An extraordinary psychological study of a man facing the uncertainties of illness and the possibility of death. With perceptions sharpened to unnatural focus on himself, his past, the people about him, his attitude toward life and death, he brings into consciousness things that had lain dormant, he crystallizes generalities and challenges his own viewpoints (and by so doing, the reader's). The market? A problem that -- anyone who has followed Strong's extraordinary development, anyone who is interested in the introspective psychological novel, anyone who is on speaking terms with serious illness and who is not morbid about it. Not for a wide public.