A east of characters of about 300; 700 or more pages, and a theme of the history of the Carpenters, a brotherhood of ""Christian workmen"", in an unspecified country some forty years ago. A time of continual uprising and dissension among groups of Conservatives, Liberals, and Revolutionaries, -- all forces ripe for destruction until the Christian workmen stem the onrushing tide. Interwoven with the record of these Carpenters, are minor picaresque-romantic incidents among the great and small of the country, the story of Dr. Urban's invidious persuasions and gathering power, and the whole panorama of the mythical country's danger from breakup from within. A long, long, socio-political allegory, which Frans Werfel, in the introduction claims ""not only a great novel, but an important political work, a myriad-figured, fantastic, and precise vision"". Without wishing to appear too frivolous, we'd caption it a mighty mouthful of a book, whose ponderous bulk will no doubt impress but whose interest will probably lie in snob appeal.