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November 15, 1968 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-11-15

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'From Plymouth to Appomattox'— Ea rly Jewish Settlers Jewish Artist
the cessation of hostilities be- are part of the great drama de- Depicts 'Rape of
America's past and the glorious
tween North and South is defined scribed in this history.
of this nation from 1776 to
'Lonesome Cities': history
America as a place of refuge Czechoslovakia'
as follows: "Now that the fight-
1861 is told for young readers in a
ing was over, it seemed that for the oppressed is adequately de-
fashion exciting interest and devo-
Czechoslovakia's tragedy has
R. McKuen Poems tion. In "The Landmark History of humanity had suddenly returned. scribed, and Boorstin tells the fol- been

8—Friday, November 15, 1968

Rod McKuen, novelist, lecturer,
night club entertainer, movie star,
stunt man, laborer, disc jockey—
and lots more!—is a best-selling
This popular man is the author
of a new collection of poems,
"Lonesome Cities," published by
Random House.
His themes in this interesting
set of poems include dedications
to Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo,
Cheyenne and San Francisco, and
numerous others which admit to
the glory of a man of many talents.




recorded in many articles,
Lee heard Grant's terms of sur- lowing in relation to the settlement
the American People—From Ply-
and the Soviet assault upon that
render. Grant was more gener- of the first Jews in this country:
mouth to Appomattox," published
freedoms is receiving
"From Brazil came Jews. They
ous than he needed to be. He
by Random House, Daniel J. Boor-
were descendants of those who the rebukes of freedom-loving peo-
allowed Southern officers to keep
stin provides a record that will
had been expelled from Spain ple everywhere. A most impressive
inspire even those who have heard
their swords — the symbols of
and Portugal by Ferdinand and indictment of the Soviet aggression
their honor—and he allowed offi-
the story time and time again.
Isabella in 1492, and they had is contained in a booklet of car-
cers and men to keep their
Boorstin's work is noteworthy for
first sought asylum in the Nether. toons by the Jewish artist, Anthony
horses, so they could go home
its clarity and completeness, its
lands before coming to South Swerling, published in Cambridge,
emphasis on the democratic way
and plant their crops. Lee was
America. But they needed a new England.
touched. 'This,' he said, 'will
of American- life, his delineation
American haven when the Per•
of events, of the great American
have a very happy effect upon
Under the title "The Rape of
leaders who fathered this nation,
my army.' A renewed nation,
tuguese, who took over Brazil Czechoslovakia," this 64-page bro-
and especially the historic events
fused in the fires of war, would
in 1654, threatened them with the chure by the 23-year-old author, in
of the Civil War out of which he
now seek its destiny in peace."
tortures of another Inquisition. text and pictures, describes "Two
describes the emergence of a re-
This country's transformation
The stern and narrow-minded
Weeks of Cohabitation With Her
unified nation.
into a vast industrial area, the
Dutch Governor Peter Stnyvesant (Czechoslovakia's) Soviet Allies."
His history, as indicated, ends conquest of undeveloped areas, the
hesitated to receive them. But It covers the
August September
with the Appomattox Battle, and emergence of a democratic ideal
the directors of the Dutch West
1968 events, exposes the lies about
India Company reminded him counter-revolutionary aid to the
that the Jews actually held
Czechs from foreign sources, as
shares in the company. The Jews was charged by the Russians;
must be welcomed, provided
shows how the raped country is
they looked after their own poor. "wedged to Russia";
indicates the
Then began the privately sup-
role of Czechs who were in London
Isaac Bashevis Singer is the
Many interesting episodes mark
ported Jewish charities which and refused to return to their
mystic. He is the master story the text of the new narratives.
have flourished ever since in
homes that had been invaded by
teller who is able to fuse the old There is one about the women who
New York."
the Russians.
with the new, _the experiences in entertain the hope of marriage af-
In many other ways, describing
the Old World with those in this ter death because they could not the role of other elements dealing
The position of Red China which
country where he now has the ac- get spouses in their lifetime. There with historic data in a fashion that
protested the USSR action, the
ceptance as one of the masters in is a bird in a murder story—a will excite the imagination and the "negotiations" between Czechs and
the narrative field.
mistress killed for her unkindness interest of young readers, Boorstin Russians and other elements in the
In "The Seance," his newest to the bird the man became at- has developed splendidly the theme two-week struggle are graphically
collection of 16 short stories, pub- tached to. The Moneylender again emphasizing landmarks in dealing depicted in this impressive collec-
lished by Farrar, Straus and Gi- plays a role. Rituals abound. And with early American history.
tion of cartoons.
roux, he introduces his readers as an author Singer is able to ex-
pose the plagiarist in a story un-
der that title.
Twelve translators who trans-
formed this collection from Yid-
dish into English are credited with
their labors in an author's note in
411111111Lhos better idea
which Singer points out that he
himself often was a co-translator
Because they have
of stories.
"The Seance" is certain to rank
among Singer's best collections of
short stories. It follows an es-
tablished style that has gained
wide acclaim, and the stories' texts
adhere to traditional emphasis
which retain a deep interest in a
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Singer's 'The Seance' Enriches
Eminent Author's Fiction Works

McDonald Ford



again to the characters who hail
from the ghettos and who are
either seeking or have found inte-
gration in New York.

A most remarkable
selection of


The Dybbuk again is a source of
activity as it affects some of his
characters. The Jewish holiday
spirit is in some of the tales. In
all of them there still is the resi-
due of the accumulated inspira-
tional material evolving out of a
people's agonies as well as joys.


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In the title story, "The Se-
ance," the author resorts to the
Ouija board, to a widow's search
for contact with her dead hus-
band. She befriends an authoi-
professor who had left his fam-
ily and who in turn seeks con-
tact through the Ouija board
with a girl be was in love with.
The widow plays a trick, has
some one impersonate the girl,
later takes the impoverished
and rejected professor into her
The longest story is the final
one, "The Letter Writer," in
which the problem of the aged is
treated with the skill that has been
shown so ably by Singer.
There is deep emotion in the
Singer narratives. In "The Letter
Writer" we have the fears, the
agonies of an --aging man who
seeks an encouraging word, and
receiving it acquires the comfort
that is embodied in a narrative
that emerges as a human docu-
When Singer transfers his in-
terests to Central Park, to the
Jews who have migrated from the
shtetel to the American metropo-
lis, he is as effective as when he
deals with the Polish. and Lithuan-
ian Jews. But those who are in his
American stories still are the
Jews of the Old World with whom
he is so lvell acquainted.


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