A story of the Spanish Civil War, in the persons of villagers of a community wrecked, physically and morally, by the rebels. It is not easy reading; the style is oblique, stark, dramatic in its simplicity. There is horror in the picture it gives, in the destruction of all that childhood means, in the procession of the Basque children to a place of so-called safety, where they are given passing sympathy -- but no chance to rehabilitate themselves, where life seems too much for them to cope with. There is a thread of story -- in the person of Uncle Pablo who had a past, which bore strange fruit, who comes back into the present, and who disappears again at the end, repeating his own none too savory story, with a new twist. Not strictly a novel, but a book which will leave a mark on the literature out of war-ravaged Spain.