An unexpected sort of book -- fits no grooves of classification -- hard to place hard to indicate sales possibilities. But here goes. . There's a symbolic character -- a spiritual force that dominates the book, which is the story of nine men who escape a penal colony in the Caribbean -- and of this man, the tenth. There is strange adventure, there is a pervading sense of the supernatural, there is a sort of terrorism, a brutality -- and yet never does the author lapse into the lewd or salacious. The book might be characterized as a strange blend of Mark Van Doren's The Transients & They Shoot Horses, Don't They? A book that might ride to popularity on the crest of curiosity, but that seems more likely to achieve a critical success, with a certain sort of snob appeal. Watch it.