Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, April 8, 1972 THE LETHBSIDG! HERALD Book Reviews Comments on a variety of publications Focus on the "The Road Across 1'amuln" by Edward AlvCourl (Mac- inillan Company of Canada, softback, 199 "PIRST published in 1965, Ihia book deserves to re- printed. The few instances in which it is now out of date arc easily overlooked because of the sheer delight Hie text af- fords the reader. Beginning in St. John's and ending in Vic- toria, tiie author takes one on a trip on the Trans-Canada Highway that is entertaining, informative and enchanting. Historical incidents, and per- sonal anecdotes are mixed in with beautifully descriptive passages. It is a marvellous book, written by a superb craftsman in the English lan- guage. No Canadian or read- er of English anywhere should lemain unacquainted with this book. UOUG WALKER. to Eat in Canada" by Anne Hardy and Sondra d o 11 I c b (0 1) c r o n Press. rpHlS will be a good guide for travellers who like to know where to find fine food. The authors decided that Ca- nadian cities and towns have some good eating places and set about collating facts, menus and prices to aid those who are not necessarily gourmets, but who hate to get into greasy spoons. The authors had to rely on recommendations from Friends In certaiti areas, for obviously they couldn't visit every one the restaurants they have list- ed in the guide, but Ibis is good for most peopla who make a habit of eating out actjiitra pretty sensitive palates and tficir recommendations can ho taken seriously. Lethbridgc is not listed in this first effort but I under- stand the authors arc expand- ing the guide to include areas they missed, so will some kind reader please send in a list of the best eating places in I-cth- bridgc just in case the ladies miss us next time? MARGARET LUCKHURST. "Little Hen of Huronia" by Chip Young, illustrated by Christlane Duchcsnc (Clarke, Irwin and Company Limited, 15 'THIS is a delightful story for children of all ages. It is based on an incident in the ear- liest history of Canada and is told with humor in folk tale style. Madame Poulelte, a little hen is sent by canoe from New France with two missionaries and Monsieur Chanleelerr to a lonely and sick Indian tribe m Huronia, The inkdrawn ilfu- trations with their underlying folk art motifs are very color- ful and descriptive and anyone in search of a Canadian iden- tity would do well to give this book the attention it deserves. GERTA FATSO N. "The 1972 Prairie Garden" edited by G. S. Rey craft (Winnipeg Horticultural So- ctcry, 92 Qucenston St., nipcg 9, 130 pages. C a n a d a's Only Gardenmg Annuu 1'' is ways of interest and value to the prairie gardener. The ar- as usual, are short, clear and varied. This year's volume goes into identification at some length, but also covers llio whole gardening spectrum, Among the contributors are Isabella Young, garden writer for the Lcthbridgc erald, Dr. Alex Harper of the Research Station, and sever.il authorities from the Brooks horticultural station. The Winnipeg Horticultural Society deserves commenda- tion for keeping up this valu- able undertaking. CLEO MOWERS. "Creative Canada: A bin- graphical dictionary of twen- tieth-century creative and perform i n g artists" Volume One Compiled hy Reference Division. MrPlierson Library, University of Victoria, B.C. University of Toronto Press, 310 pages, rPHE importance of reading the preface to a book be- fore sampling its contents was driven home to me afresh with this one, Pupping through Ifcis book I was puzzled by the ab- sence of the najnes of perform- ers such as Gene MacLcllan. and Anne Murray; by the un- even length of the entries; by the presence of asterisks with- o u t accompanying footnotes; by failure to include Pierre Berlon's two-volume history of t he Canad ia n Paci fie Railw ay in his biography. All these things are satisfactorily ex- plained i n (he pref aco: na mes not found in this volume be found in succeeding ones; some performers do more than others so have longer entries; asterisks mark biographies verified by the artists; the end of 19CB wns Ihc cut-off for material for this volume. N'o li- brary will be; able to do with- out this valuable those to follow. DOUG WALKER, "The Festival of Flora" by Godfrey Tiirton 300 pages, rPIHS unbelievable novel pro- vides a palatable recipe for learning about third-century Roman Britain. Readers who enjoy suspense ajxl romance will enjoy this rather clever combination of history and con- temporary narrative. The au- thor, Godfrey Turton, is a grad- uate of Oxford University and has been working on the pre- paration of a Latin dictionary so one assumes that his knowl- edge of Roman history is accu- rate. ELSPETH WALKER. "T'sychologistics" T. Waters (Random House of Canada, 230 pages, pSYCHOLOCUSTlCS, as the author defines it, is the science ind art of using the using it more, bet- ter, and more efficiently than ever before. While it contains some inter- e s t i n g information, readers may be disappointed in the book's lack of substance. It has an impressive title and (able of contents; but when you go through it, you don't find much original material except for some newly coined words. JOE MA. After the tliaw Sampling an assortment of cookbooks "A West African Cook Book" hy Ellen Gibson Wil- ROD (M. Evans and Com- pany, 267 pages, ilis- trihutcd by McClelland and Stewart AFRICAN cooking, unlike the distinctive cooking of. many other parts of the world, Is relatively unknown to North Americans. Certain features of It are to be found in food prep- arations in the Southern states as a result of the slaves hav- ing bad an unsuspected in- fluence. Mrs. Wilson offers re- cipes for food as prepared in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Si- erra Leone. Basic recipes are given with variations Cor each of the countries. Special atten- tion is focused on three rtapsic main dir.hcs of AfricFi: Jollof Rice, Groundnut Chop and Palaver Sauce. I have occasionally encountered refer- ence to Ground n it t Chop and was surprised )o discover it is stew with peanut butler added. DOUG WALKER. "The Wise Kurycloprdia nf Cookery" ami JJun- lap, pages, Sll.tti, dis- tributed by G c o r g e J. ftlc- Leod 'PHIS book is a great deal more than a cookbook. Tt Is one of the most practical vol- umes T have seen because all of the items are listed alphabet- ically according (o the main in- gredient or by the most com- mon name. For my type of cooking this is kle.il because you don't have to decide what general section recipes should he in a game I always seem to lose! An added is tho wealth of background informa- tion spread throughout the vol- ume, la addition to giving tha recipe, the book also gives a history of the dish. The re- cipes I have tried are most satisfactory, but when a book contains over recipes it could take a long time to go through them in any detail. BRYAN WILSON. "The Comprehensive Di- abetic Cookbook" by Dorothy Kaplan (Frederick Fell. Inc., 511.95, 211 pages, distributed by George J. McLeoil, PREPARING meals for the perennial dieter, the di abetie, need not he a chore. Here is a book with a wide va- riety of recipes providing not, only the caloric values per serving but also Ihe all-impor- tant exchange values. For ev- ery item in each recipe, Mrs. Kaplan gives a complete breakdown of food values their protein, carbohydrates, and fat composition. In a fore- ward, Dr. Robert Kaye, the noted diabetes specialist at the Children's Hospital in Philadel- phia, expresses gratitude lo Mrs. Kaplan for the great pains taken to bring this comprehen- sive book to completion. DOUG WALKER, "Thf, Complete Everyday Cookbook" Compiled and tested hy Better Cooking Li- brary (George J. McLcod. Illustrated. AT least one new cookbook appears on the booklists every week and no wonder. Most women other than the so- called completely liberated ones (o whom cooking is not a challenge hut a deadly dull chore spend at least hah! of their home-making time in the kitchen. There's always some- thing new to learn. The excel- lent "how-to" illustrations in this book are (he best I've seen in a long time. There are photo- graphs on how to go about carving a standing rib roast; close-ups of exactly how to go about fluting a pie crust so it looks professional; pictures of. how to clean and dry various types of lettuce to perfection. These should all help the new cook and a lot of the older ones too. JANE HUCKVALE. "The Busy People's Cook- bonk" by tJeverly Anderson rltamltun House, 203 pages. 3S.Z5K who hung around the house all of an afternoon in order lo preside over the assembling of a stew will be intrigued by a pre- scription for a 5-minute stew. The secret is to use canned vegetables. All (he recipes in this bonk Ihrise for guests as wel! as the family rely on convenience foods (packaged, processed, canned, bottled, re- frigerated, dehydrated, and freeze-dried i. My wife upon noting that Mus rookbook hound rather than loose-leaf re- marked that if wouldn't likely be popular because it wouldn't lie flat on a kitchen counter. Hut it does the publisher had it bound so it would. DOUG WALKER. "Home Rook of Smoke- Cooking Mral, Fish and Cianin" liy .Tack STciglit ami Raymond Hull (Grorgr .1. Mclxwd, Limited, 160 pases, is a very useful book for the gourmet and the natural food enthusiast. Here are step-by-step directions for constructing a smoke oven from a wheelbarrow, an old stove or refrigerator, barrel, cardboard, wood or metal box. Recipes for brines for fish and meat, poultry and other delica- cies, methods of curing, flavor- ing, explanations as to the com- position of smoke and its ef- on protein foods are in- cluded. This book will delight particularly those wilh a yearn- ing for the uncontaminated foods of the past. Tlie, outdoors- inan, the householder am! even the aparlinont dweller will find many useful hint's and ad- ;is to food prespiTalion while hunting, c.mnpiii" or at home. GERTA FATSON. "Wring Me A Unicorn" by A n ii 0 .Morrow Lindbergh Lungmim Canada Limited, 25D pages. who have appre- ciated Anne Morrow Lind- bergh's Listen! The Wind and Gif1. from the Sea will welcome another opportunity to share the inmost thoughts of o rather privileged and gifted woman. Bring Me A Unicorn is a col- lection of some of the edited material from her diaries and letters during tlu years 3922- This period covers her College years and concludes wilh her decision to many Ch arle s A. L ind berg ti wh om she greatly admired since his history-making flight over the Atlantic. Like most diaries and persona! letters the book contains much that is almost too personal and introspective. The reader sonic- times feels like an intruder caught taking a peck at a jour- nal meant only for the eyes of the author. But it is light and relaxing reading, a pleasant change of pace from much cur- rent literature. ELSPETH WALKER, "The Guilty Bystander" Rod MacLeisb (Fortress Tress, 145 pages, S2.25, distri- buted by R. Welch Com- pany, MacLeish is a radio commentator and a good one. This book is a collection of his thoughts on the social issues nf the day ir, the United States in particular, and the. world in general. No subject is too big or too small to draw the critical atten- tion of AlacLeish. He has something important to say about everything, from the otherwise-unnoticed death of a poor seven-year-old Negro girl to the death of a president, from racial strife in the ghetto to religious strife in Northern Ireland. MacLeish has a lot to say about a lot of things and what he says is provocative and tiir.eiy. RON CALDWELL. "Never Trust a Man Who Doesn't Drink" by C. Fields, (Stanyan Books, S3.50. distributed by Random House of Canada gHORT, simple and delight- ful describes both the book and the author. The true W. C. Fields fans appreciate the witticisms more than those who are unfamiliar with his form of humor. It, helps to imagine C. vo- calizing the philosophies in his unique fashion. RICHARD BURKE "The Graham Korr Cook- book" hy The Galloping Gourmet (Grossel ami Dnn- s n f Hiark. W-O-l. 281 pages, distributer) bv firnrge .1. McLcofl chiof interest in tills cookbook doubt- less, from the fact that it has been prop.irerl by the popular TV performer Graham Kerr. I was ready to nominate it as outstanding in its field because the first recipe is for an onion sandwich but it calls for swab- bing the onion with mayon- naise. Thfi only thing approach- ing this for desecration is the bathing of the moat patiic in a hamburger with the same stuff. Aside from the fumbling start (he book looks like a good one. DOUG WALKER, "The Secret of Jalna" by Ronald. Hambleton (Paper- jacks, 51.95, 175 doubt this book was hastily assembled and rushed into print to capitalize on the CBC scries based on the Jalna series by Mazo de la Roche. My daughter, Joanne Bowrey, read Ihis hook on a weekend visit and declared it much inferior to Mr. Hamble- ton's earlier critical biography, de la Roche of Jalna. But as one who has read all (he Jalna books and watched the TV series she says the pro-sent book is not without interest. It is studded with photograplis and reproductions of various kinds. DOUG WALKER. "Arf Nouvcau" hy Marian. Klamkin fDodd, Mead and. Company, 112 pages, WITH t h e rev i v a 1 of Art Nouvcau design t h e r e seems to he a demand for tho lurn-of-t h e century decorative objects which have been spurn- ed for a while, as useless or even in bad tasfe. Marian Klamkin brings together in her book the many areas whero this movement h a d influence. A r t i R 1 s designed glassware, ceramics, furniture, jewellery, metalwork, posters, books and periodicals and there was a great interchange of ideas and co-operation a 11 o n g s t these groups. Line became the most important aspect and each piece was intended to fit into the scheme of Ihc whole. De- sign and importance of shape and texture of an object mark- ed the beginning of Ihc func- tionalists who followed. Because of (lie recent popu- larity of (he Art Nouvrmi sfylr the artist-designer! pieces of that period are sold by lending auction houses nf the world as qualify collectibles. They have not yet reached the values of real antiques but are consider- ed as unique because the move- ment was a rebellion against (he .static and overrtccorated Victorian period. This book could be quite use- ful to the beginning collector or the history of art student. GERTA PATSON. to be or not QUITE simply, to be. Although my oft- referred to source for creative writ- ing techniques, Freidenberg, would not give outstanding marks for a beginning such as this, the case is just as stated, athletics at the university are still quite in existence and will continue wilh ex- panded influence. As the result of certain discourse gen- erated by a rather small group of indivi- duals, complemented by a recommendation from a committee on campus, a good deal of concern was generated publicly about the possible abandomiient of the univer- sity's exta curricular athletic programs. That is, all university (earns competing in the western intercollegiate conferences would be discontinued. You can be sure that tliis column will contain a rather noticeable personal bias, this writer as an undergraduate having taken advantage of an incredibly complete athletic program offered at that larger uni- vcrsily juit north oE Hed Deer, The advantages of athletics intramur- ally and e.xlramurally are considerable and it was in restoration of faith (hat an unquestionable majority of faculty and students put their heads together to give lota) support to continuation of the extra- curricular program of the university. Basic- ally, the soundly defeated proposal sought to retain an established budget of for intramural athletics and eliminate a amount for off-campus competitive events. That's out of the million operating budget for 197Z- 751 In the process of what proved (o be a fair amount of profitable effort to build their case, the physical education people and their supporters were working with facts such as: the 100 or so students who participate directly in such activities and who would probably give consideration to other universities if The University of Leth- bridge didn't have such programs avail- able; the many thousands of spectators who have attended events locally which involved University of Lethbridge teams (basketball, hockey, volleyball, curling, badminton, judo, and the publicity received from per- formances by the university's teams and individuals. Wilh regard to the latter, one would have difficulty denying the good mileage achieved for the university and the city by the Canadian Junior Women's Championship the girls won two years ago, or the most outstanding Canadian basketball player award to Tim ToDcstrup for his Canadian record-setting pcformanca during the 1971-72 season. Certainly the many other individual and team perform- ances hy university athletes have done a great deal for the name of the institution during its formative years. One could con- jecture fairly accurately that an amount of pride and satisfaction has been gleaned from victories over the other two univer- sities m this province. Before moving on and lar be it fr.im me to let anything out o[ the bag, but ond could hardly avoid detecting the anticipa- countenances exhibited of late by physical education department and individuals directly involved in tha basketball operation. It would appear that another member of that Raymond family so well known for basketball prowess may be attending the university this fall and despite the fact that his brother's name appears in this column little else can be said here, in order thai the noticeably strict confidentiality is mamluined. The intention and in a number of releases inade this weekend land on the Focus on the University television program tomorrow) is twofold1: to reaffirm the uni- versity's commitment to an athletic pro gram that is of considerable value and interest to students and the community, and to acknowledge the fine contributions of several Lethbridge people not on staff at the university but who are and serve as coaches of some of the uni- versity teams. High school students plan- ning on attending the university and tin speclators who follow university can be assured that the new physical edu- cation facility to be completed In Jun< will be hosting some of the finest college and professional athletes in Canada as part of regular conference and exhibition acti- vity. The facility is an excellent one and it will be officially opened as part of thi Official Opening 72 ceremonies set foi September 22, 23 and 24. For the last time in the history of tin university the student art sale will taks place tomorrow on the "east campus" be- tween the hours of 1 and 7 p.m. (next year's will of course be in the new art complex on the west For sale will be student art work prints, paintings, sculptures, ceramic pieces, pholographj and drawings and refreshments will be provided free to all attending. This even! is firmly established as one of the biggest drawing cards of the university miss it. The Voice Of One -By DR. FRANK S. MORLFC The mystery of mercy JT is said that the greatest mystery about a man is not that be is so much like a beast but that he is a little divine, Thus the mystery of man is also, not that he is so cruel, but that he is a little merciful, Even in the horrors of crucifixion on Good Friday one-finds some- one trying to alleviate the sufferings of Jesus wilh an opiate. Survivors from Nazi concentration camps relate their astonish- ment to discover a spark of kindness occa- sionally in the jailers. One of the most striking facts of West- ern civilization is this strain of charity which is entirely missing in Moslem and Eastern countries. There was nothing like the Christian philanthropy in the Graeco- Roman world and one reason for the Chris- tian victory was their care for the slaves, the desperate poor and the sick despite such laws as held by Emperor Licinius forbidding giving aid to the prisoners. The Jews believed that anyone giving less than ten per cent of his income to charity had an evil eye. The laws in Deuteronomy have a startling humanity. Prophcls like Amos and Micah have the. dominant theme of social justice. The great Isaiah declared that his mission was "to preach good tidings to the meek, bind up the broken hearted, proclaim liberty lo the captives, the opening of the prison to them that are bound, lo comfort all that mourn.1' These words would be taken by Jesus to describe His own mission. Indeed Jesus said that the criterion of God on Judgment Day would be whether one had fed the hungry, clothed the naked, helped Ihc sick, and visited Ihe prisoner. Those Mho did these things went lo Heaven and those who did (hem not went to "outer darkness." It is significant that when Constantine be- came a Christian at once laws for tlie slave became more humane, white infanti- cide and gladiatorial games abolish- ed. Hospital.1; and monasteries to care for the sick and l-hs poor became numerous find popularly supported. Throughout the Middle Ages the only bright spot would be the charity of the Church and the fel- lowship of the Christian guilds look care of their members. Brotherhoods and monasteries had as their major concern the care of the sick and the needy, hut many orders with spe- cial Interests were founded for a vast and unprecedented work of charity as well as education. Much of the force bcliind tho Reforma- tion was the desperate squalor and despair of the times so that social welfare became a primary objective. In Geneva Calvin made an heroic effort to abolish poverty and remedy all social abuses. John Knox in Scotland tried through tho system of eldership to see that all needy had ade- quate care and child had an educa- tion, a system that would make Scotland the best educated country in Europe. A driving force behind the Methodist move- ment was the fearful degradation and squalor of the masses of the people. From the Methodist movement would come In- spiration to remedy the ghastly conditions of (he sick, infirm, blind, insane, and ex- ploited children and women. Nevertheless it would not be until tho 1930s that any kind nf adequate would be developed for the unemployed, the poor, and the aged, Historians looking back will marvel that a nominally Chris- tian society could tolerate slum conditions or lack of adequate care for the sick and aged. In thousands of reports of commit- tees and resolutions of Church courts Ihe Church has urged reform hut there can ho no doubt thai it failed to give the vigorous support it should have done. Indeed the ed- itor of "Christianity Today'1 as late as Jan- uary 18, 1960, deplored "the gravitation Of welfare (o the state." "Instead of hailing state welfare programs as an extension of Christian social ethics, it i.s high time Christian clergy ami laymen consider the premise that stale welfare program.1; are inherently While there are dangers in state welfare programs il is difficult to see how the vast complex of human neod can otherwise be mel. Vast of children are still ill-fed, ill- housed, ill-clothed, and lacking adequate medical and dental care and haphazard, voluntary airl just will not suffice. The ma- jor task of Hie Church is to sensitize the social conscience so that Ihe brotherhood of man under the Fatherhood of God be- comes reality and not a pious platitude for sermons. This is a mighty brutal world, but the fact that Uiere is a small flame of mercy is the direct result of the life, teach- ing, and sacrificial death of one who lived two thousand years ago to bring them closer to Lha 'ove of God.