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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 9, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta _ Saturday, Stptemb.r 9, 1972 THE LETHMIOG1 HRAID _ Book reviews Brief comments on a variety of books to link Jane with Captain John Wordsworth, (brother at poet William) her conclusions are just conjecture. She uses Uie love story in Jane's book Per- suasion as a basis for her premise, assuming that Jana built the book around her own rpWELVE OW Testament sto- oxpcrience. nes are retold in this book. "Stories from the Bltle" re- told by Alvln TreBselt with lithographs by Lynd Ward {Coward, McCann and Get- ghcgan, S7.25, 61 pages, distri- hulcd by Longman Canada The retelling Is done In very traditional Rebekah, for instance, Is described as "very fair" whieh is apt to lead a modern reader to think she was an honest girl instead of a beau- tiful one. Too close adherence to the King James Version o( the Bible lias prevented tho writer from correciing Ihe mis- takes about Joseph's coat being many colored a not unusual garment. The writer doesn't fol- low any versloi. of the his selection of one st the Noah story; he follows the usual Bible story book proce- dure of presenting the two-by- two account and ignoring the seven and two of Genesis For-those who do not wish to be disturbed either by style or de- tail in the way they know the Bible this book should satisfy. The drawings are very tradi- tional, too. DOUG WALKER "T h e Do-It-Yoursell En- vironmental Handbook" pre- pared by The Daylon Mu- seum of Nalural History, re- searched and edited by E. J. Koeslner, Joseph J. Mclliigh and Ralf Ktrchcr (Little, Brown and Company Lim- ited. 76 IF one followed the hand- book to a tec about pollu- tion, ona would be termed a fanatic or weirdo by almost ev- eryone. However, many of the suggestions are commbnsensi- cal, sucli as don't idle your car engine unnecessarily because it costs money and adds to pollu- nclng reading but slill inconclusive. The man re- mains a mystery still at this point, and may always be so. And frankly does it matter very much? MARGARET LUCKHUHST "Japanese Sense of Beauty" by Scirokii Noma and 'enkl- phl Kokuho (Longman Can- ada Limited, 143 pages, "A b r I a Incorporation Guide: How to Form Ycnr Own Company" liy H. D. B. Sullivan 1'ress, S9.S5, 100 "Alberta Divorce Guide! How to do Y o u r Own Divorce" by G. Anschell (Self-Counsel Press, "Small Claims Procedure for Alberta" by James 11, Ilodney (Self Counsel Press, S2.95, 80 JUSTICE MINISTER OTTO Lang recently pointed out that it is unnecessary for the government to put out self-help legal books because the need is being met by private publishing concerns, The books listed atave are a sample of a se- ries of guides on how to get Tilth Instructions on how to fill them. It is not very likely that such books as these will Ihrcat- en tho livelihood of lawyers but they could cut down on the gravy. The books should prove to be a boon to many people of modest means who le- gal help. DOUG WALKER "Another Kind of Magic" by Mollie Harris (Chalto and Wlndus, 209 pages, dis- tributed by Clarke, Irwin and Co. is a book of stories about people in the charm- ing English Cotswold country- Bide. It's written in the vern- acular which I found difficult to understand, hut the flavor of the book is quaint and. restful, Bible in a wnich to along without the high-priced especially in these heclic days i rand of J- cur] up on a rainy evening, help of lawyers. They are all when it's nice to think of pleas- jo "e this one will surely fill that need. It is not one that can be rushed through hurriedly but each page must be looked at leisurely and enjoyed, quite like the Japanese themselves silent- ly watching a moon rise. The pages are filled with beautiful photographs of forms of Japanese art though not ne- cessarily that of the great. In it are found fine works of humble people, "who never worked to satisfy their own ambition but were always faithful to their artislic conscience." A short de- scription accompanies each photograph. Each black and white picture Is enlarged and skillfully re- produced in color to enable the reader to examine closely some of the fine details. For lovers of boauty this Is one book that one can look at again and again. ELSIE MORRIS written by lawyers and they in- clude reproductions of forms ant and calmer times. MARGARET LUCKHUHST "Jade" by Noriyukl fcawa (Longman Caoidi Lim- ited {3.25, 61 TpOn the layman thinking of buying jade this well illus- trated book attempts to offer a complete guide to appreciating, judging, and buying a jade. The author gives an interesting his- tory of tho medicinal, musical, and commerical uses of jade. Perhaps the most valuable part of Uiis little book is the hints on how to discriminate between jade and the cheaper natural stones sometimes offer- ed and priced as jade. How- ever, Ihe author admits that judging the genuine article is really a matter for the experts and so, even though this book gives some expert advice, the buyer of jade is warn- very careful before he parts with his money. TERRY MORRIS Nature's geodetic dome "Newman's English" edi- by Harold Evani (Wil- lUm Helneraann Ltd., tlLSO, 224 lion. The few good points do A-rj, writers journalists or outweigh Iho rest of the non- RIG SWIHART "Trail Blazer of the Cana- dian Rockies" by Thomas E. Wilson (Glcnbow-Albcrta In- slitulc, 54 rP H 0 S E who havo read Pierre Berton's account of the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway will perhaps remember that Thomas E. Wil- sin was associated with Major A. B. Rogers in determining the route through Ihe moun- tains. This aecmrt of Ihe ev- ents of the early 1880s was given in 1929 and may suffer the distortion that creeps into memoirs written long after the times they report upon. Yet it is an interesting story and the pic- ture given of Major Rogers is much .like that formed by Pi- erre Berton after his extensive research. This edition has been edited by Hugh A. Dempsey who has supplied an abundance of foot- notes Identifying persons men- tioned and drawing attention to discrepancies. There are also four pages of photographs. DOUG WALKER "Dear Jane" by, Constance Pilgrim (Clarke Irwin, S7, 192 nnilE author here tries to re- Jane Austen's love life whieh has always been a mystery. It has been suspect- ed that Jane did have a deep affection for some young man but his Identity died with her and her family never came right out and said who it was. In spite of the author's attempt could profit by a study of tills book by the ed- itor of The Sunday Times, Lon- don. It U specifically directed to copy editors but all com- municators will find the advice on how to achieve clear, con- cise writing helpful. Lists of fre- quently misused words, redun- dancies and stale expressions are provided that could be checked advantageously .at in- tervals. The book is written en- tertainingly wlu'ch helps to take some of the "sting away from recognition of one's own Inade- quacies. DOUG WALKER "Home Made: An alterna- tive to Supermarket living" by Dandra Oddo (Atheneum S1S.95, 512 pages) is a cook hook with a difference. It's the type my mother might have used if she'd needed one, but she was a cook of the pitch and toss genre. With no thermometer on her wood stove she tested the heat of her oven by ramming her arm in for a second or two. The author Invites cooks to make use of what they hava either in their gardens, grow- ing wild, or by simply making do. She instructs on basics such as how to make a good yeast culture, and the various pro- cesses for pickling, and jelly -.Tyr-Hs to Uve uy is as fas- inrf tn by Elwood Ferguson Controversial views on religion "Myths In Live By" by Jo- seph (Macmil- lan Company of Canada Lim- ited, and wine making. The recipes for the most part were familiar to cooks at the turn of the century and have more to them than to- day's add water and stir, box- ed and canned stuff. My moth- er would have approved of the author's coaching along better nutritional lines. MARGARET LUCKHURST Rodeo details unreal "Goldenrod" by II c r h e r t llarlter (Randan House, 186 rpHE t end today seems to be lo have a story or a movie knitted around the ex- citing and rugged world of ro- deo e.g. J. W. Coop and Ju- nior Bonner. Harker uses rodeo as (ho binding force in this, his first novel. U has Ihe binding force of melted butter. The story's hero, Jesse Grif- fith, has nothing but problems broken pelvis, a wife who has left him, two children, nnd a bumbling ineptness at al- most everything ho tries. The first thing about the book that shakes me is the lack of a time orientation. I like to read a story and identify with it, hut it's hard to to a date. The first real date is on pago ]37 and pretains to a land title issued at an earlier lime. The book mentions mega- phones and the great bucking horse Midnight and this would lead the reader to believe the story is centred in the late 1920s. If this isn't the selling of l'ie story then many of the ro-