It is just a year since the author's first novel, Men Working , proclaimed a new talent out of the South, a human segment carved out of the drama of the W P A. John Faulkner stands on his own feet. without benefit of his brother, William. His characters are more credible, his situations come closer to the norm, he has even rare moments of relief from the grimness of his picture, its implicit indictment of a society that could produce old man Town, who loved the land and what it gave him, more than the millions he made, or the straitlaced, ambitious wife, her daughters and her no-good son, more even than Mammy, who served him to the end, and the half-breed son she bore him. A brutal book, an angry book, at times a shocking book. Worth reading.