U-M: The Best and Worst of Times____
With hundreds of new books released each day, it's nearly impossible to
peruse the vast literary market for a comprehensive "best" selection.
What's a book reviewer to do without a staff of hundreds? But here it is, for
what it's worth: a small but noteworthy selection of some of the most in-
teresting and evocative books of the past year (1984-85). Ignoring market
status (we'll leave that to you-know-what Sunday b.s. list), this list is com-
piled with an eye peeled for politically stimulating works, new authors, first
novels, and quality literature that forfeits the dubious honor of placing on
the glittery best-seller list.
characteristic light humor. Chaim
Potok's Davita's Harp is not the
author's most'outstanding but is
nonetheless very good ; like Potok's
previous work's, this one portrays a
character's struggles with religion
(this time, a girl's) and her
disturbing family history. In addition:
Jayne Anne Phillips' Machine Dreams,
Don Delillo's White Noise, Todd McEwen's
Fisher's Hornpipe, and Janice Kincaid's
The year's crop of poetry yielded two
wonderful collections: S. Ben Tov's
During Ceasefire (strongly political
and feminist, a first work), and Molly
Peacock's Raw Heaven (raw indeed in
and Ron Sc
Atop the eighties surge of literature
on Vietnam, a notable book on Viet-
nam veterans has emerged: Bloods
(An Oral History of the Vietnam War by
Black Veterans), by Wallace Terry.
Bloods portrays a handful of black
veterans-infantry, officers, supply
workers-from a variety of backgroun-
ds, most often big city ghettoes or deep
rural South. The book drives home the
idea of a white man's war fought by
lower classes, and of a military
disproportionately represented by
minorities; in all, driving, powerful
Also of note: Joe Klein's Payback,
similarly following the stories of five
veterans; Charlie Clements' Witness to
War, the story of an American doctor
serving behind rebel lines in El
The True Confessions of an Albino
Terrorist, by Breyten Breytenbach,
telling the seven-year ordeal of an im-
prisoned writer in South Africa;
Wyman's The Abandonment of the
Jews, documenting America's
negligent role in the Jewish Holocaust.
Even more: Studs Terkel's "The Good
War", an eye-opening oral history of
World War II; Waiting: The Whites of
South Africa, by Vincent Crapanzano, a
fascinating exploration of the op-
pressors of apartheid; From Time Im-
memorial, by Joan Peters, a con-
troversial expose of Palestinian
history; and The Invisible Children, by
Gitta Sereny, documenting child
prostitution in Europe and America.
My personal favorite was Bright
Lights, Big City, by Jay McInerney. A
fun, fast-paced work that plunges into
hedonistic New York night, this book is
as heady and speedy as a snort of the
white stuff, and it sets McInerney as
one of the most promising young
writers in years to come.
Also among the best is Milan Kun-
dera's The Unbearable Lightness of
Being, a very enjoyable read in which
the author blends spheres of communist
politics, fantasy, sexual passion, Niet-
zchian metaphysics, all with his
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