Volumes three and four of this vast saga of Old Testament history and story. And the best part so far published. The thread of the story is picked up at the point where Joseph is sold to the Midianites, and the reader follows their wanderings, trading, bartering, down to Egypt, the goal of their journeys. There -- the other goods disposed of -- the old Midianite sells Joseph as a slave in the household of the great man, Potiphar. Against an extraordinarily vivid background of the pace of life in all its detail is told the inside story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife, up to its climax, when -- defeated in her determination to win his love, she turns against him and Potiphar, unwillingly, is forced to give him to Pharaoh as slave and prisoner. So much for the pattern of the tale. But the philosophy and understanding and interpretation is Mann's -- and for that it is a book not to passed over. One of the great masters of prose today, Mann gives us some of his best in this stupendous work.