Loosely a novel- more specifically a closely focussed panorama of Turkey, past and present, her people, her relations with the colonial world, as experienced by Moslem Mourad. His life gives an intimate picture of Turkish life and character, as he exchanges the life of the duar and his close knit family, for that of the cities, when he is offered a chance at further education. His many abilities get him through school safely, earn him money in the famous Kasbah, and through his connections his life as a teacher is assured. His first marriage drives him to drugs, and his wife is murdered by one of his drug addict friends. He finds an orphan child and brings her up. He enters into the renaissance of native arts. He cannot propose marriage to his first love because she has become so thoroughly emancipated, and instead he marries his young ward and keeps her in traditional Turkish style...Throughout there is the national animosity against the French rule, the world apart of Turkish customs and codes, the compromise effected between two ways of life. This provides a variety of new backgrounds and characters and materials that have unusual interest in a field in which there is little of popular flavor. A book which would reward the reader to whose attention it is called.