Just as I finished this, the news came over the air that the Dnieper, ""wild river"" of the story, has been retaken at several points, and that the Red Army is approaching the site of the famous Dnieper Dam, which is the dominant factor in this unusual story by one of America's most authoritative writers on modern Russia. The news makes the story all the more vital. I wonder whether Stepan Bogdanov, whose heart was bound up with the dam from the first job of drilling to the pouring of the last of the concrete, survived the years of guerilla fighting to which he was pledged at the end of the story. I wonder whether his Anyas, leader at the Red Dawn Farm, will bring the family back to make a new start? Anna Strong makes this story of the reclamation of one of Russia's wild boys a symbolic story of Russia itself. I was interested, too, in the industrial aspects of the tale -- as it paralleled the welding of a new land from the forces of the old. Propaganda story -- well, I suppose so. But good reading.