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WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 1928
V ooks of
The Road to Heaven by Thomas Beer.
Alfred A. Knopf. $2.50.
The Road to Heaven by Thomas
Beer is an unpleasant work with its
coarse and common people huddled
in the darknesses of New York City
from which they are attempting
escape. At least Lamon whose nick-
name, "Lame," suites him better be-
lieves he sees a way of dodging the
rumbling elevateds and the filthy
street by returning to his farm near
Cleveland, Ohio. He is a character
who has tasted all the cold and
greasy fats of life in his meanderings
from Seattle to Boston. During the
ted or fifteen years of his early life
thus spent he has been a worker at
any number of unimportant jobs from
a salesman to a journalist of meagre
worth. The friends whom he picks
certainly add no lustre or interest to
his career. He seems to live by luck
and chance mostly, for his relatives
take more of an interest in him than
is the rule with most kin and they
keep him from starvation at the crit-
ical time by a check.
His friends seem to think well of
him and that is a point which should
make the reader sympathetic to his
condition and his troubles. Every

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?the lDay
place he goes or every time his father
invites him to leave his scattered
friends issue invitations to him to live
with them and they will find him a
job. He at least has the attraction to
win men and women, both, to show
interest in his welfare.
His devoteds, however, are common
in their thinking and crude in their
actions. The reader, at this point,
imagines that the author considers
that the great bulk of the people are
like this. They talk with a vulgar t
crudity and deal with questions like
love and sex much the same way as
the other part of their existence is
lived. The reader feels that the char-
acters are true although he does not
want to believe it: he feels that they
are replicas of hundreds who may
be seen daily at the pleasure resorts
or on cross-town street cars.
The author rather snatches at
something in human nature when lie
propounds the theme that there is a
hidden longing in this man for some-
thing which would be a fulfillment
to him. Most every person has some
desire ungratified in this hodge-podge
existence, but because someone hasn't!
died or because someone has been
born the desired is higher than thel

arm's stretch.
Although The Road to Heaven by
Beer rather lives up to this pun with
all of its cheap liquor and sex parties
the author has cut out a precise pat-
tern of life. In spite of the fact that
Lamon is seeking a heaven he is un-
sympathetic because he has no fine-
ness of nature: the author has made
him true-an uncultured mammal who
knows about life and lives it in his
somewhat dirty and lazy manner. The
author makes what might be reckon-
ed as a photograph of Lamon from
the vivid and carefully selected details
which he puts down. Beer has done
what few men can, for in spite of his
college training, his course at the
Columbia Law school, and his experi-
ence as an officer in the artillery he
can see the life of of the majority-
not as it is lived in a smug little col-
lege town with all the niceties and
perfections but in a throbbing mettro-
polis where people attempt to get a.
hundred per cent out of it by putting
scarcely twenty-five in. Beer has'
grappled successfully with Lamon and
his friends in motley incidents which
because of their precision and sharp-
eness show the protagonist off with-
out mincing with circumstances.
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Book Store.) K. S.
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