Books: Soul: Straight Up, No Ice

SOUTH TO A VERY OLD PLACE

by ALBERT MURRAY

230 pages. McGraw-Hill. $7.95.

Albert Lee Murray, a compact, youthful, 55-year-old brown-skinned man, is seated in an Atlanta restaurant, helping a white, country-fresh waitress spell Heineken. Operating on what he calls his "literary radar," not his desegregation fact finder, Murray senses that any embarrassment the girl feels is offset by her relief and gratitude. "What she is really worried about," says Murray, "is some stern-eyed maitre d' and some evil-assed cat back in the kitchen!" It is a pleasure to hear the voice of experience. As an Air Force major, Murray administered a $37...

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