An odium of things as they are is the backbone of this grimly intelligent fantasy of what to do about it, as Brother Barnabas, retired to a county poorhouse for superintendent Dr. Angelious' guidance, presents his plan for a laboratory and the conducting of experiments destined to produce a greater love of country. Parallel with his conceptions of educating the chosen public, are the practical problems and situations created by the paupers and their stories... A hodgepodge of personal opinions on politics, economics, social clashes, national and international questions, F.D.R., the New Deal, business, labor, culture, religion etc., etc. Fantasy on the one hand, realism on the other in the stories of the inmates of the poorhouse. There is some humor, an original folk lore figure, a bitter grasp of conditions, existing and to come. It is the kind of book that would need personal enthusiasm for promoting it, for either you can't ""take"" it at all, or its distinctive features will carry strong appeal.