THE BEACH OF FALESA by Dylan Thomas

THE BEACH OF FALESA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A peotic short story, in semi-play form, this odd, nice book by the late Welsh poet has a South Seas setting. Wiltshire (presumably English) has come to replace a mysteriously vanished copra trader on the island village of Falesa. On his first night, he is married off to a charming native girl, Uma, by a rival copra trader, Case and Case's mysterious associates. Wiltshire discovers before long that he is taboo to the natives, and has no trade, because of Uma. As the power of Good, he eventually overcomes Case's evil hold in an eerie final scene. This Conrad-esque story is given considerable dimension by the poetic power of the writing. Mocking yet serious, it is a study in evil vs. good which does not contain any large symbolism and is very successful in itself- as a spectral small story.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1963
Publisher: Stein & Day