O SHEPHERD, SPEAK!

This the tenth- and the author expresses his hope, the last —of the Lanny Budd series, brings the adventures of the presidential agent through the war crimes trials, the conflict- diplomatically speaking- with the Soviet, and finds him at the end in a position of trust with the new administration, sent to Moscow as Trumen's personal representative. The first half of the book is, as in previous volumes, set against a background of reality, with Lanny serving in a very special relation with Monuments, — sent into all parts of Europe as the occupation troops take over, to interrogate Germans who might help locate art treasures, accompanying some of the important survey expeditions, using his previous contacts as a bona fide art expert and advisor to the German leaders to worm facts from these very leaders as prisoners. He was caught in Bastogne; did signal service there and in Nancy and Luxembourg, in Munich and Nuremberg. From Europe to America and back- now at the summons of Roosevelt, now of the army. His intimate relations are, presumably, established by use of such nicknames as "Georgie" (Patton), a habit rather irritating to this reader! Lanny Budd addicts will welcome tying up loose threads as lost personalities are found- old friends reintroduced, — Monck, Hansi and Bess, Freddi Robin, Marceline, Rick (now a baronet, but still set on world betterment) and Nina his wife. Emily Chatterton has died, willing a million to Lanny in trust for world peace. And the development of this idea, with various ramifications (radio, syndicate, newspaper, authors' agency, etc.) provides the fictional last half of the story. There are bits here and there linked closely to history. Lanny is present at Los Alamos, for the important text. But in the main, his story shifts from men of action to men of ideas, so this is considerably less melodramatic in the personal sense than its predecessors. Will that decrease its market? I doubt it, for the Lanny Budd fan will go through with him to the end.

Pub Date: July 22, 1949

ISBN: 1931313105

Page Count: 330

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: April 11, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1949

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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

A first novel, this is also a first person account of Scout's (Jean Louise) recall of the years that led to the ending of a mystery, the breaking of her brother Jem's elbow, the death of her father's enemy — and the close of childhood years. A widower, Atticus raises his children with legal dispassion and paternal intelligence, and is ably abetted by Calpurnia, the colored cook, while the Alabama town of Maycomb, in the 1930's, remains aloof to their divergence from its tribal patterns. Scout and Jem, with their summer-time companion, Dill, find their paths free from interference — but not from dangers; their curiosity about the imprisoned Boo, whose miserable past is incorporated in their play, results in a tentative friendliness; their fears of Atticus' lack of distinction is dissipated when he shoots a mad dog; his defense of a Negro accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell, is followed with avid interest and turns the rabble whites against him. Scout is the means of averting an attack on Atticus but when he loses the case it is Boo who saves Jem and Scout by killing Mayella's father when he attempts to murder them. The shadows of a beginning for black-white understanding, the persistent fight that Scout carries on against school, Jem's emergence into adulthood, Calpurnia's quiet power, and all the incidents touching on the children's "growing outward" have an attractive starchiness that keeps this southern picture pert and provocative. There is much advance interest in this book; it has been selected by the Literary Guild and Reader's Digest; it should win many friends.

Pub Date: July 11, 1960

ISBN: 0060935464

Page Count: 323

Publisher: Lippincott

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1960

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ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH

While a few weeks ago it seemed as if Praeger would have a two month lead over Dutton in their presentation of this Soviet best seller, both the "authorized" edition (Dutton's) and the "unauthorized" (Praeger's) will appear almost simultaneously. There has been considerable advance attention on what appears to be as much of a publishing cause celebre here as the original appearance of the book in Russia. Without entering into the scrimmage, or dismissing it as a plague on both your houses, we will limit ourselves to a few facts. Royalties from the "unauthorized" edition will go to the International Rescue Committee; Dutton with their contracted edition is adhering to copyright conventions. The Praeger edition has two translators and one of them is the translator of Doctor Zhivago Dutton's translator, Ralph Parker, has been stigmatized by Praeger as "an apologist for the Soviet regime". To the untutored eye, the Dutton translation seems a little more literary, the Praeger perhaps closer to the rather primitive style of the original. The book itself is an account of one day in the three thousand six hundred and fifty three days of the sentence to be served by a carpenter, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov. (Solzhenitsyn was a political prisoner.) From the unrelenting cold without, to the conditions within, from the bathhouse to the latrine to the cells where survival for more than two weeks is impossible, this records the hopeless facts of existence as faced by thousands who went on "living like this, with your eyes on the ground". The Dutton edition has an excellent introduction providing an orientation on the political background to its appearance in Russia by Marvin Kalb. All involved in its publication (translators, introducers, etc.) claim for it great "artistic" values which we cannot share, although there is no question of its importance as a political and human document and as significant and tangible evidence of the de-Stalinization program.

Pub Date: June 15, 1963

ISBN: 0451228146

Page Count: 181

Publisher: Praeger

Review Posted Online: Oct. 5, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1963

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