Fiction -- yes -- but it dramatizes the age it spans amazingly and gives to it that three-dimensional property that serious biography such as Zweig's MARIE ANTOINETTE gives to her age. Through the life of a commoner, a stableman's son, Mundy, who becomes himself a stableman, and who dies a stableman in 1929 at the ripe age of 80, we get the pattern of a great age, of Victoria in her heyday, and of her influence, permeating England long after her death. A tragic and lovely story of his love for Ellen; the interim of his service in Africa; his return to his beloved horses and his second and more peaceful marriage -- such is the skeleton of the story. But its fascination lies in the panorama of a period, which CAVALCADE dramatized for the great public. A chronicle novel, with depths of scholarship and poetry in the telling. Has the elements of a success. Don't miss it.