An interlude -- spent in a Greek island, owned by an eccentric old man -- with the English residents primarily young people trying to escape reality in one form or another. Definitely Aldoux Huxley-ish in the analysis of these misfit expatriates. The central figure is the disillusioned schoolmaster, Marlowe, ferried to the island by the boatman commissioned to bring new blood now and again. There are bits of brilliant writing, though as a whole the plot lacks cohesion and unity. Nonetheless -- Norden is a man to watch. And the tale not one to be dismissed.