Good autobiography, though not so complete a picture as the publisher's description would lead one to expect. For here is -- not the whole story of the Eskimo-Norweplan musician but the story of his background and youth, up to the point when he put his mother's home behind him and came back to the States to take up his chosen career, albeit against odds. This is the ""Eskimo"" end of his story:- his happy years at the Methodist Home in the Aleutian Islands; his chance to go to Northwestern to study medicine, provided he earned the wherewithal to get there; his experiences as a whaler, as a worker in a sulphur mine. Then the months ""outside"" and the touch of romance, and the growing realization that his heart lay not in medicine but in music. His loss of his unknown father and the fortune he thought was to be his- and the conflict of his mixed race and mixed ambitions. Full of the spirit and feel of the north.