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Up the Down Stair Case

reviewed by Robert Bone 1965

coverTitle: Up the Down Stair Case
Author(s): Bel Kaufman
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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These ten stories will establish Mr. Faust as a serious contender on the New York literary scene. His inventive powers are extraordinary, and his stories have the adhesive properties of all distinguished fiction. The language is colloquial New York: a pungent mixture of ghetto cadences with accent on the Yiddish. The surface humor is deceptive, for in the manner of dark comedy these stories confront the starkest horrors of contemporary life. Mr. Faust's fictive world lies along the Hudson from the West Seventies to 133rd and Amsterdam with side trips to the Cloisters and Baker Field, Flatbush and Coney Island, Vermont and the Poconos. Chronologically, it extends from boyhood memories of the 'thirties to manhood and maturity in the 'fifties and 'sixties. Without a doubt, the shaping experience of Mr. Faust's inner life was the rise of Hitler, and perhaps most of his stories are concerned, in subtle and devious ways,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 8, 1965, p. 777-777
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2544, Date Accessed: 8/22/2018 1:59:56 AM

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