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The Reverend Timothy Fortune, ex-bank clerk, has spent 10 years as a South Seas Island missionary when a "maggot" impels him to embark on an assignment to the even more remote island of Fanua, where a white man is a rarity. Mr. Fortune is a good man, humble and earnest. He wishes to bring the joys of Christianity to the innocent heathen. But in his 3 years on Fanua, he makes only one convert—the boy Lueli, who loves him. This love, and the sensuous freedom of the islanders, produces in Mr. Fortune a change of heart that is shattering. Beautifully imagined, the paradise island and its people are as vivid as a Gauguin painting.
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Born in Harrow (1893-1978), Sylvia Townsend Warner published seven novels, four volumes of poetry, a volume of essays and eight volumes of short stories. She lived most of her adult life with her close companion Valentine Ackland in Dorset and Norfolk.Review:
One can't be too thankful that Miss Townsend Warner has lived to discover the alchemist s' secret of transmuting the past and the possible, and even the impossible now and then, into pure gold―HILARY SPURLING, OBSERVER
One of our most idiosyncratic, courageous and versatile writers―HERMIONE LEE
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Book Description Virago Pr, 1992. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. facsim. ed edition. 250 pages. 7.75x5.00x0.75 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0860680436
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Book Description Little, Brown Book Group, 1990. Paperback. Condition: New. Facsimile. Seller Inventory # DADAX0860680436
Book Description Little, Brown Book Group, 1990. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0860680436