Quite honestly, reconsideration of the text and the perspective of three months' interval does not materially alter our original opinion. Viewed from the angle of a picture of peasant life in modern Italy, the interplay of old forces and now, definite anti-fascist propaganda (adroitly handled), it had distinction and merit and a great deal of charm. There are interesting characters, the old priest is tenderly drawn, the young socialist and his comrades, etched with acid pen. But the plot remains tenuous, intangible, and one roads on and on seeking dramatic climax and feeling instead a distinct anticlimax. It is over long -- and not easy reading. However, the D O M publicity insures a certain amount of press attention, and, from the social angle, the book is important.