AUGUSTA CAN DO ANYTHING by Kerstin Sundh

AUGUSTA CAN DO ANYTHING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From Sweden comes the swift moving but slight story of Professor Qluring, who moves into the sleepy little town of Oppelunda with his labor-saving inventions and soon turns all his inhabitants into discontented automatons. His mechanical brush frees the house painter from an activity he enjoys, various dyeing and sewing machines clothe all the women in identical dresses, and -- worst of all -- the automatic shaving machine gradually shapes the faces and features of all the barber's customers (essentially, the town's adult male population) to fit the same mold. The Professor's pride though is Augusta, a talking computer (the many misunderstandings rising from her human name soon wear thin) who almost eliminates the need for schools by going into both the homework and testing business at once. There's no arguing with Sundh's message, but as presented here it's about as individual as the faces of the barber machine's victims. And the ending -- when Augusta grows semi-human and runs off in pursuit of a saxaphonist -- simply ""disappears"" the problem without solving it.

Pub Date: Jan. 4th, 1974
Page count: 108pp
Publisher: Putnam