Originally Posted by iansales
My version (Pan paperback) is also the volcano start. And looking through the book, I couldn't even see a character called Helena Lyakhov (although I may have missed mention of her).
Quite so. The version beginning with the volcano has no reference to Helena Lyakhov, as the version with Helena has no reference to such a word as "Taratua".
I'm still puzzled
Unfortunately, I'm new in this forum and I'm not allowed to post any links, but the first chapter excerpt from the edition with Helena Lyakhov is available for readers on the first book showed by amazon.com when you search for "Childhood's End". (Publisher: Ballantine Publishing Group, division of Random House; first edition by Ballantine - 1953, reprinted - 1990).
tks for posting back,