A strange tortured sort of story -- the continuation of IN TRAGIC LIFE, which created quite a stir in esoteric circles last year. This takes up Vridar's career at the moment when he is on a train for the first time, bound for Salt Lake City and college. His tragic attempts to mold himself into a cosmopolitan attitude and way of thought, interpreted by his degenerate comrade into terms of nonchalant familiarity with sordidness, women, thievery and destructiveness; his haunting worship of Neloa; his inability to bring himself to intimacy with women; all this dominates his first year in the city, and he goes back to the mountains, disillusioned and bitter and starved. Then comes the discovery of Neloa's promiscuity, and he goes almost insane with jealously, which tortures him for another year, at the end of which he marries her, still agonized with doubts, and unable to meet life on its own terms. For the Erskine Caldwell and Faulkner audience.