A distinctive and impressive piece of work which will be to many, unfortunately, merely writing for the sake of writing. There are phases of labyrinthine introspection, there are metaphysical evaluations. But -- in final analysis -- this is an intense, inquiring, often moving study of human relationship, accompanied by unusual literary and cultural undertones. It is the story of Michael and Lisa, Michael, intellectual, literary, loving Lisa whom he persuades to marry him and give up the puritanical American to whom she was engaged. Later, with pregnancy, Lisa goes into an obsessive depression, negating even her love of Michael. They go to America where she has her baby; then, under psychiatric advice, Michael leaves her in a mental hospital. The baby dies; Michael defies medical advice, takes Lisa home, and brings her through with his faith and love. Definitely not a book for the average reader -- nor for conservative Public Libraries.