KLONDIKE ARTHUR by Alan Coren

KLONDIKE ARTHUR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Coren's superkid Arthur turns up in the Klondike, filling in at the Rotten Old Saloon while entertainer Memory Nobbs is between pianos. (The old one was smashed by meanie Grizzly Wilkinson who doesn't like music.) Arthur, reciting his own poetry, ia an instant hit with the rough miners and a calming influence as well, but then Grizzly strikes gold, buys the saloon, and--well, he doesn't like poetry either. Still it's Arthur, now the dishwasher, who insists on risking his life to rescue Grizzly from a mine cave-in--which so moves the old grouch that he turns kindly. It was fun in Arthur the Kid to see the bad guys turn good, but here Arthur verges on the goody-goody. Nevertheless this episode reads as briskly as previous ones, and any semblance of a plug for poetry is quite redeemed by the awfulness of Arthur's verse.

Pub Date: March 22nd, 1979
Publisher: Little, Brown