Paul has his ups and downs. This is an ""up"" -- a happier type of story than anything since The Pumpkin Coach, and closer to reality than that. It is the story of a woman who had seen everything she prized snatched from her, and who set her whole being on achieving her own thwarted ambition in her child, no matter what the course. She determined that he should be a technically perfect concert pianist; she wrecked the dreams and visions of childhood; she reached her goal -- and died. Then the young prodigy turned against all his life had been, and sought for life itself. Naive, disciplined in one way only, he had incredible experience (which Paul makes credible), faced various sorts of defeat, and finally, with success of an unwanted sort at his door once again, once again deserted -- to love and a new vision. Thoroughly readable and original.