The Playground of The GodsCathy Spellman’s, The Playground of The Gods is an exuberant novel whichdeals with murder in a remote tropical paradise but can further be read as anillustration of man’s ignorance and invasion of nature.
“Do it big, or stay in bed.”( Larry Kelly). These are words that ThorosGagarian lives by. He is one of the wealthiest men in the world and whenpicking his private paradise, only one place on earth could serve his needs andfantasies. This place is Mora Utu-The playground of the Gods-a green jewel inthe placid blue expanse of the South Pacific, the most luxurious and seductiveprivate preserve anywhere on the planet. Once his prized-possession has beenfound, Thoros immediately ships the island natives to a different island andbrings in his construction crews to hurriedly build his paradise in order tohave it ready for a celebratory visit by 12 of his close friends.
In the introduction to the story, Cathy Spellman makes clear the notionthat the protagonist, Thoros Gagarian views himself as an indestructible god.Her descriptions of his haste purchase of his Island paradise shows a man forwhom their is no boundaries. His arrogance is further displayed in his buildingof his compound.Spellman’s voice of reason comes from a spiritual Mexican couple who areThoros’s servants. They not only warn but predict of many consequences to theignorance to which nature is being shown. Nature will not permit alteration onsuch a scale.(Emilio, 114).
However, these warnings are ignored by the men who do not appreciate abizarre servant couple speaking of things which money can’t buy and power can’tcontrol. This is when Spellman’s utilization of irony comes into the picture.A member of the party catches a tropical fever, yet he can’t be cured becausethe tree which possesses the antidote was destroyed in the creation of thefacility. This is followed by a serendipitous chain of events which is climaxedwhen an immense typhoon hits the island and takes two of its visitors as itssacrifices.”In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, there areconsequences.
“(Ingersoll). This statement indicates the underlying theme of thenovel. Man’s ignorance regarding nature is a fatuous fault, for which he willhave to face the consequences. Whether it be in the near future, or impendingon him till the moment where he realizes that his ignorance has not come withoutits price.