Books: No Grace from God

MEYER MEYER by Helen Hudson. 189 pages. Dutton. $4.50.

Far der velt muz men mer yoytse zayn vi far Got aleyn, says the Yiddish proverb. "The world is more exacting than God himself." It is a maxim that runs like a black thread through the fabric of American Jewish literature—from Henry Roth's Call It Sleep to Saul Bellow's Herzog. In Meyer Meyer, Author Helen Hudson follows the pattern by providing a translation of her own. In the secular cities of the earth, grace is granted not to those who reach up to God, but to those who reach out to man.

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