VANDENBERG by Oliver Lange


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If your taste runs to prime ribs, you'll enjoy this overtly masculine trajectory through the woods of New Mexico at a time when Russia has thoroughly taken over the U.S. Vandenberg is an artist, a survivor of two marriages and the father of a grown retardate for whom he cares devotedly. He is also apolitical until he's arrested on some vague seditious assumption and taken to Cowles, one of those think camps where everyone is to be ""rehabilitated"" into total acceptance and conformity. But Vandenberg is uncooperative (""sociopathic""), breaks out, shoots a man and runs like a rabbit to survive in the mountains, find Kevin and act as head of a small group which will blow up Cowles. . . . The novel has all the energy of its components and Lange is in firm command of both the reader and the story which moves with straightforward-going excitement.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1971
Publisher: Stein & Day