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Sunday, February 15, 1976

TAMARACK'S in town
only 160 left
That's right! There are only 160 job openings left at
Camp Tamarack, in Michigan's lower peninsula. Camp
Tamarack is ,the summer camping program sponsored
by the Detroit Jewish Community, and we have 3 camp
sites in Michigan and Ontario.
We have openings for counselors, specialists, super-
visors, drivers, cooks, nurses. Contract season runs from
about June 15 to August 22.
Our recruiters will be interviewing for these jobs at
Summer Placement, 3200 SAB on Thurs., Feb. 19.
Register in person or by phone 763-4117. Applications


Naipaul's Guerrillas: Clever
plot lacks degree of realism

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paul, Knopf, N.Y.,
pp., $7.95

V.S. Nai-
1975, 248

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The Sixth Ann Arbor
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V.S. NAIPAUL is an exotic
among novelists. Consider
his Hindu ancestry, his boyhood
spent in Trinidad and his Ox-
ford education. Guerrillas, his
ninth work of fiction, reinforces
his reputation for highly skilled
characterization-a skill which
has catapulted him him to the
top of the British literary world.
In the space of a decade, he has
won most of Britain's literary
prizes and risen to the forefront
among important writers.
Guerrillas utilizes m a n y of
the themes familiar to Naipaul's
readers: it centers on emergin
Caribbean countries, their fra-
gile political structures, and the
little futile dramas played out
by people desiring power.
On an unnamed island in the
West Indies it is rumored that
guerrillas are active. Continuing
racial and political hatreds in
addition to the worst drought
in 40 years have made the
climate tense and combustible.
The hills almost smoke in the
fierce heat, the fears and frus-
trations of the people show in
their pinched faces, and large
carrion birds hover overhead in
ominous numbers. In this smol-
dering former British colony,
Europeans like Peter Roche and
his English mistress Jane are
not welcome.
Roche is a man with tenuous
reasons for being on the island.
His duties as a public relations
agent for an old imperialist
firm are vaguely described and
his function as a liaison between
his office and an agricultural
experiment in the hills is of
questionable usefulness. As a
hero of South African resistance

who has written a book on his For Jane it is the leaden reali-
experiences, Roche is an at- zation that "she had come to a
tractive man with few scruples place at the end of the world,
about cashing in on his cele- to a place that had exhausted
brity status. its possibilities." For Roche it
is the quickening sense of futil-
JANE, AN English journalist ity in his workand, ultimately,
I and a kind of Third World in his life. "Every morning he
groupie, is attracted to the po- thought: I've built my whole
litical chic of championing the life on sand.' " Fear, growing
oppressed and casually attaches out of the general decay and
herself to Roche, "a man with dark forebodings, imparts the
a vision." It becomes increas- feeling that the island is under
ingly apparent t h a t neither a state of siege.
Roche nor Jane has any vision
to speak of; e is "45and NAIPAUL is a master of dark
adrift," and she is clearly no landscaping; evil unreality
better than those English wo- drifts through his chapters. He
men she once despised as "em- renders the details, the flavors
pty vessels waiting to be filled and scents of the island, not
by a man." with the evenness and restraint!
RT s first, attr ,to nrhP Iof an artist who understandsE

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'Naipaul is a masts

ing: evil unreality drifts through his chap-
ters. He renders the details, the flavors
and scents of the islandW...with the high,
horrific relish for the grotesque.'
S I- .P .tti
and then to Jimmy Ahmed, the proportion, but rather with a
reputed guerrilla leader. But high, horrific relish for the gro-
Jimmy is certainly no warrior- tz.sque. He is a bloodhound.
Che scheming in the Bolivian drawn unerringly to the rot and
jungles. As the supervisor of a wild man of the hills crouched
Thrushcross Grange and a mod-
estly elegant home, Jimmy is amidst primal filfth and be-
suspended between two camps, wilderment.
both of which claim a share of "Past the junked cars in the
his sympathies: the R i d g e
where Roche and Jane main- sunken fields, past the fac-
tain their tidy little England tories, past more country
home and the City (actually a settlements, t h e suburbs,
sprawling slum) where the they approached the city,
real guerrillas-the street gangs: the rubbish dump smoking
-operate. Obsessed with the yellow-gray, the smoke un-
idea of being a savior to the coiling slowly in the still
island, Jimmy lives in the con-; fence post a black carrion
stant fear of having his pre- corbeau s a t undisturbed;
carious conceits tested. others on the ground hop-
Fear, the rising dread in cir- ped about awkwardly, two
cumstances, pervades the novel. feet at a time.
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Jane rolled up her win-
dow to keep out the oily
smoke and the deep dead
Tensions m o u n t. Something
happens; exactly what, how-
ever, remains unclear. But from
the signals reaching Roche and
Jane on the Ridge, one may
suppose that the revolution has
arrived. A gang leader has
been killed and martyred; Jim-
my is in the streets trying to
exercise his doubtful sway as
a leader; American helicopter
gunships move-in to protect
capitalist-bauxite i n t e r e s t s;
Ridge residents hunker-down for
the worst. Something has occur-
red of major consequence po-
litically, but the signals, so spo-
radic and mysterious, never
coalesce into the expected up-
heaval. Tensions expire some-
what and life gose on.
The climax is reserved for the.
end -of the book and is far more
vivid than the vague events
transpiring in the city. Jane
meets her lover Jimmy for a!
farewell tryst. What happens
bears all of the calm menace
and c h i I I i n g explicitness of
Rojack's performance in An;
American Dream; with aston-
ishing ease the act is completed
and life returns to its suspended
sinister quality.

. 1
And what if the little girl playingwh d
with her dol
r suddenly feels it
watching her, the eyes alive
like the eyes of the fish
mother sliced open on the
kitchen counter?
Does she continue her play in that
dark basement,
that stillness like a bicycle wheel
spinning in air
after the rider has fallen off?
Or does she turn away
to the daylight of hungry dogs
and other children?
-Lawrence Russ
Lawrence Russ is a law student and
a three-time Hopwood Award-winner
in poetry.
Music therapy help S
mentally ill patients
(Continued from Page 3) and then not until 1944. Today
benefit from the therapy. about 30 post-secondary schools
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NAIPAUL has in Guerrillas pond with the notes their ther- A LL THE therapists at the
created a tight, suspenseful apist is playing. This helps in University facilities were
narrative involving people and discrimination of pitch and'profesilmsciansaoe
scenes he knows thoroughly. they're doing it rather thanprfsinlmicastoe
The reader, though untrained in being told about it. Next, each pont in theircareers. A couple
Caribbean flora, fauna and po- child spends another 15 minutes of years ago, for instance, a
litical intrigue, moves quickly developing her skills on the re- bar patron could have enjoyed
through the book with rising in- corder. We've just started read- NPItherapist John Chamber-
terest and gathering expecta- ing music" the 27-year-old in sigig soulful Steve Won-
tions. However, the book still ig siys the 27-year-old der ballads in the Holiday Inn
I aae ofl oehtsotPickett says with a broad smile.
manages to fall somewhat short Finally the kids combine their as a member of the "Sweet
of its mark. Despite the sus- - Maya" jazz band. But he, like
skills in a brief jam session. Ma"jazbn.Bthlk
penseful atmosphere and skillful sk'Ourcarcan provide s uc- the others, abandoned his
Icharacterizations, the n o v e 1 "Our cr a rvd tu~ h tes bnoe i
chaactriztiosthen oy e1 trefor the person's life after search for stardom.
lacks some degree of believabil- tr o h esnslf fe
it. Naipaul has filled his island they get out of the hospital," "During free time," he says
with guerrillas - both elusive Whiting notes, adding that with barely contained excite-
and deadly-but they are too m a n y youngsters who leave ment, "I might go into the
well camouflaged to impart the CPH after undergoing musical music room and start playing a
necessary degree of realism. therapy go on to play in their song on the piano or singing.
Nevertheless, Guerrillas is still school bands or take additional Before you know it, people will
capable of drawing the reader lessons. just start wandering in - staff
into its sinister, tense atmos-! Music has long been used as and patients - and join in ...
phere and one is almost willing: a soothing agent for the sick. singing or clapping hands."
to suspend disbelief in order to But Michigan State University Thanks to Chamberlin's in-
take a fictional trip through this was the first college to offer structions, one young patient
exotic island. a degree in music therapy - mastered the bass guitar and
<<=:: =>o<=:>,a also learned something infinite-
ly more valuable: to "express
F 'himself in a positive way, when
..rA , E) before he showed no interest or
feeling in anything." But,
DAYTONA BEACH-March 6-13 j Chamberlin notes that kind of
individual attention is a some-
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c c see a patient five days a week,
c only $129.00 perhaps ' could do more ..'"
6 days, oceanfront room with color T.V., 2 pools, he says with resigned tones, his
air conditioning and more. hands underscoring the rhyth-
11. You Provide Transportation mic patterns in his speech.
c Although one-to-one care is
5 Days-$48 7 Days-$64 partlyruled out because of
_ 6 Days-$57 8 Days-.-$72 c limited staff and time, the
heavy emphasis on social inter-
In Coniunction with Other Maior Universities action at both NPI and the
children's hospital makes group
nc. music sessions particularly
CALL 995-2051 valuable.
l <--ALTHOUGHthe patients at
NPI and the children's hos-
pital could not be directly in-
.terviewed, they did respond to
Medicine a written survey. "You feel
.. 0$? .... very free with music," stated
one female patient in her twen-
ties. It helps you to give all of
. yourself. It leaves you sing-
Osteopathy ing even when the class is ov
er." When asked what she likes
least about the music therapy
Veterinary classes, the woman responded:
"Having to quit."


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