Don't slip up on this, even if this report is running close to the publication date. It ranks high on two counts:- first, as a vivid, sympathetic, enlightening picture of the Irish people torn by their natural sentiment and their almost fanatical love of their own country and eagerness to right her wrongs; second, as one of the best pictures of a boys' school, and the pangs of adolescent growing pains, that I've come across for some time. The effect of the Irish National Movement on sensitive boys brings tragedy and havoc -- but the spirit of Ireland and the Irish emerges. Brilliantly handled -- and grand reading. The usual stumbling block of dialect is scarcely a factor. And yet the book is essentially Irish.