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July 30, 1944 - Image 8

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civil War Reflections ...

(Continued from. Pag 6)
ed by the artificial orderliness of
life as presented in fiction. We
fumble for a central character
and a central point of view and
find none. We are given false
leads and read on to find that
the unifying agent is not Rome
Hanks, in spite of the title, nor
is it Judson Harrington, nor the
reminiscent Uncle Pink and
Whalen, nor even the great-
grandson, Lee Harrington: We
become intensely interested in
one plane of the narrative and
it is dropped for another-we.
wander in mild confusion
through the garbled thoughts of
three generations and these
thoughts are only weakly drawn
together by the misty figure of
the great-grandson who writes

" And we are supposed to be con-
fused--says Pennell in his "note to
Reader," "The devices of omission
of quotation-marks and the run-
ning-together of several charac-

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ters' speeches in one paragraph
are designed to make the narra-
tive flow from one alembic without
entailing either too much cloudi-
ness or clarity."
This is not to say that there is
not a definite scheme to the book.
The author has attempted, with
only partial success, to recapitu-
late the way a person living now
might rediscover the past. This en-
tails several narratives running
simultaneously, which grow more
confusing as the book moves on to
an increasingly large throng of an-
cestors, relatives, friends, enemies
and acquaintances. Over this is
laid a system of paragraphs which
appear by themselves in italics and-
later reappear in the context, pre-
sumably to give emphasis to what
might otherwise be regarded as in-
significant material. Often the
result is glorified trivia.
ANOTHER FLAW is the length.
It takes just plain too long to
go through all the intricacies of
three generations and arrive at a
young man sitting at a desk shud-
dering at life and reading home-
made sonnets to a picture. The
plan is too ambitious-the author
has tried to be too detailed about
too long and too many lives and
has naturally fallen into occasional
lapses of sentimentality and ba-
.The strong points-which raise
the book above its intricacies-are
in great part stylistic and cannot
be proven except by reading. But
Pennell has the ability to give
swift and lasting impressions of
men and women in a few words
and to write down the atmosphere
of a room or place through one
accurate detail, and his battle
scenes have the appearance of re-
markable accuracy. There are also
portraits of about fifteen people,
each of them complete and color-
ful. It is true that a few here
and there are glorified types, but
because of the constant flux of the
narrative one is not apt to notice.
Pennell is certainly adept at quick
Throughout its span of thirty
years, the book is brutally mel-
ancholic. The great and glori-
ous battles, seen through the
embittered memories of senile
and derelict men, become floods
of needless carnage, surgical
butchery, sadism, maggots, and
disease. The undeserving are
given the rewards which better
men merit. The great mass of
the unsung are killed, wounded,
maimed, ind those who live to
return to their homes, marry,
move westward and bring into
life another generation which
suffers from their hurts and runs
itself out in meaningless wandIr-
ings and struggling for the Great
Chance which never comes.
Pennell has one narrator say,
"Yes, it's a strange world and while
it hurts it fascinates." It is on thisj
ground that the final judgment of1

Canterbury To
Have Shanghai
Teacher Speak
Program Is Listed
For Church Guilds
One of the Sunday guild programs
for today will be a talk by a former
professor at a Shanghai university
who will speak on "Eight Months in
a Japanese Concentration Camp" at
5 p.m. at a meeting of Canterbury
Club of St. Andrew's Episcopal
The speaker, Philip Sullivan, for-
merly taught economics at St. John's
University in Shanghai and was in-
terned in 1942 by the Japanese. The
group will meet at Page Hall togo to
the Hunter residence for swimming,
supper and the talk.
Missionary To Speak
A missionary in China for 40 years
is the record of Dr. Alexander Paul,
who will speak to the Congregational-
Disciples Guild at the outdoor pro-
gram at Riverside Park. The group
will leave the Guild House at 4 p.m.
Dr. Paul of the Disciples of Christ
was sent to China to study its politi-
cal and social life and was recently
repatriated on the Gripsholm.
The Lutheran Student Association
will meet at 4:30 p.m. today at the
Zion Parish Hall to hear Dr. Eoch
Peterson of the Archaeological mu-
seum speak. His topic will be the
University expedition in the Fayum
region of Egypt.
Gamma Delta To Meet
The regular supper meeting of
Gamma Delta, Lutheran Student
Club, will be held at 5:30 p.m. today
at the Student Center on Washtenaw.
Ralph Hoffmeyer, A-S, will give a
review of C. S. Lewis's book, "Christ-
ian Behavior."
Dr. William Lemon will conclude
his summer lecture series on religion
and the world's literature by discuss-
ing Goethe's "Faust" at 4:30 p.m.
today at the First Presbyterian
Church. Supper and social hour will
Roger Williams Guild Program
Alfred Ray, a student from Persia,
will discuss "Autonomy of Subject
Peoples" at the Roger Williams Guild
meeting at 5 p.m. today in the Guild
The class for University students
at the First Methodist Church will
have "Family Achievement" as the
topic for their meeting from 9:30 to
10:30 a.m. in the Wesleyan lounge.
The Wesleyan Guild will meet at
5 p.m. to continue their discussions
on the church. Supper and fellow-
ship hour will be held afterwards.
a given reader will probably be
made, since the whole book is an
echo of that sentence. If the read-
er is not able to stomach such a
dose of pessimism he probably
won't be able to stomach The His-
tory of Rome Hanks. If not, it
is his own loss.

L E A D E R -Sombrero-topped
Xavier Cugat, rhumba king, was
chosen to conduct the Mexican
Symphony orchestra in a series
of weekly concerts at Mexican
army camps.

W R E C K A C E 0 F W A R--On the beach at San Stefano, Italy, wrecked ships bear =ute testi.
mony to the effectiveness of attacks by the Mediterranean Allied air forces.



F L I E R A ND B U I L D E R-Gen. H. H, Arnold, chief of the
Army Air Forces, chats with Henry Ford during a visit to the
Willow Run plant to watch production of B-24 Liberator bombers.
Both put autographs on a plane.

T R O UB0 LE S OME S A N D - saipan sand In his shoes
bothers Marine Pfc. Raymond L. Hubert of Detroit more than they
huge unexploded naval shell, which he uses as a convenient bench,

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Henry Burt of the Univer-
sity Museum in coopera-
tion with scientists from
the Cranbrook Institute of
Science. This work, the
first of its kind in the field
of science, will cover a
period of six weeks.
* * *
DAYS" and other familiar
Michigan songs were heard
at a summer Campus Sing,
sponsored by the Varsity
Glee Club Friday night in
front of the Main Library.
Oswald Lampkins, bari-
tone, was guest soloist.
* * *
EXPLOSION, resulting
resulting from collision of
an Ann Arbor Railway
train and a gasoline truck
at the South State Street
crossing Friday afternoon,
injured three men, endan-
gered the lives of nearly
50 passengers and com-

of its kind at the Univer-
sity. About the same size
as the European Area
Training School, which
was discontinued in Janu-
ary, the new program will
last longer and will include
naval officers as well as
Army men. Languages,
essential characteristics of
people of the Far East and
application of principles of
military government to oc-
cupied territory will be
taught during the six
months intensive course.
* * *
on campus met yesterday
to form a Veterans Society
with the aim of helping to
solve problems that con-
front all men who are re-
turning from the services
to collegiate or graduate
studies. Clark Tibbitts, di-
rector of the Veterans Ser-
vice Bureau, spoke to the
group. One hundred vet-

mal wedding Lilly Dache de=
signed this tulle snood sprinkled
with flowers. Olga Tritt de-
signed the diamond flower ear-
clips, the matching lavalier with
pear-shaped center diamond, and
marquise-cut engagement ring.

T H U N-D E R B O L T S P L I T S C L O U D S - Its undercarriage folding up, a Thunderbolt
fighter with two 250-pound wing bombs and an auxiliary fuel tank streaks for targets in France.

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