A puzzling book, with a strange and eerie fascination. There's a distinct trend toward revitalizing characters and modes of the Regency period. Clemence Dane has brought the Brighton of that period into awareness, and against that background told a story built around a character of an eccentric of the period, ""the green man"", and given her readers a fantasy that seems almost factual and surprisingly convincing. The public seems to like fantasy, now and again; On Borrowed Time is evidence of it; Dawn in Lyonesse had a suggestion of that element. This fantastic creature of Miss Dane's new novel, lived as a Beau Brummel and young man about town, but kept in his subconscious an ever-growing awareness of the myth folk in his ancestral tradition. When he finally fell in love, he found a conflict between the demands of his love and his dream. And so you have a Forsaken Merman theme set in a frame of a satire of Regency society. You can see from this report that it is a book for a specialized market. Pick your customers -- and you will find they are flattered at being singled out for appreciative response to this novel.