Island psychology, as the introduction to this collection of Caribbean literature points out, tends to be insular. And although several of the writers in this volume, such as Derek Walcott, V.S. Naipaul, George Lamming and St. John Perse are more or less well known elsewhere, most of the contributors here will not be recognized by the average reader and many of the pieces are fragmentary, merely descriptive, and limited in viewpoint. The collection is divided into sections-- English, French, Spanish, Dutch; some of the local color is interesting; and there are several skillful short stories. These might have shown to better advantage if the book were not quite so diverse in both content and quality. As it is, it reflects almost too well the confusing variety of islands and cultures in the West Indies.