JOHN GOLDFARB, PLEASE COME HOME! by William Peter latty

JOHN GOLDFARB, PLEASE COME HOME!

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is an extended bit of wildness which begins as U-2 pilot John Gold-arb flies in the wrong direction and fails -- not so safe -- in Fawzi, Arabia. The razy old potentate who rules Fawzi involves Wrong Way Goldfarb in a scheme to match the football team of Fawzi, U. against Notre Dame's Fighting Irish. With the help of the CIA and a hitherto frigid American newspaperwoman (she's gotten herself smuggled into a local harem to observe the customs of the country, firsthand), it is all arranged. There's one remaining problem, of course. How to reconcile Moslems to pigskin... Into all this, Blatty fits various recondite routines. There's Bob Newhart-like sketch in which Lady Macbeth calls the Queen up: ""Listen, uneasy lies the head and all that"", a couple of crypto-humorous paraphrasings of T.S. Eliot, and some lines that will best be appreciated on campus: e.g. ""Stars fell on Alabama, a mandrake root was got with child"". Fair to middlin' edlam.

Pub Date: July 5th, 1963
Publisher: Doubleday