(Critical Survey of Literature, Revised Edition)

The damage that can be done by the fear and superstition of an ignorant people is amply demonstrated in GOAT SONG, in which the rebirth of brutishness in man is symbolized by the birth of a human monster. In their zeal to find a sacrifice for their sins, the peasants and gipsies elevate the human monster to sainthood and then sacrifice a young girl to him. This is a dynamic plot, the horror touched with mysticism and poetic symbolism.