Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday. May Crocus time once more THE VOICE OF ONE ____________ Dr. Frank S. Morlev Photo Walter Kerber A collection of brief book reviews Choice of by Joy Kogawa and Stewart 95 pages. Elegance and refinement are the virtues of Joy Kogawa's poetry. The who now lives in but who has lived in several places in Western including Coaldale her father the Rev. G. G. Nakayama is the minister of the Anglican wntes about being a Canadian of Jap- anese descent with compassionate irony. Only in about half a dozen of the poems in this collection does either the compassion or the irony become too forced or too easy. The poet's facing of her Jap- anese heritage is seen in poems about her visit to Ja- and in poems dealing with her life as a child and as a parent in Canada. Of these Street Goddess of When I was a Little Chain and Woodtick particularly struck although most of them attain the same high quality. The handful of poems dealing with a variety of other subjects do with the exception of succeed quite so well. Their subject matter is often less and Kogawa's phrasing is not acute enough to bring it into focus. JOHN BELL Stories to Read or compiled by Mildred Corell Luckhardt distributed by G. R. Welch These 15 stories will be welcomed by group leaders or those interested in developing a Readers' Theatre. There is a humorous touch to most of the stories but humor doesn't stand out. It might have been safer to have simply called the book Stories to Read or Tell. A valuable list of other books of stories is included as well as a short bibliography on guides to storytelling. DOUG WALKER Sinking of the I'm and Stewart 48 Booze and the high That's what this thin little book is all telling a salty yarn from the Prohibition Era. The publication is part of a special series preserving in more permanent form the essence of popular Pierre Berton television programs. Excerpts from on-camera interviews with some of the central figures blend with additional background notes and photographs from the years when business minded Americans and Canadians smuggled hard liquor across international boundaries. The sort of book that you might read on a bus ride or crossing to Vancouver Island on a ferry. NOEL BUCHANAN to Live With by Kelly M. Irwtn Co. 122 When Kelly M. a healthy 38-year old executive was stricken with Hodgkin's a form of his lifo iinrlnrurartf a change. In his very personal story he tells simply and directly how he coped with treatments and hospkalizations during the next 12 years. In spite of his illness he maintained a positive attitude and tells how others can do it. This with much practical written in layman's language should be read by all cancer patients and by those whose relatives or friends are thus afflicted. The author's courageous outlook is a lesson not only for the ill but also for the well. ELSIE MORRIS Folk by C. Meyer Whiteside 296 American Folk Medicine is a definitive and unique collec- tion of home remedies used since the time of the pioneers. Up to the advent of antibiotics and heart physicians continually told their students not to shun folk medicines if they proved of value. The remedies are arranged alphabetically and cover such ailments as insect female etc. Though not endorsed by author and the recipes make interesting reading. Here's one for the merry holiday a wineglass of olive oil. It will have the same effect if taken before an intended For debility of the milk be sucked from the breasts of a middle aged of good vfho lives and uses moderate For as much cayenne pepper as you can bear in a bowl of hot These quaint remedies may provide us with till we discover the source of some of our modern day for ex- ample conjugated estrogenic substances. ELSIE MORRIS Thorn in the Contemporary by B. D. Reynolds Inc. 54 Let me deal with this book of poems in the hope that m brevity there lies a grain of mercy. Oscar Wilde once commented that genuine emotion was at the root of all bad art. Genuine emotion is if somewhat in all of these which are blatantly bad. B. D. Reynolds' grasp of such simple technical matters as vocabulary and syntax is very and he has an unerring nose for metric cliche. In other he is unable to express himself properly. Only the first 12 lines of a poem called The Birth of Spring are truly graceful and original. In the midst of a welter of mundane those dozen lines remind us that genuine emotion is also at the root of all good art. JOHN BELL Brand New Monty Python Methuen As the cover notes this book is really but definitely not recommended for children under and people who tend to politically conser- respectful of respectful of com- mon decency and good Canadian painters Realism in by Paul Duval Irwin Company 175 Paul Duval discusses 13 Canadian painters in this however the classification of one or two of them as high realists seems rather dubious. We can sense how appropriate the term high realism is when applied to the work of Alex Tom and most of the other painters in the who subordinate the elements of their painting and texture to their subject matter. On the other Eric Freifeld and Fred Ross seem as concerned with linear values as with subject matter. The book opens with an introductory section delineating the Canadian precursors to contemporary Canadian which is interesting in but which Duval never connects to the body of his not even to the extent of remarking on the irony of his 13 contemporary subjects' apparent lack of acquaintance with earlier Canadian realism. When dealing with the contemporary Duval is very if not choosing a rather than an approach. He writes an unpretentious which suits a book whose illustrations are its chief attraction. The most of them in are and demonstrate why high realism is so popular. The subject matter of these paintings is easy to without being presented at all abrasively. Anyone who enjoys looking at autumn or the will find something to enjoy here. the artists' skill in arranging their compositions will lend resonance to the viewer's appreciation. To be a realist painter one must surely love the visual aspects of and the artist's very special reaction to his surroundings may sensitize the viewer to his own environment. The one shortcoming revealed in the illustrations is a lack of facility in many of the artists when dealing with which in their is either drab without being subtle or gaudy without being bold. This could account for the consistent failure of these painters in representing water their only failure as a at capturing reality. Water requires an slippery handling of perhaps too intuitive a process for these very methodical artists. JOHN BELL lovers of lovers of hamster anagram Richard Nix- on supporters of or anything else that 10 years ago would have been mocked only with gravest consequences. Now the Monty Python folks of television fame have a book jampacked with all sorts of irreverencies and anecdotes. There are recipes for rat ads for wallpaper in a St. Valentine's Day Massacre and a fabulous page 71 that's sure to please the entire family. If you're the type who is not easily offended as the time- honored institutions and old conventions are torn out by the then the book is for you. If not buy it anyway. It's really terrific. WARREN CARAGATA I Wouldn't Have Missed It For the by Peg Bracken Brace Jovanovich Inc. distributed by Longman Canada 270 This book will be welcomed by those who have appreciated Peg Bracken's fun-mingled with-good-sense magazine articles and books like The I Hate to Cook Book. Amusing anecdotes of encounters with fellow travellers and with natives in many corners of the world are mixed with helpful hints for making the most of any jour- ney. ELSPETH WALKER on by Elie Wiesel House of 268 by Elie Wiesel House of Canada 283 Here are two books by the same author. The first relates Hasidic legends in the form of tales told by the author's grandfather. The names of such charismatic figures as Israel Baal Shem Nahman of Bratzlav or Mendel of Kotzk may have been familiar to many as their legends have become a source of comfort when outside events turned them to despair. The legends are interspersed with parables and predictions that are full of wisdom in their universal applicability. The second book relates the life story of an old wanderer named Azriel who has pledged by oath to keep it to himself. It describes the events that lead to a pogrom in a little town in the Carpathian Mountains after a Christian boy had disappeared there rhythmic race of men drawn by primitive and absolute hate. Breathing in the night only to exhale it thick and they launched into their attack sure of liberating the demonical powers held in check by civilization and its laws. Toppling crushing every breathing horsemen and beasts announced the explosion and end of the It is only the very great who with their poetic prose are able to conjure visions as powerful as Elie Wiesel does and provide insights for the reader that form a link to the Jewish past. The questions raised in both books are as valid and pertinent for the past as for today and form the foundation of the collective conscience of mankind. GERTA PATSON Honorary by Graham Greene Bodley Head distributed by The Copp Clark Publishing 335 There is no real joy at all in this bleak story of revolutionary politics and individual despair and purposelessness. Readers who have appreciated Graham Greene's other novels will find meat in this one too. The story takes place in a small town in just across the river from Paraguay. It concerns three all with old and vague ties to Britain and each one personally at the end of his tether. Perhaps at the very end there is a small measure of hope that life after have some purpose. The Honorary Consul is worth reading. ELSPETH WALKER -it-fe Don't be Most people get smart too late if they ever do get and many never do. The world's wisest the says that there are two ways to live. Moses warned the nation of call heaven and earth to record this day that I have set before you life and blessing and therefore choose that thou and thy seed may Jesus described two types of one wise the other foolish. Paul expressed it another way spiritually minded and carnally minded. To be carnally said is but to be spiritually minded is joy and peace. The Book of Proverbs is one long appeal to be intelligent about life. Nothing is so important as wisdom. Don't be stupid. Few believe that a deliberate choice is necessary. They drift and postpone making any decision. Life is a matter of indulgence and without any until they find that the joy has gone out of life. They take what they want until they find that they no longer want what they took. Appetites are jaded and the best things are missed. Jesus told the rich young ruler who wanted eternal all that you have and give to the poor and follow Paul told his to death what is earthly in evil and which is The power of heaven is against these things. Unless you get rid of them God will destroy you. Betty Button recently deserted disgusted by its and became a housekeeper at a Roman Catholic Rectory. One can understand this. Hollywood has no monopoly on it's everywhere. Who can escape A demonic power is in the something bestial in instigating the drug crimes of violence and of Mater Mother of of insanities and all the horrible monsters of the night. Many a man has reached the dead end of which D. H. Lawrence was so weary of the I was sick of No one is more appalled by the horror of the contemporary world than Lewis Mumford. No one is more sceptical of modern science than the eminent scholar Jacques Barzun. No one more frightfully describes the boredom and loneliness of the time than the novelist Franz Kafka. Not the but the writers and artists describe modern man's desperation and hopelessness. But Muggeridge vainly inveighs against the inanities of the television which distorts and debases life. It is one of the chief forces degrading Sunday. What Alfred Weber said of Europe in the i rise of the is now true of the was as if certain forces sprang out of the ground giants of hungry for power A supra-personal and so sudden darkening of the mind then set an occultation in which one felt the wing-beat of the daemonic The maggot of evil crawls through every tissue in man's nature and his diseased body and mind will not be healed by the therapies of crass materialism and slick social panaceas. There is nothing accidental about the fact that Charles Darwin completed the manuscript of the Origin of Species in the spring of 1859 and Karl Marx published the first part of the Critique of Political Economy in January of the same year. When Engels spoke at the grave of Marx he described him as the Darwin of sociology. as Darwin has discovered the law of organic so Marx has discovered the law of human development in The and materialism of natural selection applied also to civilization and nations. Nor was it accidental that Wagner writing at this time should conclude Die Meistersinger with the couplets fall to dust The Holy Roman And live for ever Our holy Germany Here find the matrix of Hitler and his devils. To return to the theme and thesis of this man and civilization are given at one time a choice between good and evil. That choice cannot be evaded. One has to act and action demands certain presumptions. Life cannot be postponed. Inevitably also come the consequences of that choice. hate and despise but they are afraid it may be said Pascal. True it is that on your choice depends your life or death. Fearful are the penalties for But as Moses the Lord your obeying his and cleaving to means life to SATURDAY TALK Norman Smith That fishy sea Siesta has always seemed a word of strolling for shells or browsing a or an essayist like E. B. White taking inventory of what he believes. Recently I saw a new variation. A stretch of 100 miles of the Florida West Coast has for several months now suffered a which kills fish in vast numbers. They wash up on the beaches and stink in the sun. I'll describe the in a but now about that beachcombing. Clearing the vaunted beaches of Florida was essential not just to save the sunshine state's reputation but as a health measure. Individual home- hotels and beach camps couldn't cope. So from the prisons the State sent help We sighted them far along the coming towards us in line abreast from wateredge to tide mark Their advance seemed halting until we realized why. Sixteen prisoners in striped work each with a shovel. Four armed one with two eager-looking on chains. The convicts dug holes two or three feet deep and spaded in the rotting remains. They seemed not unhappy at their unaccustomed place in the sun. But they moved in the guards spoke no simply pointing at a forgotten pigfish or other reeking carcass ranging from sardine size to 40-pounders. The guard with the dogs kept along the grass-edge in case a prisoner bolted inland. The shovellers didn't look at the nor at the nor at nor even at the places the bikinis didn't cover... Doubtless better to walk in the sun than sit in a but they must have had strong thoughts about being ordered by men with guns to bury dead fish so that the free and fat would not be discomfited by unpleasant odours. As they silently moved by no sneers or even smiles among themselves the vacationers too took pains not to except perhaps at the earnest dogs which had belonged for us only in old novels. We too found it no laughing matter and after moving discreetly aside as they came by we closed ranks again on the cleaner sand and said little to each other. The thought came that with less luck we might have had the they the suntan oil. I'm still wondering about the operation. It had to be but by A community might use its jailed population to fight flood or but was this so real and present a I'm not thinking of it as an offence to the free citizenry but wondering if it is part of a wise sentence that a convicted man must clear stinking fish where and while the public sports itself. Would this narrow the breach between lawbreakers and would it help to create a respect for Some Americans told me of a similar use of prisoners was not unusual and if I felt squeamish I shouldn't go to that's up to the but let's not fall into this practice in Canada. To work in the fields or to lessen a to harvest wasting crops or build roads all right. But that beachcombing seemed to me a tawdry weapon of the hurtful to its users as much as its victims. Now about that The Sarasota Herald Tribune mighty good newspaper if I may say reported the fish- choking tide resulted from an unexplained explosion in the sea's volume of gymnodium a tiny organism more vegetable than animal although it propels itself. Scientists are by the force which triggers the tide. There have been such outbreaks the worst m but they have become more frequent and this one is the longest to occur in the fish were killed in mid- March than during all the red tides previously this said the pollution control director. Another said there was little likelihood of predicting when it would end. It appears the warmer the water the greater the risk of so named because that vegetable animal has a reddish to it and destroys the red blood cells of the fish. It is possible a graver visitation would kill off many sea and land birds whose systems could become polluted. The G Brevis kills chiefly but commercial and sports fishermen are warned their licenses might be curtailed. The city of St Petersburg reported it alone had trucked away 1200 tons of dead fish in one our road-gang prisoners was the fourth such lot burying in our area 50 miles south. The effect on humans unless they eat shellfish that has become contaminated in stagnant is thus far not serious But most every person swimming in the surf or lying on the beach starts sneezing or coughing and some keeplt up much of the day or night. A kind of laryngitis. Health officials say the offensive particles in the air are large enough to be filtered out by air conditioners and advise persons with respiratory problems to remain indoors and turn on their machines. For most it was just a nuisance in the for some it was unpleasant. Lest someone think I'm just a clear-air Canadian exaggerating the plight of our southern cousins I tell you I have before me page one of the Sarasota Journal of March 12 whose story and map of areas goes right across the top of the page with the large banner From Red Tide Reaches Very serious and expensive research is going on. The United States Navy is looking over the various scientific programs conducted by universities and private organizations from California to Massachusetts. It is too old a phenomenon to blame on our modern pollution but learned men fear it could be worsened by them. find out if this natural event can be controlled we first have to know the progression of what controls them they they don't know.