JERICHO SLEEP ALONE: BERL MAKE TEA by Chaim Bermant

JERICHO SLEEP ALONE: BERL MAKE TEA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Two short novels, many veddy Jewish Jokes as in the first book, Jericho goes from Bar Mitzvah to an unmarried end with no mazeltov in between. In the best section Jericho, having decided that the Kibbutz means collective activity in all areas, goes to a training farm where he succeeds in being seduced by ""nature's own harlot,"" hut is less successful as an agrarian-- allows one prize cow to become pregnant and tries to milk the bull. Then there are rounds with the family, bouts at the University, a session at Jerusalem but it's inevitably back to Glasgow and an empty bed. In the second novel, Berl might be an aging Jericho who, naturally, has lost his wife to the gardener and becomes involved in a series of equally emasculating Jobs-- guarding the chastity of a virgin cat, misadventures on a farm, charity box collecting etc. Some of the situations are funny although the humor (""It's his blood pressing"") is seldom broad enough to be of more than a limited appeal.

Pub Date: June 5th, 1966
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston