I should like to see this put out as autobiography rather than fiction. It certainly has the ring of an authentic story, and would be more interesting from that angle. As a novel it lacks a sense of plot. It is apparently a factual account of the life of a youth, whose childhood during the war colored all his later life, and whose complete severance with Germany came only after an abortive attempt to rescue his intimates from the penalties of disagreement with one tenet or another of the Nazi creed. A revealing picture of life of civilians during the bitter years of the war, of incredible poverty, starvation rations, cruelty, followed by disillusionment, embittered feelings, weakness of body and spirit. One high spot of escape came in a brief sojourn in Switzerland, ended all too soon. But it led ultimately to his escape to America and a new life. Throughout there is the tenacity of love of life. As a study of the weakening of the basic structure of a whole nation, I have seen nothing quite like it.