THE BOOK OF REWI: A Utopian Tale by David P. O'Neill

THE BOOK OF REWI: A Utopian Tale

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Some people say that with God's help anything is possible, but He'd have to put in a lot of overtime to shore up the latest pietistic enterprise from the author of About Loving, The Way of Trusting and What Do You Say to a Child When You Meet a Flower?. The moral of this utopian tale about a shipwrecked one-world community is that Godliness is next to success. Three young seamen of various colors and creeds, renowned throughout the South Pacific for their chastity, run their schooner aground on an uninhabited island. Luckily, there are three young women passengers aboard. Luckily, they fall in love, one by one. In short order, they give birth to seventeen children. Luckily, they have a Shakespeare and a Bible to provide for the children's education. The only trouble in paradise, an adolescent rebellion, is resolved when the troublemaker apologizes within 24 hours of the infraction. Upon the inevitable return to civilization, they are surprised and shocked to discover whiskey, money and greed. Luckily, they are able to establish an independent, God-fearing government back in Eden. O'Neill's style bears a strong resemblance to the childlike pidgin that Indians and other foreigners are made to speak in the pulps. Saccha-ristianity.

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1975
Publisher: Seabury