This for the market that likes the occult, rather than for Julian Green's usual audience. (Having no bent in that direction, it seemed to me to blend a Faustian theme with Arabian Nights, and to be pretty hard to take, at that!) Green has an oblique style, and the first third of the book is slow moving, as one is introduced to a homely, poverty stricken youth, disliking his physical and economic self, and wishing he could change it. A minion of Satan approaches him at the psychological moment when a girl has let him down, and persuades him into accepting the gift which makes it possible for him to take over the body of another. And the balance of the story traces his misadventures, as he chooses wrongly, and eventually comes back to his own body with gratitude. Predictable in its outcome- dull in execution.