A stylized novel -- a somber tale of tragedy developed around the jealousy of a man for his wife, transferred in turn to the son for his mother. Not overdone, plays up weak character rather than guilt, ignorance rather than malice. The characters -- in their stupid mishandling of their lives -- fail to arouse sympathy or compassion. The setting is the Maine coast -- an island -- and the sea itself. Not keyed to the very special audience that liked his story of a Maine boyhood, Lost Paradise.