Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on June 10, 1974 · Page 7
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 7

Carroll, Iowa
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Monday, June 10, 1974
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The Iowa Bookshelf ISLAND OF THE SEVEN HILLS. By Zoe Cass. (Random House, $5.95) A tale of suspense and intrigue that promises to keep you spellbound from the first page. The story, told in the first person, tells of a young woman's determination to solve the mysterious death of her father. Her quest leads her to the small, beautiful Island of Goza, in the Mediterranean near Malta. Miss Cass shows great skill in her vivid descriptions of the colorful Island and native life and ways. The climax of the story is reached when she writes of a tremendous storm at sea, which virtually isolates Times Herald, Carroll, la. _ Monday, June 10, 1974 / IIIMMI»*MI|MIIIIMiMMtlMIIIIIIII»t«IIIIIIMI the Island, and leads the characters through murder, death and terror to a surprise ending. — Charlotte Stickler ORPHANS AND OTHER CHILDREN. By Charles Webb. (Putnam, $6.95) Novelist Webb presents the problem of loneliness in three different areas so this book is really three short stories, each perfect in its own way. First we meet Gwen, a 15 year old spending the summer with an aunt who provides shelter only, while her parents are in the process of divorce. She encounters a nudist couple who take her to their colony. Gwen is used by her new friends, feels abandoned by her parents and peers and the reader is left knowing that Koreans Leaving Shacks as Conditions Improve By Steve Wilson SEOUL, Korea (AP) — Ko Hung-choo is on his way up in the world after starting out as a poor laborer's child and then living with his own family in a squatter's shack on Seoul's outskirts. The stocky 40-year-old father of three boys has now such total despair can only lead to growth. Next we meet the owner of a laundromat who. oddly enough, finds himself an usher at the wedding of total strangers. He too feels used and then abandoned but he is older and deals with it differently. The third story is set in a retirement village where the quit his job as a barber and with his savings is getting ready to buy a vegetable store. And Ko has moved out of that hated squatter's shack and into a city-built, low-income apartment. Ko's gradually improving life and way of thinking probably show a lot about millions of South Koreans who protagonist tries to reach out and establish a relationship with one of his neighbors. In the midst of palm trees and swimming pools he tries to forget that this is where most of them will probably die. The author treats all his characters' plights with compassion, just as he did in his outstanding novel The Graduate. — Helen Stein have benefited from the nation's striking economic growth in recent years. Most of these people seem willing to put up with the increasingly dictatorial rule of President Park Chung-nee as long as the economic gains continue. Ko says his income has jumped from the equivalent of $30 a month five or six years ago to about $75 before he quit working at a nearby barber shop to buy a store. Being a merchant, he thinks, will move him even father up the economic scale. "Things are getting better partly because the pay of workers is up ... and partly because of the government's efforts to see that the living standards of the general public get better," Ko said in an interview at his home. His small two-room apartment is in one of 17 austere brick and cement, five-story buildings perched on a rocky hill on Seoul's northwest outskirts. Thousands of shacks used to fill the area, but they were torn down to make room for the government's low-income apartments. "This is a modern building with a toilet and water and the heating system isn't bad. It's much better than before," Ko said. He pays only about $5 a month on a 15-year mortgage for his two rooms. And he rents one of the rooms to another man. Ko, his three sons and wife all live in the other 6-by-12-foot room. Heat from the charcoal briquets used for cooking warms the traditional Korean "ondol" floor. He has jammed a television, stereo, several chests and other odds and ends into their single room. At night there is barely room for all five of his family members to lie down to sleep. But Ko likes the added income from renting the other room, and he hopes some day to be able to move out and into his own house. The Kum Wha "citizens apartments" where Ko lives are only a few years old, but already the buildings are looking shabby. One of them is being torn down because it was so poorly built that officials were afraid it might collapse on the residents. The problem that is bothering Kb the most is inflation. Prices have gone up more than 20 per cent so far this year. He and his wife now spend about $60 monthly for food and other household necessities, about 50 per cent more than last year. South Korea's economy has grown at an average of nearly 10 per cent over the past decade under President Park's leadership. Last year it grew by almost 17 per cent, but this year growth is expected to be about 8 per cent, according to the government. Park took power in a coup in 1961. He was elected to three four-year terms and then declared martial law in 1972 and had the constitution altered to give him dictatorial powers. DOUBLE GOLD BOND STAMPS EVERY TUESDAY SAVI ARMOUR BONELESS MORRELL YORK Sliced BACON ARMOUR STAR BOOTH FILLET Franks OPEN 24 HOURS EVERY DAY 7 DAYS AWEEK WE WELCOME FOOD STAMP CUSTOMERS V"**R?J|i KAPS TwinPak POTATO CHIPS PARTS MISSING PERCH FILLETS CORNISH HENS TWIN PACK Save Big At B & H Fresh Chicken Legs & Thighs 20 Oz. Each BULK PAK SLICED BOLOGNA ^L^^^V Ib FRESH LEAN CHUCK FLAV-O-RITE Orange Juice BLUE BIRD SMOKED HAM BEER FLAV-0-RITE POT PIES Chicken Beef Turkey FROZEN TOPPING REAL WHIP BLUE SEAL MARGARINE FROZEN DESSERT COSTELLO

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