Of Ireland, and the Anglo-Irish and the stories and histories of the families involved in the selling of Mount Granite. In patterned mosaic of short story sections, these tell of the St. Legers, the Merton-Clinches, the Tyrrels, Mr. Hare, and the influence of the old tales, on the people living within the area of tradition. For with the renting of Mount Granite, and the coming of the Merton-Clinch family, the world of Manodran is hastened to a minor climax in its affairs. And the Merton-Clinch household introduces modern sophistication, outsiders who precipitate local situations, intolerance which ends familiar idiosyncrasies and brings about a finale to sentimental daydreaming of the past. To a point of caricature, to a degree of unreality, but with a touch of the bright, young things, this is not a novel of Ireland that gives a feeling of focussed, balanced portrayal.