A strange unreal sort of book, hard to classify. A little oboe player in a great orchestra, disappointed in his ambitions, gets a certain satisfaction out of his dream life, his identification of himself with various roles in a downtrodden world. He thinks himself somewhat left wingish, but successive disappointment crush his spirit. He must find release from the unromantic facts of his marriage and suburban life, from his unimportant place in the orchestra, and his dreams become realities, with a Russian mistress as his sex outlet, and the recurrent not of the Spanish Civil War to tie him to current happenings. At the last, his dream so dominates his life, that he dies -- of disillusion. Told in stream of consciousness manner -- a ticker tape of the rhythm of his mental and emotional processes.