An American engineer journeys to the tropics to build a bridge and reclaim his manhood in this brilliant tragicomedy written during the height of the Cold War

Fleeing two bad marriages and the sneaking suspicion that failure is his destiny, Bernard Morrison boards a flight bound for a freshly liberated country in desperate need of infrastructure. When the plane finally touches down, the pilot has happy news: The airport and the capital are not under attack. So far, so good, thinks Morrison as he heads for the jungle.

The bridge he has been sent to build may be in the middle of nowhere, but the work requires discipline and fortitude - qualities long missing from Morrison's routine - and his interactions with the native laborers and their bosses are refreshingly out of the ordinary. When he discovers a primitive tribe living near the construction site, Morrison revels in their freedom and lack of inhibition. He vows to protect the innocent tribespeople, not realizing that it's too late - the bridge to the future has already been built.

Part farce, part tragedy, The Outcasts is a powerful morality tale in the tradition of Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene.

Genre: Thriller

Used availability for Stephen Becker's The Outcasts

Hardback Editions

June 1967 : UK Hardback

Title: Outcasts
Author(s): Stephen Becker
ISBN: 0-241-91304-7 / 978-0-241-91304-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
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Kindle Editions

January 2016 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Outcasts: A Novel
Author(s): Stephen Becker
Publisher: Open Road Media
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