Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Sofurdoy, Juni 3, 1072 inHHRIDGE HERAID 9 Book Reviews Comments on a variety of publications "Andrew Jackson ami [lie Rattle o[ New Orleans" by Dec Brown. (Loilginnu Cau- adn Limited, 128 pages, SI ANDREW JACKSON, a man destined to become the president of the United States fought his greatest battle (bat- tle of New Iwo weeks alter the War of 1812 concluded. News of the peace treaty was lale arriving from England (it took longer to cross the At- lantic lhan it does to go to the moon The battle, interestingly chronicled by tho author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown, was an over- whelming defeat for the British. The troops led by Jackson lost Beven men and liad six wound- ed while the British casualties numbered It's a friendly little book, easy to read and full of his- tory. You'll meet the pirate Jean Latfite (remember Y u 1 Bryner as and calch a glimpse of Uavcy Crockett and Sam Houston. While the hook is not even remotely close to the quality o! "Wounded KIKC" you'll find it makes an enjoyable reading session. CARRY ALLISON. The many excellent color il- lustrations are masterpieces iu themselves and blend harmoni- ously with Scolt Symons elo- quent hymn- GERTA PATSON. "Heritage" by Scott Hy- mens, photographs by John dc Viser (McClelland ami Stewart Limited, S'l pages, fyHIS is a splendid book for furniture collectors or those interested in the Canadian heri- tage. Through the author's ro- mantic stance about the Cana- dian past we learn about the derivation and the various trends in furniture produclion and it we didn't possess it al- ready, we develop an appreci- ation and love for all the beau- tifully designed objects an 18th and 19th century Canadian was surrounded with. "AH right, everybody off Hie planet" by Bob Oltum (Random House, 2M pages, 1 DON'T know how come I got a book on science fic- tion as I'm not all that inter- ested in ths subject, What I've heard about it sounds terribly contrived but as this one claim- ed to he funny I took a smack at it. And you know what? It is. Funny, I mean. Although highly unscientific and crazily farcical, it is nonetheless a painless chuckler Uial is much better entertainment than weeding dandelions. I can't attempt to outline the plot with any reat dimension but briefly it has to do with a Time magazine editor, J. Lew T r i m l> 1 c, who never gels o story printed. And about his friend Sally Lou and a space- ship that looks like an aircon- dilioner. Bing Wallers the mir- acle boy invader is, alas, pjas- tic but he does all kinds of real- people tlu'ngs such as stirring up Sally Lou's red corpuscles. And so on and so Oil. It's a Saturday afternoon's lounging- on-thc-palio type of thing. Hard to remember after you close the book, but it gives a laugh as you read it. MARGARET LUCKHURST. "They Walked A Crooked Mile" by Charles Franklin (Hart Publishing Co-, 401 pages, S8.50, distributed by George J. McLeod Ltd.) rpHIS IS ONIi of the very few books that deserves a place in the impossible-lo-pul- down category. It should rank near the top as one of the best entertainment pieces of the year. Souking up some sun Charles Franklin masterfully tells of the greatest scandals, swindles and outrages of all time. Charles Ponzi, the diminutive Italian super salesman who bilked Bostonians out of mil- lions in the 1920s, England's Profumo scandal of the 60s, Henry VIII and his penchant for new wives are some of Hie intriguing stories that unfold in tlus account of notoriety. ItON CALDWELL. "Ecology of the Aspen Parkland of Western Can- ada" by Ralph Bird (tho Canada department of agri- culture, S3, 155 pages, avail- able from Information Can- ada, Ottawa K1A A COMPLETE history and description of a large area of Western Canada is found in ttu's book. The technicality of using the scientific names of animals and plants takes away from the usefulness for the layman reader but this fact is outweighed by a general Inter- est reading pattern set up throughout. If a person were lucky enough to be able to travel ex- tensively throughout the re- gion, reading this book first would give one an insight to the area and some understand- ing of what is happening and why. A section of black and white pictures at the end would have been more effective inter- spersed throughout the book. RIG SWIHAHT. ON THE OLD ENGINE IN GAIT GARDENS, LETHBRIDGE Pholo by Jim Wright "The Late Man" by An- dreas Schroeder (The Sono Nis Press, 118 SOMEONE more geared to surrealism than I am ought to review tills small book. It Is almost fragile in its make-up; Ihe stories are, I gather, not intended in any way to speak of "reality" in the starkness with which we are familiar. The prose is almost poetry; the impressions myth- like. I suspect one must be in a very real sense an "artist" to appreciate what Andreas Schroeder has painted with his pen and I feel that I am miss- ing something in not being able to respond creatively. The au- thor, only 26, was born in Ger- many and emigrated to Can- ada in 1951, now living in Maple Ridge, B.C. He has received Canada Council grants for his work and is now involved in film-making as well'as In writ- ing. ELSPETH WALKER. Abundant nourishment for skepticism "The Life Beyond Death" by Arthur Ford as told to Jerome Ellison (G. P. Put- nam's Sons, 68.15, 219 pages, distributed by Longman Can- ada "A World Beyond" by Ruth Montgomery (Coward, Mc- Cann and Gcoghegan, Inc., J7.50, 210 pages, distributed ry Longman Canada Lim- SPECULATION about tho afterlife presumably comes lo an cad wilh these two books. All uncertainty is supposedly swept away as Ar- thur Ford, the celebrated Am- erican medium, presents the reasonableness of belief in life beyond dealh in Ihe first of them and confirms it himself in messages from the world beyond in the second. Arthur Ford died in January 1971 leaving his friend Jerome Ellison to complete the book he had virtually finished. Then he almost immediately began giv- Ing messages from (he world beyond to another friend. Ruth Montgomery. The second hook makes an interesling sequel to the first. People who are normally put off by the wrilings of psychics, as I am, may be surprised, as I was, by Ihe reasonableness of tlie first book. II begins with a good argument in favor of openness lo the possibility of reality being richer than what has so far been measured by science with its usual ma- terialistic limitations. Then it gives a kind of historical review of the idea of survival after death, ending wilh reflections by Ford on his own medium- ship. The winnowing in the vast lileratures on this subject has been done well so thai little of Uie absurd survives. Jerome Ellison's 50 pages of introduction and epilogue can be skipped without much loss. In fact the epilogue with its scorn of scientists and ils support for astrology (not dis- cussed by Ford) weakens Ihe impact of the book consider- ably. Ford's resort lo the Bible for support of his case Is uncon- vincing to me. He should have- given references for the state- ment that "the Old Teslament Hebrews were pioneers in affirming and describing liia world (beyond) It is my impression that the Old Testa- ment, in particular, is notable for its absence of intimations of Immortality. He should also have provided references for the statement that "the ancient Hebrews were aware of the relationship between incar- nate and discarnate beings and frequently bridged the gap through mediums." The in- stance of Saul visiting the witch of Endor, which is cited, is not- able because it is exceptional and was considered reprehen- sible. Spiritualism was de- nounced in the Old Testament as belonging to paganism and as antithclical lo Yah- wism. Bui it was Ruth Mont- gomery's alleged messages, via aulomalic writing, that really left me cold. Maybe it Is this woman's uncritical adulalion of psychics that arouses my skep- ticism. The only other book of hers thai I have read was a pathetic thing about Jeanne DLxon which I found wholly un- convincing. Her book on Ford's revelations from a world beyond sounds like more of the same. The prophecies at the end of the book are no more precise or profound than those deliver- ed by Jeanne Dixon even though Arthur Ford in the world beyond supposedly is in a position lo know more than someone in this world. "France will continue lo be ups and downs and Gallic lears." I'll bet that comes ns a surprise to a lot of people! "Tho Mexican economy will hold strong under good leadership. A fine place to invest now for the coming upturns." N o w there's a hot tip) No douhl Ihe crilics of Prcs- Depression years "The Dirty Thirties" edited ly Mlclucl Horn (Conp Clark, S5.95, paper, S10.05 hard- fONTHARY lo my chil- clrcn's opinions, I have not been around forever. In fact I don't really remember the Dirty Thirties as sharply as I perhaps should. Not (let me hasten to say) because I wasn't around then, but simply be- cause they didn't have a spe- cial effect on me one way or another. I was growing up, ad- vancing into my teens al- though there was no such thing as a "leenager" in those days and it probably is just as well, considering Ihe problems older people had to cope with. Being a teenager then was simply a time lo get through, and keep- ing out of worried adults' way was a wise Ihing lo do. Older members of my imme- diate family, and parents of so many of my friends will appre- ciate this book on that rough period. Teachers worked for next to nothing, doclors were, paid in chickens and eggs, and university graduates were hap- py to get pick and shovel jobs. The book reflects tha senli- nienls, frustralions and irrita- tion of the people who suffer- ed through the Great Depres- sion; the hapless polilicians and their efforts lo creale work; the breadlines and the xveary march of transients looking for greener pasture. The editor wisely leLs tho people of the time speak for Ihemselves through reprints of letters to the editor, editorials, public speeches, and shattering personal experiences. Divided into nine sections, each section in the book re- late to a certain aspect of tha degression. There is no ed- itorial finger-poinling as the leaders of the day bungle along ineptly; there doesn't need to he il c o m e s across quito clearly (o the reader. It doesn't need to be snid that here is a i.hatleringly real, but unpleasant account of a dreadful period in Canadian history. One wonders how so- ciety could have coped at all with so much hardship, so many broken dreams and hearts. Surely a time such as the dirty thirties will never he repeated. MARGARET LUCKHURST. ident John F. Kennedy will feel properly rebuked to learn that the judgment from beyond is that he had made a brilliant beginning of the job of tha presidency. That includes Viet- nam, presumably. Believers i n reincarnation will be intrigued to learn that Stalin is back in the flesh in Rhodesia, hoping to establish a dictatorial governmenl. Thom- as Jefferson is back in Vir- ginia but not accomplishing too much. George Washington has recently died in the fighting in Vietnam. Abraham Lincoln is living in New Orleans, where he is sludying Ihe Southern race problem. George Washington Carver, wrho was a white man prior to, and presumably in preparation for, his brilliant career in Ihe South, is back again as a black boy in Har- lem. Those who thrive on the re- markable will be delighted to learn that in one of his pre- vious existences Arthur Ford was the father of Lazarus, Mary and Martha friends of Jesus. Now hold your breath- Ruth Montgomery was also a member of lhat family and was called Ruth then loo. Ar- thur Ford and Ruth Montgom- ery also once lived on the lost conlincnt of Atlantis! Not surprisingly, Ford has confirmed that flying saucers exist. They originate iu Ihe Ihoughls of Ihose on other plan- ets. But the life forms on other planets are not recognizable in terms of the life forms which inhabit earth. There are many different species of thought forms, such as "radishes with wings, turnips wilh tails, let- tuce that laughs, and animal forms which walk on air as well as water." I guess that shoots down the theory of Erich Von Daniken, in Chariots of lha Gods, lhat giants from other planets came to earth long ago and mated with earth women. Of course there is no way of ascertaining the truth of such things. Ruth Montgomery may have received her revelations from Arthur Ford for all I know. What I do know is that I was skeptical about such things when I started her book and now I am even more skep- lical. DOUG WALKER. "The Legend of the Green Man" by Sara Hely (Collins, A "SCARLET Pimpernell" clothed in green is tha hero of this novel set In trou- bled Ireland following the up- rising of 1798. The heroine is an English widow who has es- caped to Ireland hoping to avoid repercussions from ona of her several indiscretions. The two meet and a romance plus an exciling mystery evolve. The story points out the long standing leud between Cath- olics and Protestants in that slrife-ridden country and could easily be a page from today's book. MARGARET LUCKHURST. Focus on the University By MICHAEL SUTHERLAND Why V of U 2 rpHERE has been a very considerable amount of discussion in the past week about The University of Lclhbridge, its pro- grams and its relations with tlie commun- ity. Suffice it to say, Mr. Caldwell's arti- cles generated a good deal of reaction in favor of the university and I personally feel any immediate concern !ias been re- conciled satisfactorily for the time being at least. Coincidently last week's Focus was the first in what I indicated would be a three or four part series explaining certain things about the university's programs, as the re- sult of questions generated by students dur- ing tlie recent visitations to 29 high schools in southern Alberta. One of the selb'ng points wliich we really have very little difficulty "selling" con- cerns itself with the very desirable faculty- to-student ratio at this institution. It is easy in the sense that we found ourselves sitting with a group of 20 or so high school people and were able to tell them they would not likely encounter a class situation of that size once they got past the introductory courses. In fact the new campus has only two "large" lecture theatres, the rest of the classrooms are designed for much smaller seminar type instructional sessions. The desirability of small classes and the personal nature of the student-faculty re- lationship is obvious when one considers classes of upwards of 800 or that one might get into at the Universities of Al- berta or Calgary. Since day one the uni- versity has dedicated itself to the preser- vation of a personal approach in making undergraduate" education available. Instruction is of- course always done by the academic faculty at the university. I make this statement in qualification against the larger systems where undergraduate students are often the victims of the graduate schools, receiving instruction from graduate teaching assistants and not the regular full-time faculty. Believe me this is not to downgrade the GTA's but rather a means of presenting the desir- S. S. Prokofiev's "Peter and the illustrated by Kozo Shimizu (Longman Can- ada Ltd., 14 pages, T-TERE is an extraordinary cliildren's book to leach music appreciation. Prokofiev's story is retold for children by Ann King Herring. It is printed in reasonably large type oil very good quality paper. What is notable about this book is the novel form of illustration. The landscape, figures, animals and frees are constructed from colored cloth, felt, wool, silk and lace, I ima- gine mounted on cardboard and then photographed. The is exaggeratedly monstrous. Peter, grandfather and peas- ants in Russian native clothes, lake made of taffeta changeant, all this has a puppet-like naive effect and delights children and is for adults to admire. GERTA PATSON. "Henry IV of Castile" by Townsend Wilier (J. B. Lip. pincolt Co., 275 pages, S10.50, distributed by McClelland and Stewart TJ'RANKLY, I was disappoint- ed with Mr. Miller's efforts at recounting the life and times of a person who could be one of history's most interesting char- acters. The author seems to have had all the necessary ingredients for a top-notch story a sup- posedly impotent king whosa wife becomes pregnant, a horde of nobles using and misusing Henry for their own ends. The ingredients are there but the author's cake has fallen, perhaps from over-cooking. RON CALDWELb ability of the leaching situation here flt Lelhbridge. So the situation is such that In these formalive years, the developing ones for the characler of Ihis inslilulion, we have been able to offer this high qualily of in- struction on a very personal basis. As several students have said, if a perspective university student is hoping to "get lost" in the system at a university, The University of Lelhbridge is certainly not the place to come there are other places that do a very neat job of dehumanizing the individu- al. And it is this kind of unique approach to instructing undergraduates that is threa- tened by the possibility of inadequate or inappropriate financing. It should bo. quite clear that as far as 1972-73 is concerned there will be no drastic changes in the programs of the university. As has been said before, current talks with tne govern- ment and the universities commission are in anticipation of a possible situation in laic 1973 and 1971 It has been a source of some consider- able encouragement to the university to tally up Ihe number of positive comments from high school graduates who make specific reference lo the low faculty-student ratio. This is a physical sort of concept in that it is personified by Uie people of the university but it is also the physical rep- resentation of major aspects of the very philosophy of Ihe universily. To conclude we must impress on tho minds of prospective students and their parents alike lhat Ihe classroom learning situation at this inslilution is nearly as tolally desirable as can be had al a post- secondary, degree-granting institution. The preservation of this siluation is of utmost importance to the continuance of a crea- tive and valuable educational experience at The University of Lethhridge. Next week 1 will lake a look at what we refer lo as "shopping around" at registra- tion time and the flexibility of programs as well as the lack of compulsory sub- jects, significant characteristics of an in- teresting academic program. The Voice Of One -By DR. FRANK S. MORLFIf The damage they dc TT is being increasingly taken for granl- ed lhat people do not attend church. An initiation to a seminar in Vancouver described an Important part of Ihe pro- gram running right through Sunday morn- ing. At the Save-the-Children Fund confer- ence in Banff recently a "Simulation Game" was put on during the Sunday morning. Coaches and leaders of youth groups call praclices and schedule games for Sunday morning. A drama teacher an- nounces that her classes will begin 11 o'- clock Sunday morning. It used to be the complaint that Sabbatarians tyrannized over those who did not observe the Sab- bath, but today the shoe is on the other foot and the lyranny is that of secular Ihinking and organizations. It is utterly unfair lhat if a boy wanls to play a favorite sport ha has to give up his faith. Jesus said the Sabbath was made for man, that is it was to be a lime of phys- ical mental and spiritual recreation, of change from daily routine, of opportunity for tapping the resources of divine energy, of association with family and friends. This is obvious if one reads the commandment. It is a time for the worship of God, the most important thing in anyone's life. It is not a time for selfish indulgence but an op- porlunily lo reflect on those spiritual mat- ters of eternal dimensions. Parents who rob their children of the only opportunity they will ever have of learning somelhing of the Bible and of God do them an irrepar- able damage which will have a profound effect on their future life. The Sabbath was a protection against exploitation of the worker assuring him a time for rest. "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shall thou labor and do all thy work: but the sevenlh day is Ihe Sabbalh of the Lord thy God: in it thou shall not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, Ihy man-servant nor thy maid-servanl, nor thy callle, nor thy stranger that, is within Ihy gates." "Tlie Lord's day" with Christians took the place of the Sabbath commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and also it was on that day lhat the disciples had received the Holy Spirit. When Chris- tianity became Ihe dominanl religion under Conslantine legislation was passed making Sunday a day free from work. Us motives were the same as the Sabbath, to give all men rest from work and leisure to worship their God and have fellowship one wilh tho other. It was a great victory for humanity that was thus achieved by the Christian church and is one of the things we are so lightly discarding today. Inslead of true recreation the day is used in such a way that working people are unfit for their work on Monday and purchasers of automobiles are warned not to buy an automobile that comes off the assembly line on a Monday. Families would be much healthier if they used the day as a family day when parents and children were together and holy rituals observed. It is also a day for tlie gathering of "tlie family of faith" when fellow be- lievers get together and join in worship lo their God. Religion will not last long if there is not such a day and the sense of God will decline in a people's life. Emer- son used to say that there was a plant call- ed reverence in his heart thai needed wat- ering once a week and llierefore he went to church. The use lo which we put tlus Sabbath determines what kind of people we arc, whether we are merely healthy ani- mals, indulgent glultons, or men and women seeking a higher, nobler life, Sunday has become a day when business meetings are held, when athletic contests are staged, when the largest crowds fill Ihe theatres, parks, and beaches, and when roads are most congested by traffic. More people get drunk and more are killed on the highways on Sunday than any 'other day in the week. Some very valuable priceless and gracious things are being lost in our family and social life because we no longer regard the day as holy. A Jewish scholar wrote a few years ago, "The Sabbath is celebraled by (lie very people wlio did observe it in hundreds of hymns which would fill volumes, as a day of rest and joy, of pleasure and delight, a day in which a man enjoys some presenti- ment of the pure bliss and happiness which are stored up for the righleous in the world to come." John Buchan who as Lord Tweed smuir was governor-general of Can- ada, related how the Sabbath was Ihe hap- piest day of the week for him and he looked back on it with memories of delight. Only a very few favored children will have lhat blessed privilege when they become men and women today. Our society will pay for tliis neglect with crime, shaltered nerves, decreased vitality, and a loss of Ihe Irue, the good, and (he beautiful. Poor exchange By Dong Walker JtcKAGUE, husbandlcss at church on May 21, lamented in our hearing aboul Mel being an ardenl gar- dener. "I wish he would lake up sighed Pearl. "She doesn't know when she's well said our daughter Joanne Bowrcy whoss husband Chris M'as occupied all the holiday weekend with the Henderson Lake golf tournament. "Al leasl she gels lo see her husband once in concluded Joanne.