THE EYE OF THE STORM by John Hearne

THE EYE OF THE STORM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

For those (the publishers) who see this as a possibility for the audience of Alex Waugh's Island In The Sun, this first novel shares only its Caribbean island setting; it is far less prolix and more intense; and it may be tabooed not only by its hot but also mixed blooded relationships. It is written by a Jamaican- and the new colour scheme which prevails among the younger generation is taken for granted- certainly by Andrew Fabricus, who tells the story, and who is the offshoot of the old plantocracy who obviously have neither status nor influence. His love for (and intentions to marry) the dark-skinned Margaret is subsidiary to the stormier relationship which exists between certain of his friends and associates on the local paper there; Rachel Ascom (part German, part Negro), a heavy, handsome, prodigal, ambitious woman; Jojo Rygin, one of her former lovers, a construction operator who has just done a term in prison; and Michael Lovelace, a new import from England, and a gentle and more civilized competitor for Rachel's love. Rachel uses both men, betrays Jojo and his dream of oil, and provokes the violent retaliation which takes her life.... A drama of some validity and considerable vitality, much of which is due to the excitement of the writing and effective characterization

Pub Date: April 24th, 1958
Publisher: Little, Brown- A.M.P.