F. BOOK REVIEWS
F9. The Crazy Glasspecker
F9.1. Artful Dodge, This World [San Francisco Chronicle] 13, no. 31 (Dec. 4, 1949): 4MB, 11MB.
Those who liked his other two travel books will find this the best of the three. [Special Macys book section]
F9.2. Barome, Joseph. Library Journal 74, no. 16 (Sept. 15, 1949): 1316.
Humorous account of the ups and downs of every day living chiefly in Arequipa, Peru, where the author, his wife and daughter passed more than one year ... The author, who incidentally possesses a keen eye for the foibles of human beings, gives much information on the social customs of the people: Indians, Peruvians, Foreigners. A delightful book ...
F9.3. Beals, Carleton. Saturday Review of Literature 32, no. 52 (Dec. 24, 1949): 30.
By now it is clear that David Dodge is passionately determined to be flippant and funny all over Latin America. This time he dodges around Peru and Bolivia though mostly he stays put in the mountain paradise (with humorous drawbacks) of Arequipa ...
F9.4. Bulletin from Virginia Kirkus Bookshop Service 17 (Sept. 15, 1949): 534 [citation verification needed]
A fast and funny account which takes on a new territory with all the old bounce of its predecessors. Full review online | Additional review online
F9.5. Christian Science Monitor 42, no. 24 (Dec. 22, 1949): 11.
... with a bright, colloquial pen, Mr. Dodge ... manages to slip in a good bit of information on the bleak mountains, rich mines, and interesting people of the land which he says the natives call the Beggar Seated on a Bench of Gold. Irv Koons complements the text with some zany drawings.
F9.6. Its Not Useful—Its Funny, New York Herald Tribune Book Review 26, no. 16 (Dec. 4, 1949): 32.
We have some true reporting on plumbing, salesmen, revolutionists, archeological piles. It is all quite irreverent. The book will be of no earthly use to anyone save to make them laugh at themselves as they wander in unfamiliar lands.
F9.7. Jackson, Joseph Henry. Andean High Life, San Francisco Chronicle 169, no. 123 (Nov. 15, 1949): 22.
Now he brings out his third in this vein, and he is back in the same cock-eyed groove that made his first one such good entertainment. It is called The Crazy Glasspecker ... and a madder travel book—if thats what to call it—you never read in your life ... Dodge is a kind of crazy glasspecker himself, as youll see, and if theres maybe a touch of the same in you, then youll have a good time in his company.
F9.8. New Yorker 25, no. 45 (Dec. 31, 1949): 59-60.
... the most fortunately titled of Mr. Dodges three books on life in Central and South America ...
F9.9. Nims, John Frederick. Tramp Thru Andes, Amid Thick Corn, Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine of Books (Nov. 20, 1949): 6.
... Mr. Dodge was trying too hard to be a funnyman ... To follow Mr. Dodge thru the Andes is to tramp thru some pretty thick corn—Andean corn, he might call it. And yet one comes to find a certain charm in this brash and breezy travelog. Some of the people are engaging, especially the authors imperturbable 7 year old daughter, Kendal, and his wife, Elva, with her wifely tartness and easy going tolerance.
F9.10. Sojourn in Peru, New York Times Book Review 54, no. 45 (Nov. 6, 1949): 22.
A glasspecker, to clear that up right away, is Mr. Dodges term for a woodpecker who looks like Harpo Marx and pecks at windows instead of at trees or telephone poles.
F9.11. Woon, Basil. Laughs in Arequipa! Crazy Glasspecker Rivals M. Twain, San Francisco News 47, no. 236 (Dec. 3, 1949): 8.
If you run across a book called The Crazy Glasspecker buy it at once. It is probably true that Mark Twains Innocents Abroad is still secure as the funniest travel book ever written, but David Dodge is edging up—hes edging up.
F10. The Red Tassel
F10.1. Booklist [American Library Association] 47, no. 5 (Nov. 1, 1950): 98.
[Publication announcement only; no review]
F10.2. Bulletin from Virginia Kirkus Bookshop Service 18, no. 15 (Aug. 1, 1950): 439.
The usual bright, brash liveliness. Full review online
F10.3. Drake, Drexel. Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine of Books (Oct. 15, 1950): 11.
Sinister doings and creepy suspense in high-altitude Central [sic] American mining community.
F10.4. Lardner, Rex. Mountain Sickness, New York Times Book Review 55, no. 42 (Oct. 15, 1950): 40.
Mr. Dodge, the author of several travel books and Colby books, has got off a pretty fair mystery story with an unusual and interesting background.
F10.5. New York Herald Tribune Book Review 27, no. 10 (Oct. 22, 1950): 27.
An intelligent mystery which is informative as well as good fast reading.
F10.6. Morgan, Roger Pearce. Foreign Parts, Times Literary Supplement [London] 2,602 (Dec. 14, 1951): 801.
The Red Tassel is straightforward story-telling ... The story unfolds easily: Colby falls in love with his employer, justice is done and the loose strings are neatly tied. The writing is well suited to the plot: it is crisp and tough and full of American jargon. Mr. Dodge commands the readers attention and aptly fulfills his unpretentious purpose.
F10.7. Offord, Lenore Glen. This World [San Francisco Chronicle] 14, no. 26 (Oct. 29, 1950): 20.
These stories about Al Colby usually have new and remarkable backgrounds and surprise solutions; this is no exception, and is further enhanced by the lively Dodge style.
F10.8. Saturday Review of Literature 33, no. 40 (Oct. 7, 1950): 60.
Mystery fairly thin, but locale and character interesting and authentic, Colbys logical mental processes fun to follow ... Lively and literate.
F10.9. Sproul, Kathleen. Washington Post (Oct. 8, 1950): B4.
Mystery fairly thin, but locale and characters interesting and authentic. Colbys logical mental progress fun to follow. Lively and literate.
F10.10. Walbridge, Earle F. Library Journal 75, no. 14 (Aug. 1950): 1290.
One of the best and most exciting stories by a writer whose Spanish-American backgrounds are always entirely convincing.
F11. 20,000 Leagues Behind the 8-Ball
F11.1. Booklist [American Library Association] 47, no. 17 (May 1, 1951): 308.
The usual Dodge brand of travel talk mixed with zany and ribald humor.
F11.2. Books Out This Week, Washington Post (Apr. 1, 1951): B7.
An amusing travel book about journeys in South America and Europe.
F11.2. Bulletin from Virginia Kirkus Bookshop Service 19, no. 3 (Feb. 1, 1951): 94.
A brassy bounce to all of this. Full review online
F11.3. Evans, Ernestine. By an Amusing Family Man, New York Herald Tribune Book Review 27, no. 41 (May 27, 1951): 15.
Any strange place and any bargain hooks David Dodge ... an amusing family man who writes, knowing folks back home need to laugh to survive.
F11.4. Jackson, Joseph Henry. A 20th-Century Odysseus, San Francisco Chronicle (Apr. 11, 1951): 20.
Youll be surprised, if you have not read Dodges other travel books, to see how much genuine information and good advice youll absorb, even while youre being amused ... This ... is a lot of fun. Its also ... remarkably informative with the kind of between-the-lines informativeness that stays with the reader when hes had his last laugh and closed the book.
F11.5. Nichols, Lewis. A Pension is Cheaper, New York Times Book Review 56, no. 16 (Apr. 22, 1951): 27.
Other peoples trips usually are a little bit like other peoples operations—of more interest to that side than to this. Credit, however, as one of the occasional exceptions, the traveler known as David Dodge, who is at it again, this time in 20,000 Leagues Behind the 8 Ball, which is as handsome a title as you can find in any rack ... With a brisk style, Mr. Dodge is an amiable voyager, taking neither his trip nor himself too seriously, playing it for laughs. Usually these are against himself, as chief victim of his own contrivings which misfire back of the 8 ball.
F11.6. Olay, Lionel. Dodging Through Life, Saturday Review of Literature 34, no. 14 (Apr. 7 1951): 15, 36.
Mr. Dodges passion seems to be travel of the low-budget shoestring category, and his last three books could have been titled How My Wife Elva, My Little Daughter Kendal, and My Fat Maid Carmen Saw South and Central America on Slightly Next to Nothing. Since that is obviously an unsuitable title—for one thing it wouldnt leave space on the dust jacket for a humorous drawing—Mr. Dodge has dug not so deep into his trunk and found teasing titles for his books, such as How Green Was My Father and How Lost Was My Week End and The Crazy Glasspecker ... All in all, thought the Dodges, it was time to pull up stakes, destination Chile in a meandering roundabout way. What happened and how make up this saga, written in a good-natured, never offensive, mostly interesting way.
F11.7. Times Literary Supplement [London] 2,626 (May 30, 1952): 367.
A breezy, light-hearted account of nine months travel which took the author, his wife and their nine-year-old daughter from Arequipa in the south-western Peruvian desert to Juan-les-Pins ... Mr. Dodge, with a wary eye fixed on exchange rates and other financial complications of foreign travel, entertainingly conveys the vicissitudes of prolonged tourisme.
F11.8. Woon, Basil. David Dodge and Family Are on the Move Again, San Francisco News 49, no. 99 (June 27, 1951): 18.
An apology is owed by this column to Mr. David Dodge, a former San Franciscan, and to readers also, for the delay in reviewing Mr. Dodges latest work ... The fact is the book was lying on my desk and lady came by and said, Ooh, David Dodge, I adore him! and when she left the book was gone too and I only recently got it back.
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