Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
fotvrfry, July 21, WJ THI ICTHMIDOI HIRALP A collection of brief book reviews "The Feast Day" by Ed- win Fadlman with illustra- tions by Charles Mikolaycak (Little, Brown and Company Limited, 93 An air of exciting things about to happen fills the morning of young girl's Feast Day in Domrany, France. The 12-year-old girl is Joan of Arc and the festivities of her special day are soon surpassed by miraculous events as she sees visions and hears voices which are to influence pro- foundry the course of her life. This story covers only one day in the life of Joan of Arc but it gives a fascinating picture of the life of a peasant and his family in medieval France. The Feast Day is a well bound book with illustrations that reflect the mood of th-e story. Highly recommended. TERRY MORRIS "Once In the Saddle: The Cowboy's Frontier 1866-1896" by Laurence Ivan Seidman. (Random House of Canada Ltd., 200 pages, Almost every aspect of west- ern lore is touched upon in this book making it a good general history of this 30-year period. Centering mainly on the cattle industry, the book traces the Texas Longhorns on their drives north; the building of the huge stockyards: the good years and the droughts and blizzards. Augmented by some prints by men like Gatito and Remming- ton the book also features some authentic photographs. The most unusual aspect of the book is the inclusion of some of the old western songs at the end of the chapters. R is interesting to note how the original lyrics of the Cowboy's Lament (better known as the Streets of Lar- adeo) differ from those we hear today. You won't get an in depth story from this book, but you wffl get an enjoyable evening's reading. GARRY ALLISON "Sleeping Beauty" by Ross Macdonald. (Random House of Canada Ltd., 271 pages.) Fans of Hollywood sleuth Lew Archer are in for a real drag with this latest venture into confusion by Ross Macdonald. Not only is it exhausting for the reader to wind his way in and out of the Peyton Place- type maze, it's almost impossible not to collapse from sheer bore- dom before you're through the first chapter. For those foolish enough to wade through' the entire 42 chapters (count 'em, 42) well, that's then- problem. Even more foolish is anyone who would actually plunk down in cash for this hard cover edition. It's barely worth the price of a paperback. The plot? Here's a dandy summary from the book jacket (remember, this is not, repeat, not Peyton "It involves (Lew Archer) with three generations of the imposing Lennox family whose young heiress had disap- peared Archer finds him- self journeying into a horren- dous (right past of a family twisted by money, pow- er, mfidelhyjjetween husbands and wives, parents and chil- dren, infidelity to friends, de- pendents, duty Ad nauseum. You'll need a road map to follow this one, phis an un- healthy desire for mental punishment coupled with ter- minal insomnia. Remember how exciting pri- vate eyes used to. be? Some- body should remind author Macdonald. HERB LEGG "Reflections" by S. M. Gill (Thfe Standard Freeholder Press, 48 pages A small volume of poems, wen-written, with strength and feeling. It touches on the sub- jects of love, youth, man and emotions that well from the inner being of roan. ANNE SZALAVARY "Hide and Seek" by Jess- amya West (Longman Can- ada limited, 310 pages, Jessamyn West has been a prolific writer for many years and is probably best known for Tbe Friendly Persuasion (which was made into a Cress Delananty, A Matter of Tune and Except for Me and Thee. Raised in a Quaker home, Miss West dem- onstrates in some of her writing the influence of the "Friends" on her life and per- haps indicates sometimes a bit r" rebellion against their nar- In Hide and Seek, I think I ralher hoped for some of the sort of vagoe com- fort found in Anne Morrow J Gift of the Sea. women wrote of the thoughts and experiences which came to them as they retreated from the usual rou- tines of life to live in solitude for a while. Only in the sense of getting away from it all is there any similarity. Jessa- myn West's observations are more earthy, less ethereal and perhaps a litBe more colored with reality than Anne Lind- bergh's. It is not clear whether or not her vacation from life helped Miss West find whatever it was she was seeking but perhaps if it helped her to return with re- newed vigor and appreciation to her home and husband and the world, then it was worth it. I enjoyed Hide and Seek. ELSPETH WALKER "As If By Magic" by An- gus Wilson. (Seeker and War- burg Ltd., .415 Do not attempt to read this novel on a full stomach. Unfortunately, it's aimost im- possible to read this novel on an empty stomach. Solution? Don't bother with this book. HERB LEGG "Canadian Mennonite Cook- book" (George J. McLeod Limited, 164 pages, Put together by the Altona Women's Institute and other -in- dividuals across Canada, this cookbook has had nationwide distribution. A-very good recipe book highly recommended for both beginners and more ad- vanced cooks. It contains sec- tions on bread and rolls, cakes, cookies, frostings and fillings, salads, soups, meat, jams, pickles and canning among others. A small gem of a ipe book! ANNE SZALAVARY "Walking Dead Man" by Hugh Pentecost (Dodd, Mead and Company, 188 pages, An action packed suspense novel where a devious mind creates a make-believe atmos- phere and almost gets away with it. Monsieur Chambnm, manag- er of the Hotel Beaumont, has the difficult task of protecting the life of his friend and second richest man in the world, Georges Battle, who is a guest at his hotel. Battle is promptly attacked, Chumbrun disappears; Battle's bodyguard is dismembered by an explosion, his personal phy- sician dies under a defective breathing device. Things pro- gressively get out of hand as the cat-and-mouse game con- tinues towards a last page sol- ution. Hugh Pentecost presents here a good mystery novel HANSSCHAUFL "Just Gin" by Wallis Ken- dal (Macmillan of Canada, 159 pages, This is a Canadian book, the first written by Wallis Kendall who lives to Edmonton where he is engaged in doing research in art and education. He has done a lot of work with chil- dren, both HI recreation and in teaching and is very fond of them. Just Gin is written to appeal to young people of junior high school age. GUI may not be a typical young teen-ager but her contemporaries will probably understand her even if their parents don't. There will not always be approval for some of. Gin's escapades but I suspect, that even if there are a few holier-than-thou kids still around they will harbor a little envy for Gin's courage. ELSPETH WALKER i "West of "the American Dream" by Neil Claremon. (George J. McLeod Ltd., 69 pages, Tbe jacket says "these 35 poems create a world re- toted to the mysteries of the west, the desert." The mystery to me is where the west and the desert enter into this col- lection of drivel. Blank verse, to me is like modern art a put on. Why did I read tbisbook then? Well the jacket tells of mountains, deserts, Indians and gie west but the "poems" fail to come up witfe any of the aforementioned. The western, aspect must still be locked in the author's apparently confus- ed mind. GARRY ALLISON "The Overcrowded Barro- coon and other articles" by V.S. Naipaul (Andre Deutsch, 286 pages, in UK V. S. Naipaul's book consists of four sections, the first deal- ing with "An -Unlikely Colon- ial" at whom the author pokes wry fun while analyzing his proper position as a West In- dian Indian. "India" is made up of several excellent articles written be- tween 1962 and 1971 during the end of the Nehru era and the Bangladesh crisis. Section three contains (among other comic comments on Steinbeck's Can- nery Row, Norman Mailer and an article about Jacques Sous- telle, an altogether well-writ- ten, humorous narrative. "Columbus arid Cruscoe" the fourth -and last piece in the book touches, again on "colon- Naipaul's strongest contribution. A timely piece of work, in- tense and deep, with a fixed emotionaly purpose. ANN SZALAVARY "No Holiday; For Crime" by Dell Shannon. (George J. McLeod 224 An interesting, though some- times frustrating, behind-the- scenes look at the workings of a fictional Los Angeles police squad. Liquor hijackings, muggings, traffic deaths, robberies, mur- ders. If you can keep them sep- arated, all blend in the final chapters to a plausible solu- tion. Good reading, plus an inti- mate backgrounder to the po- lice family on and off duty. HERB LEGG The Voice Of One DR. FRANK S. MORLEY Patterns in the sky Photo by Harry Relentless hounding of union leader "Harry Bridges The Rise and Fall of Radical Labor in the United States by Charles Larrowe, (Lawrence Hffl and Co., 390 pages, For people interested to the labor movement and its lead- ers, Larrowe's biography of Harry Bridges, president of the International Longshore- men and Warehousemen's Un- ion makes good read- tog. This is not the kind of bio- graphy which tells the reader to breathless detail about Har- ry Bridge's childhood, ances- tors, schooling, and torrid love affairs which clutter up so many biographies. Nor does it seek to find rea- sons for Bridges' actions em- bedded to his psyche Freud- dians who want to find out about the fife and times of a labor leader who was branded for about 15 years by the American government, chambers of com- merce, employers, the Ameri- can Legion, will have to go elsewhere. Harry Bridges came to the west coast of the United States to 1920 at'the age of 19, al- ready having been involved in two strikes as a sailor. A year after taking out resi- dency to the land of milk and honey, the AFL Sailors Union of the Pacific went out on strike, taking Bridges with it, and into his first encounter with the American Legion, which 30 years later would take it upon itself to have Bridges deported as a Com- munist. The employers were recruit- ing strikebearere and their ads read: "Legion men pre- ferred." The strike also gave him his fast taste of the American Federation of Labor which be later said sold out the strike. After getting married, he de- cided to get a job as a long- shoreman, a decision which would later have him branded a Communist, a labor states- man, and a sell-out UnMke many labor leaders to the U.S., including John L. Lew- is, Bridges was firmly corn- nutted to two things sadly lacking to many unions in- ternal democracy, and social vision. Members of the ILWU have the power to approve by refer- endum all contracts, remove their leaders during their two- year terms, and all leaders must stand for ejection at the end of a two-year term. to terms of social vision, Bridges could wefl be pigeon- holed as a social democrat, al- though he talked about the evils of capitalism, was certainly not above working with the Com- munist party if it would help the workers, and once re- marked that the person re- placing Mm as head of the member union would "have to be a man with good grasp of economics ana politics. But we don't want a man who's a union politician. He'd have to be a trained Marx- ist or socialist, or a combina- tion of bolh." He helped sponsor Labor for Peace, an organization which showed that a large segment of the latoor movement did not support the war to Vietnam. But he also helped bring a mechanization agreement onto the Pacific docks to I960 which, while giving longshoremen Job security for life and relatively good wages, saved the slap- ping industry million, at a cost of million. After achieving for the mem- bership reasonable wages and reasonable working conditions, Bridges seemed to give up his militancy which once had every right-wing organization to the country calling for his deportation seemed to whith- er, as if he considered that to the sixties, a worker's paradise had been achieved to the United States. The centrepiece of the book deals with attempts by the Am- erican government to return Bridges to Australia, as if mo- tivated by a dream that if Bridges could be taken off the coast, labor problems on the docks would disappear. In 1939. the government set up an immigration bearing in San Francisco with the power to deport Bridges if it was prov- en that he was a CommunisL The presiding officer of Ihe hearing decided that on the basis of the evidence, Bridges was not a Communist and could naft be deported. About a year after that de- cision was handed down, the U.S. attorney-general issued an- other warrant for Bridges and ordered another immigration bearing. This time, the govern- ment tried to sbOFW that Brid- ges' brief affiliation with the Industrial Workers of the World to the early twenties -was suffi- cient basis for a deportation. In addition, they also pulled out the familiar allegation of Communist affiliation, despite the derision of the previous hearing. This time, the government was successful at the end of the hearing, Bridges was found guilty, despite the objections of his lawyers that he was being tried twice for the same "crime." After a great deal of public wrangling, the Supreme Court finally overturned the decision saying that Bridges' affiliation with the Communist party was not proved and that where he did co-operate with them, it was for the purpose of attain-" tog legitimate ends. In a separate concurring opinion, Justice Murphy stated: "The record of this case wffl stand forever as -a monument to man's intolerance of man. Seldom, if ever to the history of this nation has there been such a concentra'ed and relent- less crusade to deport an to- dividual because he dared to exercise the freedom that be- longs to him as a human be- ing When the immutable freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights have been so openly ignored, the fun of constitutional con- demnation descends on the ac- tion taken by the government." Larrowe manages to pack lot of information into 390 pages and even from the viewpoint of wanting to see how the fun range of legal machinery can be used against someone the government dosn't like, and disregarding the detail about the general Strike in San Fran- cisco to 1934, the efforts of the ILWU to organize woiters in Hawaii, jurisdictional battles, and fights to secure a mari- time federation of workers, the book is worth the time it takes to read it, Maybe even twice. WARREN CARAGATA Faith, the force of life Faith is the force of life. Faith redeems life from boredom and meaninglesshess. Arnold Toynbee the historian said, "Man at work can be happy and spiritually healthy only if he feels that he is work- ing in God's world and for God's glory through doing what is God's work." It must therefore be a matter of grave con- cern to every thinking person to read the result of the Gallup Poll to the question, "Is organized religion a relevant part of your life at the present time or Fifty percent of Canadians answered no and 50 per cent yes. Even more ominously the rejection between years 18 to 29 was 63 par cent while only 37 per cent found or- ganized religion relevant to their lives. In this case the church is hi for a hard time indeed in the near future. What are the reasons for this decline in the relevance of the church? One is the feeling that church-going is superficial, a pleasant and respsctable thing to do, fol- lowing a tune-honored custom which con- firms prejudice rather- than challenging life. Pierre Berton and Vance Packard made much of this. Paradoxically, bow- ever, many have rejected the Church bs- cause they found its ethic too hard. For example, the Roman Catholic church has continued, against popular opinion, to hold to the strong demands of their ethic such as the indissolubih'ty of marriage contin- ence before and outside marriage, the sanc- tity of life in embryo, and the demand for restitution of property obtained wrongly. Very few know what the Christian faith fe about. They reject religion because of ignorance. In religious matters most peo- ple have no right to an opinion. Nevertheless there are obvious reasons for the rejection of the Church. Ons is the fritfjtfid conduct of countries where the Church has been strong. There is, for ex- ample, the bestial conduct of Portugal in Mozambique and Angola. It should be re- membered that it was an article to the Times by the Catholic priest, Father Adri- an Hastings, which roused a storm of in- dignation in Britain. Moreoever great num- bers of priests have suffered harsh treat- ment, prison, and exile, because of their opposition to official brutality. In Ireland, too, the Church is a reconciling influence. In Nazi Germany millions of Christians as well as Jews died for their faith. Another place where the Church appears vulnerable is to its divisions. In the U.S. the Presbyterian church has been sadly by a schism on the part of the con- servatives. Especially is this true of the Southern church. In the Christian Century, June 27, a Southern Baptist professor, James Baba, expresses the disillusion- ment many feel with their denomination's failure to deal with the racial question. He sees the menace of men who "are not only ignorant but downright hostile to education and social and theological maturity." In the same issue John Groh, a Missouri- Synod Lutheran, discusses the conflict be- tween the conservatives and those progres- sives who favor involvement to history and social consciousness to that prestigious de- nomination. Every denomination has its in- ternecine straggles and danger of schism, which decrease the prestige of the church. The strongest factor to the decline of re- ligion as a relevant factor to contemporary life is the shambles to which modern the- ology finds itself. Process theology is no substitute for a personal God. "The Death of God" and "Goodbye Jehovah" has brought to a climax the pessimism of Mat- thew Arnold and Thomas Hardy. Add to this an the secularizing tendency of the time, the effects of scientism, the ravages of communism, and the worship of a ma- terial "standard of and you are amazed that the Church has not been en- tirely steamrollered out of existence. Surely it roust be a Divine institution. The greatest sin of them all By Richard J. Needham, in The Toronto Globe and Mail It was Ibsen, I think, who said that the worst of all sins, the utterly unforgive- able one, was to interfere with another person's love life. I'd extend that to in- clude every other aspect of their life, and this gets me around to keeping a promise or half promise I made; that I'd examine this particular sin in detail, deeming it myself to be the worst of a bad tot. There's a right to live, which we rec- ognize hi our opposition to murder. You musn't kill or even wound other people physically. But killing or wounding them emotionally, psychologically that's some- thing else again. Careful as we are not to mess about with other people's bodies, we don't hesitate to mess about with other-peo- ple's lives the unique pattern each one is trying to work out. We cannot grant complete freedom to the child; he'd likely wind up killing him- self. Again, we cannot grant complete free- dom to the criminal, the person who is mentally ffl, and so forth. But for the rest, the normal people who've reached their growth, I think we have to adopt a poDcy of hands-off, advising or warning only on their stated request, and even at that with hesitation. There are lots of people who would have warned Henry Ford (probably did warn him) against the idea of putting the work- ing-man on' wheels; and who would have warned the Wright Brothers (probably did warn them) against launching man into the air. I see all sorts of people doing things, making choices, which I privately think are utter folly; but those things and choices of- ten turn out well so far as anything can tarn out well in this crazy world. The desire to heckle and hassle and ha- rass other people, to possess and control and manipulate them, to change them into something different from what they are this desire is surely one of the oldest in man's history. It's born right into him. The small child knows instinctively bow to grab and clutch and bold on. "Mine, mine, mine." What we must team, and painfully, is to let go, to let the other person live according to his or her own In her delightful book, The Journey's Echo, Freya Stark says that if we truly love another person, we wish only to help them move in the direction they have cho- sen. In her equally delightful book. Gift From the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh says the only real security in a relation- ship, and especially a man-woman rela- tionship. "is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in bop- ing even, but living in the present relation- ship and accepting it as it is now." To that's hard work for us humans; to accept the person not simply as he is, but as be is DOW, which is necessarily different from what he was yesterday and will be tomorrow. St. Augus- tine said that we should accept people and things as they come to us moment by mo- ment, meanwnile- exercising ourselves in goodness. Well, I'm none too adept at exer- cizing myself to goodness, but I think I've teamed to accept people and things as they come moment by moment. There are many definitions of love, most of which imply what is called togetherness, a making of two into one. Isn't that what marriage is all about? But Charles Mor- gan and his Austrian counterpart, Rai- ner Maria Rilke have warned over and over again that you cannot make two peo- ple one. They are, they must always be, separate entities, solitudes. Morgan said, "I think correctly, Oat even when a man and a woman are as close, as intimate, as they can get, Ihey are still like two birds, peeking at one another through a pane of glass." Rilke said, "Love consists to this that two solitudes protect and touch and greet one another." Fd define lore, or liking, or friendship, in seven short, simple words to let be and to set free. If we don't care for an- other person, we should and generally do leave them atone. If we do care for another person, that would seem to me all the more reason to leave them alone, to protect their solitude, their pri- vacy, their dignity; to touch them as lightly (and as affectionately) as one might touch someone's hand or cheek; to greet them as cordially as we might greet a stranger for however the feeling between the two of us, we are and al- ways will be strangers. How can we pre- tend to "know" another when we barely know our own selves? To many people, this would seem a sort of deaUC Hell whereto the fire has been replaced with ice. But I don't think it's cold or callous to keep your distance from those whom you like or love. We all know what happens when ships or cars or planes fail to keep a distance between them. Colli- sions between people are as bad, and even worse. If we really want to live to paace with other people, to enjoy them as we might enjoy a sansst or a sandwich, we must learn to stop grabbing and clutching, to stop demanding and expecting, to stop hoping, as Mrs. Lindbergh be- yond that, where we find the Buddhists, to slop wanting. That's too much to ask- from most of us bamans, so we'll go on battling it on! to big, collective wars, their physical carnage: and to small, individual ones, with their emo- tional carnage. I know -winch type of war causes the greater suffering. And so do you, dear reader, so do you. Not deposed By Dong Walker Many weeks ago Doris Bessie -won a scrabble game while playing with Elsp.-lh and me. Recently she remarked that she was disappointed I had not mentioned her victory to this corner. I am not prepared to concede that Doris is the champion on the basis of a single win than I would declare Jim Rae 10 be a better golfer after his lone victory aUhcusgi I confess, I'm impressed by the be carded on the back nine re- cenUy.