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William Rowe

Toronto, McClelland and Stewart, 1989. 278pp, cloth, $24.95
ISBN 0-7710-7752-1. CIP

Reviewed by Floyd Spracklin.

Volume 17 Number 5
1989 September

Rowe's first book, Clapp's Rock (McClelland and Stewart, 1983), intro­duces Jane and many of the political figures of this, his second book. The Temptation of Victor Galanti comes to us from a man who is no stranger to Newfoundland politics. Set in the late 1970s and the 1980s the book is an exciting and easily read tale of political survival at nearly all costs!

Congressman Victor Galanti has reached a precarious point in his determined drive for the U.S. presi­dency. Victor and his friend John Lucci, find themselves in the midst of Pornab, a scandal that threatens to ruin everything for which they and Victor's family have fought. Complicating matters in this philosophical and satirically provocative narrative is Victor's unexpected trip to New­foundland, his mother's native land. While waiting out the storm of Pornab, Victor also attempts to find answers to questions about his mother and his own illegitimate birth to an American father he never knew. Victor befriends Newfoundland premier, Neil Godwin, and in so doing, meets and falls in love with Jane Maidment, Neil's sister. It is Victor's intriguing one-night love affair, and his thirst for the Oval Office that are central to Rowe's theme.

Ultimately, it is Victor's lust for power that forces him into finding answers and solving his predicament. Any post-secondary student who likes a seedy political scandal, with a little underworld and sex thrown in for good measure, will find this a good read.

Floyd Spracklin, G.C. Rowe Junior High School, Corner Brook, Nfld.
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