The Author of Life and Death Of A Spanish Town has written a really extraordinary novel of a group of musicians and musical critics in Paris. The whole story is pitched in a key verging on hysteria, and the story revolves around a triangle created first by a homosexual French critic, the American critic who tells the story, and an American boy pianist, who is living in Paris with his mother, on whom he is utterly dependent. The Frenchman thrusts them apart, takes him to America to launch him, and leaves the other two to find each other in love and marriage. They are happy -- when the boy, disillusioned and shocked, returns, demanding solitude, a chance to compose, freedom. But he can't stay alone. He takes an older woman as a mistress, involves himself in a new form of composition and music, and -- from the outside -- succeeds in obsessing his mother, her husband and the Frenchman. The theme gathers momentum, rises in pitch and crashes on a note of hysteria, everything torn as under and smashed. On this it ends -- unresolved. But in the gathering of the storm, it is moving and harrowing and absorbingly interesting.