THE MOVEMENT by Norman Garbo


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Relentlessly loud and clear in P.A. prose, this is the story of ""a non chemical turn-on,"" the Movement, as it takes over the midwestern campus of Chadwick University in 1971. But except for its high priestess, a former psychic, Renata, who before long is sitting in the president's office, it has already happened in most of its manifestations. Mr. Garbo who collaborated with Howard Goodkind in another kind of Confrontation (1966), has again converted headlines into a novel of sorts but then its length, 400 pages, defuses a good deal of its fictional potential. Well, the Movement stages its ""gut-level revolution""; younger believers Joshua (black) and Karen (white and crippled) underestimate its backlash (two youngsters are killed not by the police as alleged but by one Roy Stone's Afro militants; Karen is raped and killed); the president is ostensibly ousted; and ""glow power"" while resulting in endless violence still spreads its message of brotherly love ... Best read if at all as a Siege on campus or Pentecost and Protest in the Student Union.

Pub Date: Aug. 29th, 1969
Publisher: Morrow