Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, April LeTnvmuuc A collection of brief book reviews "The Friendship Hedge" by Guullla B. Norrls (Clarke, Irwin Company Limited, 46 Friendship Hedge is a true- to-life story of a close friendship between two middle-sized girls. When their exclusive "best is threatened by other influences and other people the adjustment is not easy for either one. Girls from eight to 10 will appreciate this story. ELSPETH WALKER Herbs For Every Garden" by Gertrude B. Foster (Clarke, Irwin and Mrs. Foster has compiled a very complete and useful book on garden herbs. The list of herbs runs like a Shakespearean litany; bergamot, coriander, chives, catnip, rosemary, woad, chamomile, chicory, horsehound, horse-mint and a host of others. She covers them from the planting to the eating, including the fertilizing and care thereof. Nor does she neglect to inform us how to dry and preserve them. This is the second printing of her work which also contains many drawing and illustrations. Every aspect of herb growing is treated, and with spring on the way, this book is undoubtedly a good text for the local gardener. LOUIS BURKE "What Did You Bring by K. Kuskin (Harper and Row, distributed by Fitzhenry Whiteside, This is a bewitching tale of a little girl mouse who asks everyone who comes into her house "What did you bring me9" It is a delightful little book with bright, modern illustrations and just a touch ol a moral for aquisitive small people and mice. ELSPETH WALKER "Hockey! The World's Fastest Sport" by Richard Beddoes, Stan Fischler and Ira Gitler. (Collier Macmillan Canada Ltd. 387 pages. Superbly written, this book covers all the teams in the NHL, a short section on the WHA and some of the individual stars, old and new. There is comedy and tragedy us ihc book runs the_gamut of the human emotions. Though sections of the book are repetitious from earlier writings about the sport, the fine writing keeps the readers interest through these sections Oi particular enjoyment is the chapter on Eddie Shore, the super defenceman and unbelievable owner The only thing I found disagreeable waj the front jacket we Ranger fans are getting tired of pictures of the Montreal Canadiens beating our goaltenders. This is a great book, whether you are new to hockey or a rink worn veteran GARRY ALLISON "The Book of Paradox" by Louise Cooper, (Fitzhenry Whiteside, 244 pages, In this fantasy, a youth named Varka is challenged by the lord of the underwrold to lind Limbo and restore a young girl to life. He is given the Book of Paradox in which messages will be written to help him complete his mission As Varka travels through different countries he encounters many strange people and perilous adventures Louise Cooper, an impressive writer and enthusiastic student of the occult, claims this novel came about through a form of automatic writing. Some readers may find a hidden meaning in her story I recommend it as an unusual and very good tale of magic and fantasy. TERRY MORRIS "Those Bom at Koona" by John and Carolyn Smyly. (Hancock House, 119 pages. By the. authors' own admission this is "a book about the totem poles of Koona, their crest figures and their meanings." This husband and wife writing team lend life and meaning to the mysterious totems that once guarded the village and where possible tell what the originator had in mind when carving these majestic art works. Some poles however keep (heir secrets locked in their origin, hurried with the bones of their creators. GARRY ALLISON "Flavors Of Hungry" by Charlotte Biro (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 192 pages paperback, The flavor, the essence of true Hungarian cooking is presented by Mrs. Brio, who came to the United States in 1957 and brought with her three generations of hand writtpr. cookbooks. From these she has endeavored to provide the readers with the basics of traditional Hungarian cookery ranging from the famous 'Gulyas' to the sweet delicacy known as 'retes' or strudel. A truly gastronomic delight. Jo etvagyat! ANNE SZALAVARY "Tiffany Street" by Jer- ome Weidman. (Random House of Canada Ltd. 429 Tiffany Street is the third book done by Weidman on the life ol Benny Kramer, a Jewish boy from the Bronx of New York who made it big by burning the midnight candles. Weidman's other books dealt with his life as a youngster, while Tiffany Street finds Benny, now Benjamin, a grown man of 58 who is suffering from acute old age Iright. Benjamin takes us back to various parts of his life which he regards with fond memories. We see New York in the depression of the 1930s and his struggle in the Second World War in Germany and England. At times I caught myself laughing out loud at some of the antics and impressions he received during this time. Suddenly at age 58, successful and content he realizes that something is missing Irom his life. This book is his quest to find the missing piece to his life. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Jewish humor with a bit of seriousness on the side. SYLVIA JOEVENAZZO "Nora's Tale" by Edith Vonnegut Rivera (Clarke, Irwin and Co. Ltd., 60 Genesis revamped, is the content of Nora's Tale. Its high interest and low vocabulary will endear it to the eight year old. The sensitive black and white drawings give added appeal to this short, charming tale. ELSIE MORRIS "A Guide To Natural Cosmetics" by Connie Krochmal (Fltihenry And Whiteside, 227 pages, Connie Krochmal has, with the aid of her husband Dr. Arnold Krochmal put together a well written informative volume on natural cosmetics. A multitude of recipes is included using many common plants as well as the basic items needed for the preparation of these concoctions. Chapters on making colognes, perfumes, shaving preparations and complexion washes are just a few of the unique items expounded on, for the benefit of the do-it-yourself cult. ANNE SZALAVARY "The Allingham Minibus" by Margery Allingham (George J. McLeod Limited, 240 pages, This is a collection of 18 short stories by a distinguished mystery writer, the late Margery Allingham. There are tales of the supernatural, crime, and domestic problems. For those who like to relax with a good short story, The Allingham Minibus, is an excellent coffee break book. TERRY MORRIS "Just a by Goldie Chernoff (Fitzhenry Whiteside Limited, 24 pages, A collection of plans for some easy make-them- yourself models. Effort plus a little parental help can turn cardboard boxes into planes, boats, trains, villages, masks and furniture. Very suitable for children in the four- to eight-year range. TERRY MORRIS "No Foreign Land" by Wilfred Pelletier and Ted Poole (Random House of Canada Limited, 211 pages. I have always been of the opinion that in order to write a book one should have something of importance to say. Nothing of any importance is said in this book. The author's only credentials is the fact that he is of Indian heritage. True, the modern Indian has his problems in today's society, but then so do the Irish, the Jews, the Blacks, the English, the. The book tells the troubles one Wilfred Pelletier has of adapting to society. That's all, no more. GARRY ALLISON THE VOICE OF ONE Dr. Frank S. Morley Resurrection morning A shower for the pussywillows "Finding the Groove" by Hal Higdon (Longman Canada Limited, 312 pages, Under the wide dome encompassed by the word sport, comes motor racing. Encompassed under the equally broad dome- of motor racing are Formula One, stock cars, dragsters, midget racers, street racers, Indy cars and on and on. But no matter whether its the sleek Indy cars or the dragsters with their roller derby atmosphere and overtones, one awesome fact separates motor racing from any other sport during every race your life is in constant danger of coming to an abrupt end. Author Hidgon explores the feelings of the men who guide these areodynamic hearses over the race courses throughout the world. It is interesting to note that it's not the top drivers like Mario Andretti or the Unser brothers who have the super egos and the braggart style of talking, but tends to be the unknown drivers on the second and third rate circuits. Street racing, dirt track. Indianapolis, Daytona Baja or on a dragstrip, it all boils down to what Mario Andretti says, "Unless you can be a winner, forget it." GARRY ALLISON "The World of Mode! Aircraft" by Guy R. Williams (Andre Deutsch Ltd., 256 pages, This liberally-illustrated book lives up to its title in covering the complete world of model aircraft. From toy whirligigs of the 14th century to working models of rockets that have put men in space, Mr v Williams covers his subject with lucid explanations and interesting detail that will appeal to the experienced hobbyist and enthused novice. More than mere toys, model airplanes were the start of something big. For instance, a young Englishman by the name of A V. Roe began building model airplanes. He gradually increased the sizes of the models until they were large enough to carry people. His hobby eventually developed into the Avro aircraft company which later built the Lancaster bomber. This book is interesting reading for anyone, but to the model aircraft enthusiast it is a valuable encyclopedia. DAVID BLY "Log Cabin Noble" by F. Van Wyck Mason (Doubleday and Co. Inc. 377 In the interest of conserving both the reader's energy and the now-hard-to-get paper, this book should, and could, be 150 pages shorter. In the beginning it's exciting, easily holding the reader's interest, and at the end it's intriguing. But the middle just drags and drags Indian attacks, storms at sea and treasure hunts it's just unfortunate that the author decided to link them all together with a lot of dull reading. GARRY ALLISON "The Exodus' of the Jap- anese" by Janice Patton, (McClelland Stewart Ltd., 47 pages, Janice Pat'on, a former historical researcher on the staff of ihc Pierre Berton show, has taken material from one of Berton's broadcasts to weave a short narrative of the wartime expulsion of the Japanese from British Columbia. Profusely illustrated, this pamphlet contains only about 14 pages of print, but they are loaded with statistical facts and figures. Students of modern Canadian history, especially those of Japanese origin, should find this treatise of great use and interest. Not recommended for squeamish people who can't face this ugly blot on Canada's escutcheon. MARY HEINITZ "Patterns of Isolation" by John Moss (McClelland Stewart Limited, 256 John Moss examines the types of isolation prevalent in English Canadian fiction. He does not make the mistake of assuming that the theme of isolation is unique to Canadian literature; rather, he specifies several ways in which Canadian novelists have adapted the theme to Canadian reality. His book is thoughtful, well- planned, and fairly comprehensive, although it is heartening to note that there is now such a volume of Canadian fiction that a completely comprehensive study is really impossible. The book is valuable both for its in-depth studies of several novels, and for the general patterns elucidated by Moss, which patterns are also applicable to Canadian poetry and particularly to the critically neglected field of Canadian drama. JOHN BELL "Under current" by Bill Pronzlni (Random House, 213 Pronzini's mystery novel, Under current, is excellent if Photo by Waller Kt-rbn one wants a descriptive and colorfully written documentary of the outlying areas of San Francisco and the northern coastal areas of California which is now Pronzini's well-loved and adopted home. As a mystery it is shallow and boring. Dull characters listlessly force unlikely and mundane drivel past their lips. They seem as bored with their "lack lustre" situation as the reader of this novel will be. If adapted for television, it will serve as a delightful tourist ad for Northern California. JIM CRAIG "Your Baby Can Swim" (Reader's Digest Press, distributed by Clarke, Irwin, 250 pages, Physical fitness lecturer and broadcaster, Bonnie Prudden, has developed a slide-play cuddle dive surface smile praise formula that guides parents in teaching their infants to swim. Beginning in the household bathtub, the author steers through a practical list of what to wear (bikinis. Mom, because babies like the touch of where to go for lessons (the YMCA and YWCA organization offers most of the Mom-and-me splashes at the present and a formula for ego building (show off for The author is a young and vigorous grandmother aged 60, and she operates the Bonnie Pruden Institute of Physical Fitness in Stockbridge, Mass. Dive into this one and learn to love the water! NOEL BUCHANAN The disciples were a discouraged little band, huddling frightened in an upper room, until resurrection morning, when they went out to challenge the whole Roman Empire in the name of Jesus. "Blessed be the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ. By His great mercy we have been born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." Easter is often represented as the Divine springtime. Preachers are tempted by the text from Solomon's love-song, "For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the tender grapes give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one. and come away." The problem is that the beauty of spring can break the heart. So Robert Burns complained. "How can ye chant, ye little birds, and I sae weary, fu' o' So Mary wept in the garden until she was convinced of the resurrection of her Lord So Masefield in "The Everlasting Mercy" shows Saul Kane unaware of the beauty of the world until his conversion Here, in this marvellous resurrection of a hopeless, tragic sinner, comes the revelation for the first time of the beauty of the world. "O glory of the lighted mind. How dead I'd been, how dumb, how blind. The station brook, to my new eyes. Was babbling out of Paradise." Nature has no saving, redeeming power and its beauty may be maddening except to the reborn personality. Can you tell a bereaved man to comfort himself by going down to the garden and smelling roses? This was Augustine's agony. A dear friend died and Augustine resented the world's beauty. "I could not see how the sun could shine when half of my soul lay dead." But this was the thinking of his pagan days. Later when he became a Christian he found comfort in the resurrection. "There we shall rest and we shall see. We shall see and we shall love. We shall love and we shall praise: Behold what shall be in the end and shall not end Augustine was one of the greatest thinkers who ever lived and one of the greatest of psychologists, so note the progression in these lines. You never see when you are tired. Everything is distorted. Jesus promises to hit followers first of all rest. "Come unto me and you shall find rest for your souls." Augustine says in true, lovely words, "Thou hast made us for Thyself and our hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee." When you see, you love. It is said that love is blind. That is not true. Hate is blind. The eyes of love may pity, but they always see. A wise man said that "a loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge." Then love leads to praise. A loving heart is a singing heart. You don't sing when your heart is sad and broken. Praise grows out of faith, hope, and love. Praise occurs in the Bible 282 times. It is rooted in the truth of the resurrection. "Death is swallowed up in victory. 0 death, where is thy sting? 0 grave, where is thy victory? Thanks be unto God who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." Easter is the story of resurrection morning, or it is nothing It is not a mere springtime festival. As Edna St. Vincent Millay says, "To what purpose, April, do you return again' Beauty is not enough." It is the story of a new morning for the world, of hope of the kingdom of God. the coming of a new era of justice, peace, goodness, and joy. But Easter is more than this It is the dawniig of a new meaning for the world. A new hope comes to every human heart. Infinite possibilities open before every personality Repeatedly the Bible says that no one is excluded; the door is open for everyone Let no man despair! Nearly every saint was at one time a great sinner. Augustine was: Francis of Assisi was. But Easter is still more than the resurrection of a personality from degeneracy to decency, and so the saints would be the first to testify. Easter is the resurrection of Jesus Christ trom the dead Easter is the laith that man may rise with Jesus. Paul speaks of this as a present experience, "If you be then risen with Christ.' It is also a future experience, so Paul longs "to be with Christ, which is far better." The hour that men call death leads to that glorious resurrection morning "All we had hoped and dreamed of good shall exist." Love never ends. "0 thou soul of my soul. I shall clasp thee again and with God be the rest SATURDAY TALK Norman Smith A book on Mike's diplomacy The Canadian Institute of International Aflairs has produced a special memorial number of its International Journal entitled Lester Pearson's Diplomacy. "We were not interested in general eulogy we were looking for accounts of specific incidents, for discussion of why Pearson had established his reputation as a diplomat and writes Robert Reford, executive director. Lord Sherfield, formerly Sir Roger Makins. had been British ambassador to Washington and later chairman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority. He recalls being "a harassed bottlewasher to a UK delegation" at the Geneva conference when he first met Pearson A group of like spirits including "the courageous Dr. Riddell of Canada" worked out the sanctions against Italy which the League committee adopted. "But the rats were already at work in London, in Ottawa and above all. in Paris a sobering, disillusioning experience." Giving "an Englishman's view" is Lord Garner, former British High Commissioner to Ottawa and head of the British Diplomatic Service as Canadians know him, tells a disarmmgly easy-going story of the fun of working for. with and against Pearson, either in striped pants or draped in a Colonel Blimp towel But it reveals Pearson's strength in impartial diplomacy: British "arrogance, stuffiness, snobbery and condescension enraged htm" but so did American "brashness. ostentation, crudeness and insensitivity." Of Pearson he sums up: "It was part of his genius that most people, after a discussion with him, left his room with a lighter heart and a brigher outlook There was nothing phoney about this. It was a natural and unaffected and an integral part of the way in which he coped with any problem." A rather different foreign view of Pear- son comes from Maurice Couve de Murville, former French foreign minister and premier. He traces in a seeming condescending way his government's disappointment that Canada for a decade had been more interested in such things as the United Nations than direct dealings with France. He asks, unpleasantly I think, whether the violent troubles in Quebec did not have some spring from the fact that Pearson had not shown concern nor understanding of the quiet revolution that had been going on in Quebec: "he was a stranger among French- Canadians, didn't speak French, didn't want to stick his neck out." As to de Gaulle's gallery speech in 1967 and its aftermath Couve de Murville says only that "everyone knows the circumstances that led to it" which is hardly an expression of regret let alone of any share of the guilt. Indeed, with aristocratic calm he concludes by saying that Pearson was a great builder of peace and France forgives him and hopes he forgave France for the 1967 disaster. The view that Pearson and de Gaulle were equally to blame for that affair is curious. An American view of PearSon comes in poignant circumstances. In the 1959 issue of the Saturday Review, John F. Kennedy, then a senator, wrote of the Pearson lectures delivered in 1958 to Tufts University. The tribute therefore is as man to man, not from president to prime minister. It is an extraordinarily warm assessment, and revealing He found Pearson to have been "always the guardian of good an "architect of the Canadian foreign Service, probably unequalled by any other nation." As examples of Pearson's judgment he points to two matters, "he argues convincingly that in NATO we have shuttered and "in Pearson's judgment the Common Market in part reflects the inability of NATO to find the kinetic energy necessary for a political alliance and is an unwelcome and divisive new form of economic nationalism within the Atlantic world." What has come of NATO and the Common Market hardly lessens that tribute to Pearson, from whom, Kennedy wrote, "we received renewed assurance that diplomacy need not be a mere exercise in futility and that there are alternatives for action in international affairs beyond an inquest into failure Rejeshwar Dayal, former Indian Foreign Secretary and Ambassador to the UN, brought to the volume a characteristic touch of philosophy and humor. "'Power and wisdom, unhappily, do not always go together. A powerful state, by its very nature, tends to rely ultimately on its physical might. A weaker state, however, depends more on the arts of peace, of reason and persuasio_n Pearson combined wisdom with power." Old UN hands, even reporters, will cherish Dayal's story that Pearson once told him he had great admiration for Krishna Menon's painstaking efforts and was always glad to give him endless cups of tea, but "could he not be persuaded not to telephone at two o'clock every Pearson's role in the World Bank's Commission on International Development is recalled by Edward Hamilton, its executive secretary. When Robert McNamara persuaded Pearson to take the chairmanship "he set aside several long-planned personal projects, postponed his academic obligations, over-ruled his doctors, and threatened his friends' confidence in his sanity by agreeing to the appointment." The final report "was Mike Pearson's report He did not draft most of the words, (or) rule on most of the contentious issues Yet he was the catalyst he specialized in the process of getting the public business done Having established the general directions he became highly skilled at the subtle business of easing, nursing, inching the ponderous, often hostile instruments of government forward." Five articles are done by Canadians. Geoffrey Murray tells knowingly how Pearson worked at the UN in the Suez and other crises. J. A. Munro and A. I. Inglis combine to recall what it was like working with him on his autobiography; Denis Stairs, professor of political science at Dalhousie University, finds Pearson fits John Holmes' theory that "the diplomat's primary responsibility is to 'cool it.' Lionel Chevrier recalls Mike as a practical politican, and Norman Smith suggests Mike's unique relations with the press sprang from his yearning to make foreign policy a public rather than a government policy. Present company excepted, I think the book is a useful and informative contribution to the understanding of Mike Pearson.