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September 02, 1966 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-09-02

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Noteworthy Character Study
in James Yaffe's New Novel

James Yaffe, who taught crea-
tive writing at Colorado College
during the just concluded sum-
mer session, whose short stories
have appeared in a number of na-
tional magazines and whose play
"The Deadly Game" is an off-
Broadway production that was
among the 10 best plays in 1960,
has earned new laurels with his
newest novel, "Nobody Does You
Any Favors," published by G. P.
Putnam's Sons (200 Madison,
N.Y. 16).
Yaffe's newest work is a fam-
ily portrait, a character study,
the portrayal of a conflict within
a single person that causes him
to emerge as a tragic element in
a society that has its competitive
glories marked by financial suc-
cesses, contracted by the artistic
urge that rejects mammonism.
Arnold Hermann early in life
set out to become a rich man. Un-
like his brother who was motivated
by ideals and pursued his college
studies, Leonard commenced early
to seek financial success. He at-
tained it, but in the course of it
he faced conflicts—with his two
wives, especially the first, his son,
his brother, his mother-in-law.
There were some good quali-
ties in Arnold, but they were
always relative. He sought the
best for his son, but Roger pre-
ferred to be an artist rather
then enter the rich leather busi-
ness, and he finally pursued his
own rather than his father's de-
sires. In the course of it, there
were tragic conflicts. There also
were the comic elements and all
the developments are described
so dignifiedly, in such good
'taste, that the Yaffe novel is
among the very wholesome
works of the decade.
While the Yaffe novel is about a
Jewish family, it is only in one in-
stance that Arnold's Jewish atti-
tude is recorded. Arnold recalled
the wooing his first wife, Arnold
was good to his brother-in-law
Maurice whom he aided financially
when he needed means to send
his son to college and on other
occasions. But Arnold imagined
that Maurice Lustig sneered at
him. Much later, after he had
again come to Maurice's assist-
ance, Arnold, in a reverie, recall-
ed:
"Over 30 years later, but still I
can see that anotty smile—Riding
in his Cadillac, for instance,
through some filthy slummy
streets. The dirty buildings, prac-
tically ready to fall down—fire
escapes in front of every one of
them. To Arnold nothing was so

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Shalom Adds
Golfers' Cruise

Zim Lines announced a third
Caribbean cruise sailing from Port
Everglades, Fla., on, the S/S
Shalom's 1966-67 winter cruise
schedule.
The departure date for the nine-
day cruise is Dec. 1. The Shalom
returns to the South Florida port
Dec. 10.
The cruise includes calls at
Freeport, Bahamas, Montego Bay,
Jamaica, San Juan, Puerto Rico
and St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
The additional cruise was sched-
uled as a result of heavy public
response to two previously an-
nounced cruises from Port Ever-
glades. These are a nine-day
cruise departing on Nov. 17 and
a seven-day cruise leaving Jan. 6.
The . Dec. 1 cruise from Port
Everglades, which originates in
New York on Nov. 29, will be a
golfers' c r u i s e. Arrangements
have been made for the use of
golf club facilities at every port
of call for Shalom passengers who
wish to play. In addition, the
Shalom will carry a PGA instruc-
tor and will provide a practice
driving range while at sea.
The Shalom will make a total
of nine Caribbean cruises this sea-
son, running from Nov. 2 through
Feb. 28'

slummy as fire escapes. On Stan
ton Street all the buildings had
been covered with them. The first
thing he did, when he finally
started making money, was move
Selma and himself into a build-
ing without fire escapes. And sud-
denly, when the Cadillac was in
the middle of this slummy street,
he would hear somebody yelling
from a window in Yiddish. And
right away he would feel himself
shaking a little. The sound of those
Yiddish words—there wasn't an
uglier language in the world! He
had hated it when Mama and Papa
used to talk it. But he knew it
wasn't only the sound of the words
that made him shake—it was find-
ing out he could still understand
them. He didn't want to under-
stand that rotten language. It put
into his head a hundred things he
never wanted to remember again—
Hebrew letters on store windows,
the old men waling and chanting
in the synagogue, the mezuzah
nailed up outside the front door.
So everybody can see it. So Mau-
rice Lustig could smile at it—
"But I don't have anything
against being Jewish, he thought,
taking another gulp from his glass.
This is something nobody can
accuse me of. Don't I belong to
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the temple — the biggest reform
temple on Fifth Avenue? Don't I
fast on Yom Kippur? And the
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UJA should only get as much
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money from anybody as they get
from me! What's more, I got a * NORTHLAND FORD
definite opinion of Jews who make
10 Mile at Greenfield
out they aren't Jews, who call
Oak Park LI 8-0800
themselves Unitarian or Ethical 4**********************.
Culture or God know what else.
Phonies and cowards is what I
HARRY THOMAS
call them I'm proud I should be
Jewish — but American Jewish —
Fine Clothes for
not that ignorant foreign kind—"
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exposing the prejudice that is so
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background is just the money-
making, that makes "Nobody
Does You Any Favors" stand
out as a splendid novel.
Roger is as .a stranger to his
Jewish background in the Yaffe
novel. But he also is like a stranger
to his father. Arnold tried his best
to suppress Roger's - artistic sense.
But Roger, recalling his mother,
remembered Selma's admonition
that he should be himself.
Yaffe has produced a fine work.
He has artistically lined up an in-
teresting array of members of
Arnold Hermann's family, his
friends, his associates. He shows
how hard a taskmaster a money-
maker can be, and he also indi-
cates that his resistance to the
human elements in life can be
broken. Thus we have a note-
worthy family portrait and a
powerful evaluation of human
traits in an exceptionally well
written narrative.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, September 2, 1966-13

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Israel on Guard
Against Cholera
Dangers in M.E.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The
Israeli Health Ministry announced
there was no danger of cholera in
Israel after reports of an outbreak
of the disease in Iraq and Jordan.
Israeli health experts were re-
ported keeping a close watch on
reports' from the stricken areas.
All possible precautions have been
taken in Israel, the ministry said.
Since there is no direct border
between Iraq and Israel, there has
been no danger of anyone from
Iraq bringing the disease over into
Israel. The crossing from Jordan
to Israel is similarly rare and very
restrictive. Thus Israeli health
authorities are in a position to
examine more closely those
foreigners who receive permits to
cross from Jordan into Israel.

There is no being eloquent for
atheism. In that exhausted receiver
the mind cannot use its wings—
the clearest proof that it is out of
its element.—Hare.

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