THE ISLAND OF THE ANGELS by Leonard Wibberley


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Wibberley, a versatile, dependable writer, has sketched a simple story with some arresting characterizations. Francisco, a simple fisherman who prefers a solitary existence on the Island of Angeles, chooses to risk his life for a strange diphtheria-ridden Mexican boy he finds on his doorstep. The boy, an orphan from the streets of Colonia Madre, has fled to the island from fear- the short dark stranger who haunts him in his delirium. Francisco fights his way to mainland in the face of the dreaded winds of the ""Chubasco"" to get medicine from Senora Revolucion. The Senora, an immense, domineering teacher, preaches the doctrine of the modernization of Mexico-the ""Revolution""- and hates the siesta ""as much as she hates the Sunday Mass."" Her arch-enemy, Father Sylvester, accompanies them back to the island so that he can have a chance ""to rub her nose in the revolution and make her realize the importance of the individual."" But their differences are forgotten momentarilly as they focus on the dying boy. No great morality play, just a refreshing, charming story.

Pub Date: March 31st, 1965
Publisher: Morrow