F.O.B. DETROIT by Wessel Smitter


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Sell this not as another Of Mice and Men (which the publishers suggest) but as a human document, written in terms of one of our great industries, and interesting for its industrial background and its flotsam and jetsam of human elements. There is little of the stark simplicity and poignant undercurrent of emotion of the Steinbeck work. The implications are there -- but it is a story of man and the machine age, through the lives of three people, -- Benny, who loved the factory; Russ, who was his buddy, but whose heart was in the lumber camps and whose hope was one day to make a living as a clam digger Rita, whom Russ loved and married, though she was a taxi dancer and throve on the city air. The machines got him in the end -- and this is their story.

Pub Date: Nov. 2nd, 1938
Publisher: Harper