THE WAR OF CAMP OMONGO by Burt echman

THE WAR OF CAMP OMONGO

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KIRKUS REVIEW

How Much (Obolensky-1961) was an experimental first novel; this is a down-right realistic account of a Brooklyn boy's summer at Camp Omongo in the Catskills. mongo, his parents believe, is a ""high class Jewish camp"" and Randy is a scholarship winner. But Randy is not so lucky as his parents seem to think. Omongo's Great White Father believes that ""life is war, a bloody murderous war... That's why I Like it"" and the good clean sport involves some dirty byplay in the bunkhouse where Randy, the poor boy in a wealthy garment center peer group, is baited and bullied. Blechman's dossier of all this disorderly conduct may have certain cautionary values and a verbatim accuracy, authenticating as it does both adolescent and adult preoccupations with sex and brutality. Still Omongo is not a very comfortable place to be, for Randy or the reader.

Pub Date: Aug. 27th, 1963
Publisher: Random House