ARSENIC AND RED TAPE by Edmund G. Love

ARSENIC AND RED TAPE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Additions to the gallery presented in Subways Are for Sleeping and War Is a Private Affair are here taken from life in the bureaucratic circles and are the means of creating greater bewilderment for those they deal with through their ""quadruplicate heart and automatic soul"". There's the man who lives by government pamphlets; the apocryphal Webster Pattinson; the WAC who held up men in transit to the Pacific; the supermarket maniac; the civil servant who wangled every chance to create a museum; the upward climb via forms and agencies of a man who knew nothing of the areas in which he was employed; the automobile company whose rules were too much for the author to take. There are more and all are completely in the thrall of a system of which they make use or which they adjust to their own purposes. The humor here -- and the sketches are often extremely funny -- has another side when the inflexibility of ""over-officialism"" is so devastatingly pictured. There should be a ""male call"" for this.

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace