F. BOOK REVIEWS
F12. To Catch a Thief
F12.1. Booklist [American Library Association] 48, no. 14 (Mar. 15, 1952): 230.
[Publication announcement only; no review]
F12.2. Boucher, Anthony. New York Times Book Review 57, no. 4 (Jan. 27, 1952): 26.
... developed with high ingenuity in plotting and suspense and with the clean strong prose that is one of Dodges standard virtues ... Its rumored that the novel has been bought before publication for a film by Alfred Hitchcock; if it hasnt been, it should be.
F12.3. Bulletin from Virginia Kirkus Bookshop Service 19, no. 21 (Nov. 1, 1951): 650.
Some agile, artful Dodgeing, and a softened approach which is becoming. Full review online
F12.4. Cuff, Sergeant. Saturday Review of Literature 35, no. 12 (Mar. 22 1952): 45.
Nice guide to Cote dAzur resorts; characters properly miscellaneous; no murders (but one incidental corpse).
F12.5. Drake, Drexel. Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine of Books (Feb. 17, 1952): 18.
Sparkling yarn of a reformed jewel thiefs search for an imitator of his technique, in order to free himself of suspicion by French police ... Cleverly original, sprightly characterization, swift and deft movement, and surprise climax.
F12.6. Offord, Lenore Glen. This World [San Francisco Chronicle] 15, no. 40 (Feb. 3, 1952): 31.
... some neat twists and complications and a good surprise make this a rousing yarn—with not one trace of the Dodge comedy, but plenty of his story-telling skill.
F12.7. Sandoe, James. New York Herald Tribune Book Review 28, no. 24 (Jan. 27, 1952): 19.
Readers beginning this volume will kindly park their ethical standards with the attractive check girl on the left ... Its all tarradiddle and managed just plausibly enough to rate credit, a condition enhanced by its skillful concoction.
F12.8. Symons, Julian Gustave. Outlaws from Society, Times Literary Supplement [London] 2,671 (Apr. 10, 1953): 233.
To Catch a Thief is a facetious little affair set in the South of France about the exploits of a retired cat burglar named John Robie ... There is a faint flavour of Raffles about the whimsical criminality of Robie; but the gentleman cracksmans exploits have a saccharine flavour in a world more closely concerned with the gentleman thug whose activities are recorded in the tales of Mr. Mickey Spillane.
F12.9. Two and a Half Book Lovers, April 26, 2010. http://twoandahalfbooklovers.blogspot.com/2010/04/memory-monday-to-catch-thief-by-david.html [book and film]
I must admit I liked the movie better, but this is well written in a very 50s style if you know what I mean. I wouldnt hesitate to pick it up at a thrift store (especially because its not in print anymore of course). Graded a B+.
F12.10. Vineyard, David L. Mystery*File, May 24, 2010. http://mysteryfile.com/blog/?p=2062 [book and film]
A friend of mine who was a mining engineer in Western Australia and other places that were the back of the beyond said whenever he could he traveled with a Dodge book in his few belongings. Thats about as good a tribute as any thriller writer can ask for, and one Dodge fully deserves.
F12.11. Washington Post (Feb. 10, 1952): B6.
F13. The Poor Mans Guide to Europe
F13.1. Ames, Alfred C. Seeing Europe at Less Cost, Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine of Books (Apr. 12, 1953): 5.
David Dodge has handled excellently a difficult assignment: to convey information so agreeably that it is a pleasure to read his book whether or not one cares to have the information supplied. The primary audience, of course, consists of those planning a trip to Europe. But the publishers are accurate when they say the book is fun to read even if one never gets a passport.
F13.2. Blake, Peter. New York Times Book Review 58 (Apr. 12, 1953): 7.
Such a priceless man is an apparently expatriate young American, David Dodge, and his The Poor Mans Guide to Europe ... goes this reviewers top nomination for this or any other recent year. This book is indispensable reading for anyone planning to go to Europe and hoping to return solvent. Mr. Dodge know the ropes—(and we will guarantee, after spending two recent months in several parts of Europe, that the ropes Mr. Dodge may have missed are not worth knowing).
F13.3. Booklist [American Library Association] 49, no. 17 (May 1, 1953): 282.
A handbook rather than a guidebook, containing the general principles which date less quickly than current information.
F13.4. Bulletin from Virginia Kirkus Bookshop Service 21, no. 5 (Mar. 1, 1953): 172.
This report ... is designated as a tip-sheet for travelers, by an inveterate itinerant and conscientious nickel-nurser ... and Dodge is a highly entertaining escort. Full review online
F13.5. Conger, Beach. New York Herald Tribune Book Review 29, no. 37 (Apr. 26, 1953): 16.
... an entertaining book which shows you how to cut corners if youre traveling on a budget ... Even nontravelers will find it highly amusing.
F13.6. Couillard, Priscilla. Antioch Review 18, no. 4 (Winter 1958): 523-524.
... gay and light, personalized, and fun to read. [Review of 1958 ed.]
F13.7. Guidebooks Plentiful for 1958 Travel, Washington Post and Times Herald (Aug. 3, 1958): C9.
1958 edition of The Poor Mans Guide to Europe included in a list of recommended guidebooks.
F13.8. Harrison, W.K. Library Journal 80, no. 7 (Apr. 1, 1955): 806.
The new edition of Dodges guide, like its predecessors, is written for those who are slow to unleash a dime unless they get 12 cents for it, and it is not hard to believe that the author has learned most of the angles ... Both books are quite engaging. [n.b.: combined review of 1955 ed. and Time Out for Turkey].
F13.9. Hopkins, Orval. Bits and Pieces About Travel, Washington Post (Feb. 14, 1954): R10.
I have read Dodges book here and there and I think its wonderful. The facts are reliable, the counsel is helpful, and I laughed out loud at some of the jokes. The publisher is Random House. Irv Koons did some really exceptional illustrations. It costs only $2.95.
F13.10. Jackson, Joseph Henry. A Nickel-Nurser in Europe, San Francisco Chronicle (Apr. 13, 1953): 23.
It is written with the light touch; Dodge remains basically Dodge; you neednt worry about his going too solemn on you. but this time he has a theme to expound and he sticks to it. His theme: How to go farther, live better, and have more fun for less money in Europe.
F13.11. Library Journal 78, no. 11 (June 1, 1953): 998.
Dodges book is the most comprehensive and intriguing for the conscientious nickel-nurser on the market ...
F13.12. Literary Land, Washington Post and Times Herald (Mar. 31, 1957): E6.
1957 edition of The Poor Mans Guide to Europe included in a list of recommended guidebooks in an article about travel in Italy.
F13.13. Meyer, Frank. American Mercury 77 (July 1953): 144.
If you are planning a trip to Europe and if your pocketbook is limited, dont fail to read this book ... Even if your traveling this summer is going to be done in a hammock, its still worth reading.
F13.14. Notes on New Travel Books, Washington Post and Times Herald (Mar. 20, 1955): B7.
A 1955 edition of The Poor Mans Guide to Europe, by David Dodge, has been issued by Random House for $3.50.
F13.15. Oakland Tribune (Apr. 12, 1953): 2C.
How to keep from paying through the nose, outwit the natives at the game of getting the most for the least, sniff out bargains and juggle currency, and have a dollars worth of fun for a nickel by knowing your way around; even if you have to stay home. Its fun to learn all the travelers tricks.
F13.16. Oakland Tribune (Mar. 14, 1954): 2C.
Tricks of the travel road, such as how to juggle currency regulations without landing in the hoosegow and many other ways of substituting know-how for cash, which will enable the tipped-off traveler to have a high old time on a shoestring.
F13.17. Oakland Tribune (Mar. 6, 1955): 2C.
The latest thing in dope and tips on how to get the most for your money, and without skimping on anything but the expendables which dont really get you anything anyway, by an old travel hand who knows all the dodges and tells about them with considerable humor.
F13.18. Russell, Francis. For Regular Consultation, Christian Science Monitor 45, no. 137 (May 7, 1953): 11.
Anyone with a trip to Europe in the offing, particularly if he is making his first, will do well to read The Poor Mans Guide to Europe and then take the book with him for regular consultation. Mr. Dodge leaves to others the philosophy of travel, concerning himself with the how rather than the why.
F13.19. Sears, William P. Education [Chula Vista, Calif.] 75, no. 9 (May 1955): 603.
Here is the 1955 edition of The Poor Mans Guide to Europe. This annual has helped many a school teacher to make the trip to Europe on a tight budget and to enjoy every moment of the holiday. By the same token, it has helped the more affluent supervisor and administrator do the same ... The book is a must for all educators who plan a summer in Europe. Take it along with you; it will save you hours of time and loads of your hard-earned money.
F13.20. A Travel Guide for the Pauper, Washington Post (May 3, 1953): M23.
Dodges approach is the most refreshing this reviewer has yet seen....This reviewer, having done a fair bit of travel himself, discovered most of Dodges hints the hard way. The smart reader can pick it up painlessly by getting himself a copy of this book.
F13.21. Travelers Tale, Tourist Tipsheet, Saturday Review of Literature 36, no. 23 (June 6, 1953): 40.
This is not a guide to the what and the where of Europe, but rather to the how ... Any number of anecdotes concerning the Dodge family keeps the pace lively, and frequently funny, and there are some wonderful sketches by Irv Koons.
F13.22. Wherever Youre Bound, Here Are Good Beacons, Washington Post and Times Herald (June 17, 1956): K8.
Travelers whose bank accounts are more limited than their ambitions will want ... THE POOR MANS GUIDE TO EUROPE (1956 Edition) gaily illustrated by Irv Koons and knowledgeably written by David Dodge (Random House), a compendium of valuable personalized advice.
F14. The Lights of Skaro
F14.1. Boochever, Florence. Bookmark [New York State Library] 13, no. 7 (Apr. 1954): 159.
F14.2. Boucher, Anthony. New York Times Book Review 59 (Feb. 28, 1954): 28.
... a rattling job of story-telling to rank with the top spy-thrillers of recent years ... Even Dodges excellent earlier books have hardly prepared one for the pure virtuosity of narrative excitement which he reveals here.
F14.3. Cuff, Sergeant. Saturday Review of Literature 37, no. 15 (Apr. 10 1954): 62.
Hes done better.
F14.4. Offord, Lenore Glen. This World [San Francisco Chronicle] 17, no. 46 (Mar. 14, 1954): 19.
Of late, Dodges thrillers have omitted fun and flippancy in favor of tight suspense, and very capable yarns they are ... Even if youre tired of iron curtains, try this.
F14.5. Sandoe, James. New York Herald Tribune Book Review 30, no. 31 (Mar. 14, 1954): 11.
Mr. Dodge, an artful international traveler, slips this time behind the Iron Curtain and gives us a breathless account of the harassed escape of two foreign correspondents (male and female) from something called the Peoples Free Federal Republic.
F14.6. Strong, L. A. G. Spectator [London] 6,587 (Sept. 24, 1954): 377-378.
It is a first-class story of adventure, and more ... Mr. Dodge writes with a conviction and a professional integrity which compel belief from the first page to the last.
F14.7. Washington Post and Times Herald (May 9, 1954): B7.
American reporters (she and he) balked in Balkans, make heavy weather of it. Author has beaten this one.
F15. Time Out for Turkey
F15.1. Boochever, Florence. Bookmark [New York State Library] 14, no. 6 (Mar. 1955): 133.
The widely-traveled Dodges set forth in a brand-new midget car, Invictus, and this is the hilarious account of its conquest of the mountain roads of Italy, Jugoslavia and Greece ... [Recommended for young people, prisons, reformatories, and mental hospitals]
F15.2. Booklist [American Library Association] 51, no. 15 (Apr. 1, 1955): 314.
Diverting glimpses of Central Europe by a husband-wife travel team who set out from Paris in a small French car to visit Greece and Turkey.
F15.3. Bulletin from Virginia Kirkus Bookshop Service 22, no. 23 (Dec. 1, 1954): 803.
Another highly irregular itinerary ... Even for stay at homes, strenuous stuff. Full review online
F15.4. Crisler, Ben. Including Ptuj and Krk, New York Times Book Review 60 (Feb. 6, 1955): 12.
... both amusing and valuable in its unpretentious fashion ... Turkey has the title role in Mr. Dodges book, and Greece is prominently featured, yet without question Yugoslavia steals the script. The flight from Athens to Istanbul—last leg of the Dodge journey—seems commonplace compared with the adventure of driving in a semi-midget motor across a Montenegrin mountain pass officially closed for the winter.
F15.5. Jackson, Joseph Henry. More European Travel by the Dodge Family, San Francisco Chronicle (Feb. 1, 1955): 19.
Like his others ... this is a pleasant mixture of deliberate zanyism and practical information.
F15.6. Library Journal 80, no. 7 (Apr. 1, 1955): 806.
F15.7. Oakland Tribune (Feb. 6, 1955): 2C.
Never a dull moment in the Dodge family caravan as it rolls its uninterrupted way through the French Riviera, the Balkans, Greece, Turkey and Italy by car, boat and plane, accumulating information and anecdotes for the reader who trails them on their merry junket.
F15.8. Reinsberg, Mark. Their Trip That Went Preposterously Haywire, Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine of Books (Mar. 6, 1955): 8.
Some of the most appalling and hilarious travel experiences ever to befall an American motorist ... Undoubtedly the most brilliant part of Time Out for Turkey is its description of Yugoslavia, which abounds in comedy, vivid personal contact, and local color. Lovers of political satire will especially relish the authors visit to a collective farm near Belgrade.
F15.9. Spectator [London] 6,621 (May 20, 1955): 655.
Motorists planning a comparable odyssey might pick up a few helpful facts from this book: the general reader will find the journey as heavy going as Invictus [the name given to the car by Dodge] did.
F15.10. Times Literary Supplement [London] 2,779 (June 3, 1955): 307.
This high-spirited and wise-cracking American writer describes how he took his wife across southern Europe in a tiny car from Paris to Athens. Istanbul is only reached (by air) in the closing pages, so most of the talking is less about Turkey than about such things as pitfalls for innocent tourists in Yugoslavia and how to trust ones wife. Mr. Dodge is amusing on a light level about the people he meets, and his sustained facetiousness is in a strange way rather endearing.
F15.11. Travel Trials, New York Herald Tribune Book Review 31, no. 36 (Apr. 17, 1955): 11.
The trip looked easy enough to David Dodge when outlined in red crayon on a map, but he soon discovered that Yugoslavian road maps are not necessarily to be trusted ... It makes for delightful reading.
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