Boys' schools will be boys' schools-- even in Hungary. Technically excellent and smoothly translated, this completely externalized record flashes back to the mid twenties to describe cadet life in Hungary's military academy. Narrator ""Beebee"" chronicles his own memories of the school, interspersing them with quotations from the memoirs of one Gabor Medve, boy masochist, now deceased. Allegedly all these recollections illuminate present day (1957) confusions in the life of yet another of Beebee's school friends, Dani Szeredy, who is having problems with three women, all of whom he loves. Actually, however, these not-a- cliche-unturned recollections walk the wellworn path of this kind of book with two exceptions: primus, the food in this school is good; secundus, there is no overt homosexuality. This hardly seems enough to have made this the success it has been in Hungary, which seems more doubtful here.