Richard has obviously taken some pains to give an authentic account of the work at the Israeli archaeological site where...

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Richard has obviously taken some pains to give an authentic account of the work at the Israeli archaeological site where Benjy is suffering through a vacation with his cold, stiff-necked father -- and to be sympathetic yet nonpartisan in conveying the outlook of the Arab family when Benjy visits as a result of his friendship with the hired laborer Fawzi. However, it's a little hard to believe that an intelligent fifteen year-old would unsuspectingly allow himself to be duped into smuggling detonating equipment into the kibbutz for a young guerrilla fighter known to be planning sabotage. The action is too slack to hold together all those carefully delineated backgrounds; Benjy's exchanges of confidences with the philosophical exiled priest Father Pierre and his non-conversations with his own aloof father are compensating factors, but this is far from meeting the standards of Pistol (1969).

Pub Date: March 22, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Little, Brown--A.M.P.

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1973