THE GOOD THIEF by Jim Dilles


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This is a tragic story of failure of communication:- for Greek parents, living in California, who cannot communicate with each other in the face of the disparities in American living; for American-born children, to whom their foreign parents are enigmas; for labor leaders who attach American significance to events that bear small relationship to the facts as they see them; for little people still living with the codes of their Greek forebears, unwittingly at odds with The Law, as interpreted in California. A melange of simple standards gone awry! In Greece a man works, supports his family; idleness is not respected while the children are young. Then comes a strike; the paycheck stops; the husband is underfoot all day -- and tempers are sparked. Costa was helpless before a succession of events which carry their burden of pathos and humor; he became a symbol of something he did not understand. All he did understand was that to be a thief was to be dishonored -- and this lesson his sons must learn. And Thespina, his wife, understood this if she understood nothing else. So perhaps -- with disaster behind them, and the paycheck coming in once more, life might resume its accustomed pattern. An unusual story- and one that throws a searching light on an American problem,- the melting pot and the dislocations of values that are involved.

Pub Date: Jan. 11th, 1959
Publisher: Crowell