When I finally became curious enough to track down this book in an out of print copy at the library, and read it, I was shocked that such a great novel could have gone out of print. It's hardly because I relate specifically to Vic Brown's life and times in industrial mid-20th century Yorkshire, but because his story - though specific in its particulars - is universal in its humanity. Even when Vic is making enormous mistakes and hurting other people or himself, you understand his motives and his essential decency; you want him to find a way through to a better life; and you are right there with him in his struggles. There is a great deal of humor in the writing, as well as quite beautiful passages, and wonderful dialogue. I actually read long passages over the phone to a friend, who was equally taken with tbe book. I loved that Vic was drawn to literature and especially to classical music, that he learned to articulate the power he found there, and it made me remember a time when the arts were an aspiration, not something to be cut from this year's budget. I am thrilled that this book is back in print, and I hope it will rapidly be followed with new editions of the other books in the trilogy, as they all deserve to be read by more than one generation.