A CHOICE OF HEAVEN by J. M. Scott

A CHOICE OF HEAVEN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Ecalpemos is Someplace, an island in the Pacific and ""the heaven on earth"" chosen by two men with very different and irreconcilable dreams. For Skinner, a clerk in a small firm for 25 years before a Java Sweepstake enables him to escape, the island is the destination to which he brings twenty young women-of mixed races- and a private Eden. For Ronald Mackintosh, a castaway there just before Skinner has established his strange Utopia, it offers an inland lagoon with a treasure in pearls, and once having secured the backing for a small expedition, he returns there with Geoffrey Partridge (who tells the story) and two young men to fish for pearls. While Mackintosh and Partridge try to conceal their discovery of Skinner's colony, and to prevent any association which may lead to trouble, the conclusion is a bitter disappointment to both Skinner and Mackintosh: Skinner witnesses the disaffection of his young women; Mackintosh the disappearance of his pearls; and there is a real twister of a finish.... J.M. Scott- if you remember Sea-Wyf and the Heather Mary is one of the few pure story tellers writing today, and he offers an exciting, exotic fantasia within the limits of probability and persuasion.

Pub Date: April 6th, 1960
Publisher: Dutton