A documentary of life in Brooklyn which tries for the appeal of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and although it misses, it still...

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SPIT AND THE STARS

A documentary of life in Brooklyn which tries for the appeal of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and although it misses, it still provides a phonographically and emotionally detailed picture of Gregg Haber's development. Against the background of Williamsburg tenements and their tough, loyal tenants, Gregg acquires the ambition to learn everything, to make his way up, if not out of, the mire of poverty. Working his way to a job in a wholesale dry goods store in New York, he learns of the Union, and is educated into the benefits of CIO, then in its early days. At first suspicious, later realizing the importance of united workers, he is completely dedicated when, helping fellow strikers, he sees his beloved Dynamite brutally mauled by strike-breakers, his sympathetic mentor killed. Not for the squeamish nor the light-minded, this comes closer to Farrell's case histories in magnifying every detail of life among the have-nots, in closely following Gregg and his contacts with the world around him. For those interested in social themes, in Union influence.

Pub Date: March 3, 1948

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Rinehart

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1948