Dublin Bay background for the life of one Luke Mangen, and as a background it is drawn in strong strokes, with passages of the beauty one associates with Strong. The story however seems to me a failure as a novel, and inconclusive as a portrait. Luke was an orphan, who counted among his friends his Uncle John, a drunkard of paris, the barber Martin, a philosophical doctor-mentor, who dies of D T's and the woman largerly responsible for raising him, formerly a maid in the family. He marries sanctimonlous Muri, victimized by a fanatical father; he has a brief interlude of vllie passion with Mary; and after the death of both of them, finds Kathleen in time to salvage something of happiness from life. There are sordid bits, unpleasant bits, bits with the flash of the old Strong -- but the story fails to hold the interest and seems hardly worth the telling.