t£!Y'-- goodness takes the form of a ' tenants' committee trying to outlast evil Rudy Dukes, hired to clean them out of their West Side apartment house. Based on a real case history, the reader is treated to a living nightmare experienced by people made insignificant by the demands of profit and greed. Dave Loomis, a successful architect with a pregnant wife; Tony Paz, a proud Puerto Rican holding down three jobs, and others are given initial .hints their homes are temporary when the steel ball wrecker levels the two buildings-adjacent to them. Rudy Dukes then arranges for the halls in their brownstone to be smeared with excrement, for a dead dog to be thrown into their incinerator and sudden fires to break out in the middle of the night. One group of Puerto Rican families leave out of fear, a black couple and their child are embarrassed out, and a middle class white couple is bought out. One by one they leave, but a small, tight group stays on to fight until the bitter end. The reader soon grasps that Rudy Dukes, as tough and unscrupulous as he appears to be, is merely an instrument of the invisible and wealthy landlord, E. J. _ Puttering, and a monolithic "real estate corporation interested in erecting a $30 million high rent, high rise in place of the brownstone. The inevitability of the tenants losing their homes is ' secondary to man's fight for justice. ^ And justice is a vague reward hiding behind a wall of indifferent police Best Sellers (C) 1972 New York Times Service This analysis is based on reports obtained from more than 125 bookstores in 64 communities of the United States. FICTION "Jonathan Livingston Seagull," Bach. "The Winds of War," Wouk. "Captains and the Kings," Caldwell. "My Name Is Aslier Lev," Potok. "The Word," Wallace. GENERAL "0 Jerusalem!" Collins and Lapierre. "I'm O.K.-You're O.K.," . Harris. "The Boys of Summer," Kahn. "The Superlawyers," Goulden. "Open Marriage," O'Neill O'Neill. and streams of triplicate forms to be filled out at the Rent Administration office. Gerald Green Is an accomplished author and he has a gift of handling many characters at once and handling them well. Tony Paz is lovable as the tough little PR cursing and shaking his fists at the indestructible Rudy Dukes, who rides around mockingly in a plush, chauffered limousine. A young man named Hart plays a significant role as the parish yclasteer who. Jea^ Jhj, tenants, but Wno is an apparent weakling. Green also penetrates the c h a r a c t e r s of the Schlossmans, a father and daughter who survived the terrors of Auschwitz, but c a n ' t apply the same strength to ward off a threat to their home. One lasting impression "Blockbuster" makes is that small struggles can be won with patience and stamina. Don't tackle the police, courts, and massive corporations all at once. Fill out the forms, wait in line and don't let go. Gerald Green gained a wide reputation with his previous novels, especially "To Brooklyn With Love" and "The Last Angry Man". Since "Blockbuster" doesn't only happen in New York, but also in every big, congested U.S.A. city, Green will again make a big hit with the reading public. Jack Donahue Mr. Donahue, author of "The Rafts We Sail and Other Poems". "DEATHWATCH," by Robb White, Doubleday Company, Inc., $4.95. This is j book about a corporation president and a college student but don't jump to conclusions. Not when the president is a sadistic killer, the student an intended victim, and the desert burns hot around them for miles and miles. Madec, the executive, has come to the desert to hunt big-horn sheep. He persuades young Ben, familiar with the area and in need of juJtiCD .mSfleyr Jo be his guide. On the third day~out and the fifth page in, Madec f i r e s the shot w h i c h precipitates all of the action which follows. Though Ben has warned him to wait, Madec's - eagerness to kill one of the elusive bighorn causes him to squeeze his rifle's trigger as soon as he sees movement in the rocks above him. The bullet strikes and kills an old prospector. Wanting to avoid even t h e m i n o r c o n sequences of an accidental shooting, Madec tries to persuade_Ben to keep silent, the'youth refuses. As a result, Madec forces him at gunpoint to^hed his clothing snd suffer *· ravages 2LJL... desert, knowing the nearest highway is 45 miles away. "... I don't think you can survive those 45 miles, Ben," he tells him. "With no water? I'll see to it that you don't get any. As a matter of fact, I'll harass you all the way." The suspense from this point is such that you'll find yourself carrying the book with you on your frequent trips to the kitchen sink to g e t w a t e r . I t ' s t h a t absorbing. A corporation president and a college student, but the business world was never like this. Was it? --J. V. Pinsoi Mr. Pinson is a free-lance **** ~ ~ - --.. » u 1- writcr from vvum-T i ".,- · Fla. Non-whites in South Africa "THE GOLDEN CITY," by Enver Carim, Grove Press, Inc., $4.95. This story is the initial novel of the author who was born and educated in the " g o l d e n c i t y " of Johannesburg, South Africa. The narrator, an Indian named Haroun, and his family are preparing to leave for England, to "see what it's like, hear what they talk about." Prior to t h e i r l e a v i n g , he ( t h e narrator) sketches in rather swift and skillful details life in Johannesburg, where apartheid,is the controlling force. Apartheid policies, with their frustrations, guile and intrigues, regulate and classify the lives of citizens of the golden city who may be of mixed blood, as Haroun. This is different f r o m b e i n g a Cape "colored" man who may be white-skinned but fully unequal to the Afrikaner, a South African of Dutch or Huguenot descent--a Boer, or to the white man of British stock. Apartheid dictates a separateness of these lives and ways of life among South Africa's residents. In this insanely mad, partitioned society, the black African native writhes without his fundamental rights or dignity, yet with the knowledge that it's his labor which keeps intact the entire structure of the state. Various incredible and seemingly intolerable facts of the apartheid system pervade the very fabric of the story. The author comments wryly, sometimes bitterly, about the entanglements of the policies of a country which creates is own elite class, as well as an overwhelming power to protect it--a police power. He (the author) selects narrative that will add to rather than detract from events he chooses to comment on life of a non-white in this most cosmopolitan of South Africa's cities. Also does he describe most remarkably people who, to him, are "still alive"--the Indian (Haroun and Bakes), the Cape colored (Donnie and Pirie), the black African native. Though their lives are restricted and their rights denied, these "alive" people are aware of those who control them, the so- called arrogant Afrikaners, w h o a r e c o n s i d e r e d somewhat dead and unreal. We, the readers, must draw our own conclusions as to the "aliveness" or "deadness" of the people of South Africa. --Rosa L. Picket Misi Picket Is associate professor in modern foreign languages at West Virginia State College. Suspense tale "THE POELLENBERG I N H E R I T A N C E , " by Evelyn Anthony, Coward, McCann Geoghegan, $6.95. The exciting new suspense novel by the English author, E v e l y n A n t h o n y , i m - mediately captures the reader's interest. It is a deftly told story of a young woman's search for her father, a notorious general in Hitler's Army, long b e l i e v e d d e a d . C i r - cumstances not of her choosing turn it into a search for the Poellenberg Salt, a jeweled Cellini masterpiece, t h e s i n i s t e r s y m b o l threading its way through many lives. Events take place in England, France, and Germany w i t h h i s t o r i c a l references relating to World War Two. The author writes knowledgeably of her varied backgrounds. She provides an abundance of surprises and shocks in the pursuit of the priceless treasure. In w h a t appears to be a hopelessly tangled plot, she expertly gathers the loose ends into the amazing climax. The several characters, although u n u s u a l , are believable. They move about n a t u r a l l y i n t h e well designed plot. A private investigator provides love interest and excitement. Although much happens in a short space of time, the pace of the novel does not seem h u r r i e d . The excellence of language and attention to detail perhaps convey this impression. However, the story by no means drags, nor is it ever dull. "The Poellenberg Inheritance" is provocative reading for suspense buffs. Lucile Rosenberg (Miss Rosenberg is a freelance writer oi Pair Oaks, Calif.) STATE MAGAZINE, Augustl3,1972 THE YOUNG CHILDREN S ENCYCLOPEDIA fo*f**tr t£A*NC*f.AMD JOYtAflSOfASf. BRITANNICA JUNIOR ENCYCLOPAEDIA ft 2,500 ES OF ORIGINAL PIC- TUMS.POEMS. HOW-TO-PO-ir WWJECTS.ANP IMTfRKTINC STORIES. COMPLETE COVERAGE WITH SIMPLIFIED VOCABULARY, EASV-TO-READ TYPE. OF COlO* PHOTO'f, MAPS AND KAWINGS. IS VOLUMES.' CQMP1 FTP SET Vff f |f ( y TINKEHBELL BUBBLE AND SPRAY SET BEDKNOBS BROOMSTICKS scar- PROPERED ACTION BED. Knickerbocker A BIG PRIZE! co/.o4-r#/s cowresr PICTURE. NUGIW. CAM Ot 1HIJ P»«t """"'" MOTItllO IT MAIL _J CHARLESTON, W. VA. 21m

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