Books: The Half World

THE EMIGRANTS (282 pp.) — George Lamming—McGraw-Hill ($3.75). Seen from a ship or an airplane, the islands of the West Indies look like the approaches to paradise. Ashore, the tourist quickly learns that many of the most intelligent natives spend a lot of time figuring out ways and means to escape from their Eden. The best fictional intro duction in years to their state of mind was Barbadian George Lamming's In the Castle of My Skin (TiME, Nov. 9, 1953), a poetic memoir of island youth that plotted...

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