TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 1928
THE SUMMER MICHIGAN DAILY
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Books of the Day
Eva's Apples, by William Gerhardi
Duffield & Co., New York, 1928.
Perhaps William Gerhadi had
dreams of being heralded as a modern
Jonathan Swift or as a keen and bit-
ter Voltaire when he, wrote "Poly-
glots" and "Eva's Apples." Un-
doubtedly Mr. Gerhardi has achieved
some of the best in clever and witty
satire in these two volumes; has at-
tacked science, religion, morality,
and .indeed, almost everything that
goes to make up today's civilization.
But with it all, he fails to attain to
any high range of art. His writing is
sparkling and vigorous but it does
not have that solemn undertone that
is an essential of the finest literature,
be it satire, comedy, or what not.
The author has taken as a text for
his story a quotation from the bible:
"And he carried me away in the spirit
to a .high mountain . . . . . . and
her light was like unto a stone most
precious, even like a jasper, clear as
crystal." The reason for the use
of this text is certainly not made as
clear as the jasper stone in this novel,
for the author induces anything but a
religious atmosphere into it. Its re-
levancy must consist in the author's
obvious attempt to satirize religion.+
Of .course, the Garden of Eden must
be brought in somewhere, but Ger-
hardi has chosen to make it the last'
thing in the book after Eva has par-'
taken of several varieties of forbid-'
The story itself is very easily told.
It is the clever embellishments of the
author that add spice and interest to
the whole thing. Frank Dickin, as
struggling young novelist, is taken i
under the wing of a very rich andI
very erratic old publisher, Lord Ot-
tercove. Dickin is in love with Eva
Kerr, whop is also the object of the]
affections of a scientist, Lord de
Jones. Eva, although she loves Dick-
in and has children by de Jones, fin-
ally marries Lord Otercove. After
various more or less amusing adven-
tures all over the continent of Eu-
rope, the time comes when de Jones
decides to wipe out the earth. He doest
this by disintergrating an atom there-
by causing all the atoms to disin-t
tegrate since they.have lost their
Einsteinian relativity. However, he
vaccinates one mountain top against
destruction, and at the close of the
narrative we find Eva, Dickin, de
Jones, and a group of Austrians iso-
lated on this mountain top in space,
and confronted with the problem of
re-populating the world and creating
a new culture on it.
This is certainly a new twist on
relativity, and is without doubt one
of the cleverest-pieces of satire in the
book. But Gerhardi's cleverness
does not stop here by any means. He
discloses the complete workings of a
great newspaper publishing house
for all the world to see, and then very
inconsiderately laughs at them. He
even goes so far as to make Lord
Ottercove a caricatire of Lord Beaver-
brook, British publisher and pro-
pagandist. Another character in the;
book, Vernon Sprott, is an exagger-
ated picture of the English novelist,
Arnold Bennet, and the hero himself
is supposed to be none other than
In fact the whole thing is more
or less of a burlesque of modern life
in all its aspects. In this respect it
carries on the Gerhardi traditions as1
established in "The Polyglots." Ger-
hardi, however, is making the mistake
of attempting to follow in the foot-
steps of his friend, Bennett, when he
writes books of this sort for the ob-
vious purpose of making money. If
there is one thing that annoys the
public, it is to have an author making
a goat of them in this manner.
"The most favorable state of mind
for a novelist in the act of writing a
novel is to be himself," Mr. Gerhardt
declared preliminary to the publish-
ing of this latest work of his. We sus-
pect that the author was very, very
much in love at the time that he1
wrote this novel, so much indeed thatE
he was blind to the real assinity of it;
(By courtesy of the Grahma Book
ILLINOIS.-The tenth anniversary
of the founding of the bureau of edu-
cational research here was celebrat-;
ed last week at a banquet held under
the auspices of Phi Delta Kappa.
AMERICANS LEAD IN OLYMPICS
(By Associated Press)
AMSTERDAM, August 6.-The final
unofficial point score standing of the
Olympic track and field champion-
ships, giving 10 points for first place,
5 for second, 4 for third, 3 for fourth,f
2 for fifth and 1 for sixth, follows:
Hungary ................... 5
AMSTERDAM, August 6.-Amer-
ica's Olympic track and field stars
will have a busier program during
the next two weeks than they had
last week. Starting Tuesday in a
meet against the Germans, French,
and Swedes at Colonge, Germany, the
Americans are scheduled to compete
with the British Empire, at, Paris,
and at Ghent, Belgium.
SIX GAMES CARDED
WASHINGTON, Pa., August 6.-Six
games have been scheduled for the
Washington and Jefferson college
freshman football team, according to
a recent announcement. The schedule
includes games with University of
Pittsburgh, Carnegie Tech, and West-
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