THE LEGACY by Ronald Lawrence Bern


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A billboard preachment about Jewishness and anti-Semitism in a small South Carolina town where David Harris, favored grandson of the family patriarch (who is only a shade less tough than Moses), fights his lonely battles as a boy. David's grammar school peers and their parents, once bitten by the newspaper tirades of a rabid bigot, throw rocks, call names and boycott the Jewish-owned businesses. But during WW II the anti. Semitism subsides into latency and David, as he heads for college, has other identity problems brought on by his love for gentile Marcie. Finally having experienced the best and worst of both Jewish and assimilated living, David takes a hard look at all those, like Marcie and his family, whose love was also manipulative and opts for a liberated individualism. The characters merely illustrate the sermonizing and rarely breathe on their own, which is probably just as well (""he was gnawing at her through her shorts, raking his lower teeth between her legs""). Not worth the schlep.

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1975
Publisher: Mason/Charter