A strange book, recalling The Wandering Jew -- recalling Orlando, but less broadly symbolic, less esoteric than either. ""Greathouse"" stands for the average man; his story is that of a man who lives twenty-five years of the nation's span of life while growing only five years older. Starting with a seering experience during the witch trials of Salem, he lives on through ten episodes of American life, some of them the obvious and expected ones, together giving a many-sided picture of our national life and growth and character, living always in the tension of the moment, ignoring the lesson of the past. A book that is more interesting in its conception than its actuality, for somehow Greathouse is a shadowy, two dimensional figure, and the story sometimes confuses in its merging of period on period. A trick book. A tour de force.