The Old Bunch Author:Meyer Levin From Kirkus Reviews: Another adherent of the Farrell school, and one that, in our opinion, has many of the qualities that distinguished the young Farrell -- a certain undeniable power, a faculty for interpretation and reflection of a limited side of society, an excellent "ear" for the lingo of his people, a photographic -- too much so -- accurac... more »y of detail.
He needs to learn the value of elimination. He needs to grow up beyond the fascination of dirty words and concentration on physical aspects of life. But he can write. Here is a story of a group of young Jews against a background of Chicago streets. Realistic? Sur-realist, I should say. Filled with the unbalanced strivings of a group of young people to live abnormal lives and of others to construct normal lives. An overcrowded canvas, with high spots of interest.« less