Through a progressive analysis of literary utopias, from the Genesis creation stories and Plato's Republic through Sir Thomas More's Utopia to more contemporary works, Hawkins (Yale Divinity School) leads his reader from ``getting nowhere'' to ``getting somewhere.'' This ``somewhere'' is again a ``nowhere,'' providing perspective on a fallen, limited world in which human beings are both free and bound. ``Every attempt to return to Eden . . . suffers its own reenactment of the Fall,'' but also offers a possibility of redemption through ``its call to reexamine what we mistakenly take for granted as necessity, to ask us to imagine how society might be made more just.'' Hawkins clarifies such theological/philosophical issues as grace, freedom, and determinism through utopian imagination. Highly recommended. Carolyn M. Craft, English, Philosophy, & Foreign Languages Dept., Longwood Coll., Farmville, Va.