By Sanford Friedman
Totempole is Sanford Friedman’s radical coming-of-age novel, that includes Stephen Wolfe, a tender Jewish boy turning out to be up in ny urban and its environs through the melancholy and conflict years. In 8 discrete chapters, which hint Stephen’s evolution from a two-year-old boy to a twenty-four-year-old guy, Friedman describes with mental acuity and nice empathy Stephen’s highbrow, ethical, and sexual maturation. Taught to abhor his physique for the sake of his soul, Stephen reveals salvation within the eventual unification of the 2, the popularity that physique and soul shouldn't be partitioned yet handled as one being, one entire guy.
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Not just may perhaps you include the sand and consume the sand and drool your saliva into it, and punch and pat it, and roll and run and switch somersaults on it, and flop and leap and stand in your head on it, and permit it trickle via your arms, and dribble it among your daddy’s feet, and throw it into your brother’s eyes and decide it from your abdominal button; but in addition, down through the water’s aspect, while the tide used to be low, you'll dig pits and swimming pools and caves and caverns within the sand; you may construct bridges, moats, canals, towers, temples, castles, kingdoms within the sand. in truth, Stephen Wolfe had fairly a name for his sand creations at the beach public seashore. Grownups and kids alike widespread his endurance and mind's eye, and stood enthralled whereas Stephen patty-caked pies and cones and domes within the sand, enable the sand drip from his arms like paraffin, growing pagodas and minarets, mounded and molded the sand into Pueblo huts and Moroccan hovels, gathered nice piles of sand and made them into ziggurats, sliced via others with a stave from an orange-crate and produced Assyrian palaces, Egyptian pyramids, and Rockefeller middle, remodeled the stave into London Bridge, scooped out tremendous reservoirs and stuffed them with water piped from the ocean, engineered a approach of canals and waterways via a urban the scale of Bruges, and spent complete days reconstructing Babylon, Jerusalem, and Carcassonne. And but, regardless of how arduously he worked, how deep he dug his moats, how excessive he flung his bulwarks, how a lot he strengthened his partitions, sooner or later within the evening the ocean got here in and stole his castles from him. at the start Stephen had inspiration Daddy used to be the offender, after which he determined that it used to be Roggie who sneaked right down to the seashore and trampled his creations, until eventually sooner or later Clarry made it transparent to him. “There’s a struggle goin’ on among them two—between the sea and the land. Has been because the beginnin’ of production. That outdated ocean’s at the warpath ’cause it come first and the land come after. It jealous now ’cause the land is loads higher. Jealous ’cause the land has received itself collected—sittin’ cool and pretty—while’s the sea, it usually at the pass, stressed and rampagin’. type of just like the distinction among a guy and girl. certain, sir,” Clarry chuckled, “that what it take me back to the fact of: the ordinary, born-in distinction among a guy and girl. Why that previous ocean’s like a starvin’ animal, lappin’ on the land. Ain’t nothin’ gonna fulfill it until it’s licked us all method. ” Stephen agreed. the difficulty with the ocean—its in basic terms drawback—was that it desired to gobble up every thing in sight. yet nonetheless, it gave issues again. It gave again all these treasures that he have been accumulating now for 3 successive summers—his nice marine assortment that used to be resting correct this minute secure and sound at domestic at the radiator field in entrance of his bed room window. . . . “Stevie, kitten,” Mommy referred to as. speedy, now not in resolution to his mother’s name yet so one can get away it, Stephen submerged, swam below water and got here up at the different aspect of the pool.