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And Our Critics Commend

February 23, 1986

The Holocaust, Martin Gilbert (Holt, Rinehart & Winston) "chronicles the history of the Holocaust from the aftermath of World War I to the end of World War II . . . provides the entire panorama in which Auschwitz was one detail and the Jews not the only victims" (Peter Hay).

Foxy Baby, Elizabeth Jolley (Viking) visits " 'Trinity College,' a semi-deserted half-boarding house, half-hotel, rented out for weeks or months at a time to various weird and pitiful organizations. . . . This is prose, thought and art of the highest elegance and quality" (Carolyn See).

Astronomy and the Imagination: A New Approach to Man's Experience of the Stars, Norman Davidson (Methuen/Routledge & Kegan Paul); The Soul of the Night: An Astronomical Pilgrimage, Chet Raymo (Prentice-Hall). Norman Davidson's "book hitches the Earth to the skies, using history and geometry as the traces. It is a book of logic, not poetry. . . . (Chet) Raymo's writing, by contrast . . . (flows) in response to the beauty he sees in the skies, in the results of research on these phenomena, and in the connections of these with facets of life around him" (Robert J. Chambers).

Queer, William S. Burroughs (Viking). Motivated and formed by the accidental shooting death of the author's wife, this novel tells the story of a seduction in Mexico in the 1940s. "A neglected work that has became legendary in its very absence . . . raw, probing, mercilessly unsentimental" (Malcolm Boyd).

Some American Men, Gloria Emerson (Simon & Schuster). "Explores in episodic, case-history fashion, the lives of a number of 'representative' subjects. . . . Ideal for bedside reading, intellectual bonbons, anecdotal and addictive in their sheer accretion of personal detail, the stories (Gloria) Emerson has collected and organized raise many questions worth mulling over but answer few" (Julia Cameron).

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