PLOUGH THE SEA by Robert Wilder


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The whys and wherefores of a dictator -- bad, good, personal, social -- are the concern of the story of ""The Benefactor"", one Jorge Ojeda, who has, with treachery to the man who hired him, taken over the rule of a remote Caribbean island, San Rafael. Jorge's impetus, after a study of revolutions, is based on the fact that success is ""keeping ants and fleas from believing (knowing) that you are one of them"" and his march to power commands the respect of those he has ""liberated"". But that same path is obstacled by the self-willed, aristocratic, young Forris Dessaline with whom he falls in love; by his expertise as a professional soldier -- with a clean record in the U.S. Marines:- by his long association with the irrepresuble Juan de Cespedes:- so that when a new threat to his rule plays the game in its area of endemic intrigue he is crucified through his deepest secret -- his Negro blood. Although Ferris stays with her traditions, Jorge is saved -- for a nomad's future -- by de Cospedes' double-dealing. Wilder is ever dependable for a good story -- whether or not his subject is worthy -- and here the contradictory seeds and fruit of power-domination are in an immediate frame of reference. Very slick.

Pub Date: Oct. 6th, 1961
Publisher: Putnam