Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
lalurday, April I, 1972 THE LETHBSIDG! HERALD 5 Book Reviews Comments on a variety of publications Focus on the "The lload Across Cmiiulii" liy Edward Mi-Court. (Mac- inillan Company of Canada, sufllinck, 109 published in 19C5, Una book deserves to re- printed. The [civ instances in which it is now out of d.-Uc arc easily overlooked because of the sheer delight Hie text af- fords the reader. Uepinning in St. John's and ending in Vic- toria, the author lakes one on A trip en the Trans-Canada Highway that is entertaining, informative and enchanting. Historical incidents, ond 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 E n G 1 i s h anywhere should lemain unacquainted with this book. DOUG WALKER. to Kilt In Canada" by Anne Hardy and Sondra d o 11 I cb (0 h 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 Borne 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 certain areas, for obviously they couldn't visit every one oE Lhe restaurants they have list- ed in the guide, but Ibis is good for most peopla who make a habit of eating out accjuirn pretty sensitive pillules and their recommendations can he taken seriously. Lclhbridgc 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-ctli- bridgc just in case the ladies miss us next time? MARGARET LUCKHURST. "Little Hen of Iluronia" Iry Chip Young, Ulust rated by Christlanc Duchcsnc (Clarke, Irwin and Company Limited, J2.75. IS rrHfS 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 Poulefte, a little hen is sent by canoe from New I'Ynncc witli two missionaries and Monsieur Chantederr to a lonely and sick Indian tribe in Hurorna. The inkclrawn illu- Lrations 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 PATSON. "Tlie 1972 Prairie Clarden" cdiled by G. S. Rey craft (Winnipeg Horticultural So- ciety, 92 Qucenston St.. nipt-g 9. 130 pages, TPKSTKRN C a n a d a's Only Gardening Annual'1 is al- ways of interest and value to the prairie gardener. The ar- Lidcii, usual, arc short, clear and varied. This year's volume goes into identification at some length, but also covers the whole gardening spectrum, Among the contributors are Isabella Young, garden writer for the Lulhbridgu erald. Dr. Alex Harper of the I.ci.hbridge Rescurch Station, and several 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 o[ tvvcn- ticlh-ccntury creative and perform i n g artists" Volume One Compiled by Reference Division, McPliorsnn Library, University of Victoria, B.C. University of Toronto Press, 310 pages, rPHE importance or reading the preface to a book be- fore ,v.implinp its contents was driven home to me afresh with this one, Flipping through book I was puzzled by the ab- sence of the najnes of perform- ers sucti as Gune MiicLcllan and Anne Murray; by the un- even length ol the entries; by (lie presence of asterisks with- o u t accompanying footnotes; by failure to include Pierre Berton's two-volume luslory of the Canadian Pacific Railway in his biography. All these things are satisfactorily ex- plained in (he preface: names not found in this volume will be found in succeeding ones; some performers do more than others so have longer entries; asterisks mark llw biographies verified by the artists; the end of was Ihc cul-off date lor material [or this volume. N'o li- brary will ht; to do with- out Lhis valuable those to follow. DOUG WALKER, "The festival of l-'lnrn" by Godfrey Tiirton (Doubletiny, :iCO pages, unbelievable novel pro- vides a palatable recipe for learning about third-century Roman Britain. Readers who enjoy suspense and 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 thai his knowl- edge of Roman history is accu- rate, KLSPKTH WALKER, "T'sychologistics" T. .V tt alcrs (Handom House uf Canada, pages, pSVCHOLOCilSTlCS, 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. Jt has nn impressive title and table of contents; but v, hon you go through it, you don't fmrl much original material except for some newly coined JOE MA. After the thaw N f H Sampling an assortment of cookbooks "A West African Cook Book" hy Ellen Gibs cm Wil- ion (M. Evans and Com- pany, 267 pages, S10.50, dis- tributed by McClelland and Slcwart AFRICAN cooking, unlike the distinctive cooking of, many other parts of the world, Is relatively unknown to North Americans. Cerlain features of It arc lo be found in food prcp- Rralions in the Southern slates 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 Ihree cbpsic main dir.hcs rf Africn: Jollof Rice, Groundnut Chop and Pal aver Sauce. I have occasionally encountered refer- ence to Groundnut. Chop and was surprised lo discover it is stew with peanut butter added, DOUG WALKER. "The Wise Knrycloprdia nf Cookery" (lirossct ami IJnn- lap, pages, dis- tributed by G c o r g e J. Lootl rpHIS book is a great deal more than a cookbook. It Is one of the most praclical vol- umes I have ,sccn because all of the items are listed fcally according lo Ihe main in- gredient or by Ihe most com- mon name. For nw typo of cooking this is idc.il because you don't have to decide what general seclion recipes should he in a game I always seem lo lose! An added is Ihe wealth of background informa- tion spread throughout (he vol- ume. In addition to giving tha recipe, Ihe hook also givea a history of (he 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- alielic Cookbook" by Dorolliy Kaplan (Frederick Fell. Inc., M1.93, 211 pages, distributed hy George J. pREPAIUNG meals for the perennial dieter, (he di ahelic, need not he a chore. Here is a hook with a wide va- riely of recipes providing not only Ihc 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 I h c i r proleln, carbohydrates, and fat composition. In a fore- ward, Dr. Robert Kaye, the noted diabetes specialist nl tho Children's Hospital in Philadel- phia, expresses gratitude lo Mrs. Kaplan for the great paina taken to bring this comprehen- sive book lo completion. DOUG WALKKIL "Thf. Complete Everyday Cookbook" Compiled and tested hy Brllcr Cooking Li- brary (George J. 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: ol 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 Ihe best I've seen in a long time. There are photo- graphs on how to go about carving n standing rib roast; close-ups of exactly how lo go about fluting a pie crust so it looks professional pictures of. how to clean and dry various types of leltuce lo perfection. These should all help the new cook and a lot of HIR older ones too. JANE 1IUCKVALE. "The Hiisy People's Cock- linok" by Hfverly Anderson Nrmirn rllamlom House, 203 who lias hung around the house all of an afternoon in order to preside over the assembling of a stew will be inlri Rued by a pre- scription for a 5- minute slew. The secret is lo use canned vegetables. All the recipes in this book thrise for guests as well as the family rely on convenience foods (packaged, processed, canned, bottled, rc- frigcraled, (fchytlratcd, and freoxe-rfriecl i. My wife upon noting lhat fins cookbook is hound rather than loose-leaf re- marked Ihfit i( wouldn't likely be popular because it wouldn't flat on a kitrhcn counter. Hut it does the publisher had it bound so it would. DOUG WALKER. "Home Book of Smoke- Cooking Meal, Fish anil Game" liy .lack STeiRlit ami flnynionil Hull (Grorgr ,1. Method, Limited, 160 pages, is a very u seful book for the gourmet and the natural food enthusiast. Here arc step-by-step directions for constructing a smoke oven from a wheelbarrow, ;m 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- fecls on protein foods are in- cluded. This book will delight particularly those wilh a yearn- ing for (he uncontaminated foods of the past. The ouldoors- man, Ihe householder and even the aparlmenl dweller will find many useful hint's and ad- ;is lo food wlulp himfiue, Ctimpin" or at home. Cih-RTA FATSON. "The Graham Kerr Cook- book" by The Galloping Gourmcl (Gross r I rinil Onn- liiji, s n f I bark. 281 pages, dislrilmtrrl liv firnrge .1. McLrod Lid. I. rPHF. f h i o imprest in tills cookbook derives, donht- ICFS, from Ihc (act Ihnt it has been prepared by ihe popular TV performer Graham Kerr. I was ready to nominate it as outstanding in its held bec.-ause the first recipe is (or an onion sandwich but il calls for swab- bing the onion with mayon- naise. The only thing approach- ing this for desecralion is the bathing of lha meal patlie in a hamburger with the same stuff. Aside from the fumbling start the book looks like a good one. DOUG WALKER. "IJring Mr. A Unicorn" hy A n u n .Morrow Lindbergh LLmgmnii Canada Limited, 25L> pages. who have appre- ciated Anne Morrow Lind- bergh's Listen! The Wind and Gil1, from thu Sea will welcome another opportunity to share the inmost thoughts of a rather privileged and gifted woman. Bring Me A Unicorn is a col- lection ol some ol the edited material from her diaries and letters during years 3922- 1U23. This period covers her College years and concludes wilh her decision to many Charles A. LimJbcrgli whom she greatly admired since his history-making flight over Ihe Allanlic. Like most rtiarieo and persona! letters the hook contains much thai is almost too personal anil introspective. The reader some- times feels like an inlrudcr caught taking a peck al 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. tLSPETEI WALKER, "The GniKy Bystander" It o d MacLeish (Fortress TTPSS, 14n pages, S2.25, distri- buted by R. Welch Com- pany, TJOD MacLeLsh is a radio commentator and a good ono. This book is a collection of his thoughts on the social issues of flie day in Ihe United Stales in parlicular, and the. world in general. No subject. 3s too big or too small to draw Ihe critical atten- tion of MacLcish. 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 (he 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 tirr.ery. RON CALDWELL. "Never Trusl a Man Who Doesn't Drink" by C. Fields, (Stanyan Books, S3.50. distributed ny Random House of Canada gHORT, simple and delight- ful describes both the book and the aulhor. The true W. C. Fields fans appreciate the wilLicisms more than those who arc unfamiliar wilh his form of humor. It helps to imagine W. C. vo- calizing the philosophies in his unique fashion. RICHARD BURKE "The Secret of Jalna" by Ronald Ilambleton (Papfr- jacks, 51.95, 175 doubt this book was hastily assembled and rushed into print to capitalize on (he CBC scries based on the Jalna series by Mazo de la Roche. My daughter, Joanne BowTey, road Ihis hook on a v.eekcnd visit and declared it much inferior to Mr. Hamble- ton's earlier critical biograpby, de la Roche of Jalna. But as one who has read all (he Jalna books and watched the TV scries she says the present book is not without interest. It is studded with pholograplis and reproductions, of various kinds. DOUG WALKER. "Art Nonvcaii'1 hy Marian. Klamkin fDodd, Mend and. Company, 112 pages, WITH the revival of Art Ntmveau design there seems lo he a demand for tlio lurn-of-t h c century riccorativo objects which have been spurn- ccl for a. while as useless or even in bad laste. Marian Klamkin brings together in her book the many areas whero this movement had influence. A r t i s I s designed glassware, reraink's, furniture, jewellery, niclalwcirk, posters, books and periodicals and there was a great interchange of ideas and co-operation a -n o n g s I these groups. Line became the most important aspect and each piece was intended to fit into the scheme of Ihc whole. Pc- .sign and imporlancc rf shape and le.Unrc of an object mark- ed the beginning of the func- tionalists who followed Because of Ihc vecenl popu- larity nf (he Art N'ouvrmi the artist-designed pieces of that period arc sold by lending auction houses of the world as qualify collectibles. They have not yet reached the values of real antiques but arc consider- ed as unique because the move- ment was a rebellion against (he .static and overrtccorated Victorian period. This book conk! he quite use- ful In the beginning collector or Hie history of art student. GERTA PATSON. Lo be or not QUITE simply, to be. Although my oft- referred to source for creative writ- ing techniques, f-Veidenbc-rp, wovild not give outstanding marks for a beginning such as this, the case is just as slated, athletics al the university are still quilo in existence and will continue wilh ex- panded influence. As die result of certain discourse pen- crated 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 abandonment of the univer- sity's exta curricular athletic programs. That is, all university learns competing in tiie western intercollegiate conferences Mould be discontinued. You can be sure thai (Jiis 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- versity JLU.I north o( Ued Deer. The advantages of athletics intramur- ally and c.xlrainurally are considerable and it was in restoration of failli (hat an unquestionable majority of faculty and students put (heir heads together to give lota) support to continuation of the extra- curricular program of the university. Basic- ally, the soundly defeated proposal sought lo retain an established budget of 55.000 for intramural athletics (on-campus) and eliminate a amount for off-campus competitive events. That's out of (he million operating budget for 197Z- 73' In the process of what proved (o be a fair amount of profitable effort, to build their case, tho 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 lo other universities if The University of 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, etc. "i; and the publicity received from per- formances by the university's teams and individuals. With regard to the latter, one would have difficulty denying the good mileage achieved for the university and Hie city by the Canadian Junior Women's Championship the girls won two years ago. or the most outstanding Canadian basketball player award lo Tim ToUcstrup for his Canadian record-setting peformajico during the 1971-72 season. Certainly the many other individual and perform- ances hy university athletes have done a great deal for the name of the insululion during its formative years. One could con- jecture fairly accurately thai an amount of pride and satisfaction has been gleaned from victories over tire other two univer- sities m this province. Before moving on and Jar be it from me to let anything out of the bag, but ond could hardly avoid detecting the anticipa- countenances exhibited o[ late by physical education deport men t and individuals directly involved in the basketball operation, It would appear thai 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 nania appears in this column little cise can be said here, in order thai the noticeably stricL confidentiality is maintained. Tho in'onlion and in a number releases made this weekend land en the Focus on the University television program tomorrow) is twofold: 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 people not on staff et 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 the spectators who follow university can be assured that the new physical edu- cation facility In be completed In Jun< will be hosting some of the finest college and professional athletes in Canada as part o! regular conference and exhibition acti- vity. The facility is an excellent one and it 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 taki 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 sUident art work prints, paintings, sculptures, ceramic pieces, photographs and drawings and refreshments will be provided free to all attending. This event is firmly established as one of the biggest drawing cards of the university don I miss it. The Voice Of One -By DR. FRANK S. MORLEY The myslery of mercy JT is that the greatest mystery about a man is not that he is so much like a beast but that he is a littla divine, Thus the mystery of man i.s also, not that he is so cruel, but that he is a little merciful, Even in (he horrors of crucifixion on Good Friday one-finds some- one Iryinfi lo alleviate the sufferings of Jesus with 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 charily which is entirely missing in Moslem and Eastern countries. There was nothing like Ihe Christian philanthropy in the Graeco- Homan 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 hy 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 s la riling humanity. Prophels like Amos and Mirah have Ihe. dominant theme of social justice. Tho prcnt Isaiah declared (hat his mission "to preach good tidings to the meek, bind up the broken hearted, proclaim liberty to Hie captives, the opening of the prison (o them that are bound, lo comfort all that mourn.1' These words would be taken by Jesus lo describe His ovrn mission. Indeed Jesus said that the criterion of God on Judgment Day would be whether one had fed Ihc hungry, clothed the naked, helped Ihc sit'k. anil nsited the prisoner. Those uho did these things went lo Heaven and those who did (hem not went lo "outer darkness." It is significant that when Constantine be- came a Christian at once law? for tl'e slave became more humane, uhile cidp and gladiatorial games were abolish- ed. Hospitals and monasteries to care for thn sick and liip. poor became numerous find popularly supported. Throughout the Middle Ages Ihe only bright .spot would be Ihe charity of the Church and the fel- lowship nf the Christian guilds which look care of Iheir members. Brotherhoods and monasteries had as their major concern the care of Ihe sick and Ihc 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 Iho Reforma- tion was the desperate squalor and despair of the times so thai social welfare became a primary objective. In Geneva Calvin made an heroic effort lo abolish poverty and remedy all social abuses. John Knox in Scotland tried through tho syslcm of eldership to see that all needy hctl ade- quate care and every child had an educa- lio.n, a system that would make Scotland the best educated counlry in Europe. A driving force behind the Methodist move- ment was the fearful degradation and squalor of Lhe masses of the people. From the Methodist movement would come In- spiration Jo remedy Ihc ghastly conditions of the sick, infirm, blind, insane, and ex- ploited children and women. Nevertheless it would no( until tho 1930s that any kind of ndcqualc would be developed for the unemployed, Ihc poor, and the aped, Historians looking back will marvel that a nominally Chris- tian society could lolerate slum conditions or lack of adequate care fur Hie sick and aged. In thousands of reports of commit- lees and resolutions of Church courts Ihe Church has urgwl reform [nil I here can ho no cioubt thai it failed lo give the support it should have done. Indeed Lhe ed- itor of "Christianity Today'1 as late as Jan- uary 18, 1960, deplored gravilntion o( welfare to the stale." "Insle.id of hailing slate welfare programs as an exlensinn of Christian social cthic.s, it is time Christian clergy anil laymen consider Ihe premise that stale welfare programs are inherently While there are dangers in state welfare programs it is difficult lo sec how the complex of human need can otherwise be mol. Vast TiumlHTS of children are still ill fed. ill- housed, ill-clothed, and lacking art equal a medical and dental care and haphazard, voluntary aid jusl will nol suffice. Tho ma- jor task of Ihe Church is to sensitize Ihe social conscience so (hat Ihc brotherhood of man under Lhe Fatherhood of God be- comes reality and not a pious platitude for sermons. This is a mighty brutal world, but the fact that tfiere is a small flame of mercy is the direct result of the life, teach- ing, and sacrificiftl death of one who lived hvo thousand years ago to bring them closer to Lha 'ove of God.