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Book Title: The Blue Lagoon|
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The author of the book: Henry de Vere Stacpoole
Edition: Wildside Press
Date of issue: November 5th 2003
ISBN 13: 9780809533473
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 15.68 MB
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It seems that many people base their opinions on this book by how well it stood up to the 80s movie. Well, I have not seen the movie, nor do I want to. The book describes things perfectly.
After their ship catches fire, two children (cousins) are tossed into a dingy with Paddy, an able seaman. They drift for some days before coming upon an abandoned ship and later, an uninhabited paradise island. There they stay for many years, partaking of the island's yield and exploring its mysteries.
I really enjoyed this. Stacpoole is amazing in his ability to put the reader in a scene and make us see what he sees, smell what he smells and feel what he feels.The island simply comes alive in all its poetry and magic.
Is the story perfect? No its not. But while some will roll their eyes at a certain point in the story, thinking it incomprehensible that Dick and Emmeline could be quite so naive, I would remind them of the time period. At eight years old (its at this age that their whole life is turned upside down) they still believed that babies were born under cabbages (and replaced under cabbages if all was not well and they needed to "grow some more"). (view spoiler)[ While the birth itself was very implausable -wake up and there it is- the actual pregnancy not being mentioned, I accepted. Chances are they never saw a pregnant woman (it was well hidden in those days) and Emmeline's growing stomach may well not have been remarked upon)
As for the name Hannah for a boy...*cringe* I'll admit that's cheesy. But! again, they were eight years old when they lost touch with civilization as they knew it. Think of how many pets have been bequeathed strange monikers by children. Sailors, also, went by some odd names. And remember, the children's memories of their life pre-island at this point had grown dimmer and dimmer... but why Hannah? Why is a good question. Maybe to keep people talking 100 years later . (hide spoiler)]
An interesting point for Stacpoole fans is that the sailor Paddy in this story is actually "Patsy" grown up from Stacpooles earlier novel by that name. Also the children are relatives of the Lestranges featured in that novel.
BOTTOM LINE: Wonderful escape read. However Stacpoole's "Beach of Dreams " surpasses this in my estimation.
SEX: Fade to black
VIOLENCE: One fight with an 'octopod'
PROFANITY: Mild (D's)
MY RATING: PG for thematic elements
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Read information about the authorHenry De Vere Stacpoole (9 April 1863 – 12 April 1951) was an Irish author, born in Kingstown (now Dún Laoghaire). His best known work is the 1908 romance novel The Blue Lagoon, which has been adapted into feature films on three occasions.
A ship's doctor for more than forty years, Stacpoole was also an expert on the South Pacific islands. His books frequently contained detailed descriptions of the natural life and civilizations with which he had become familiar on those islands.
He moved to the Isle of Wight in the 1920s and lived there until his death. He was buried at Bonchurch in 1951.
Pseudonym: Tyler De Saix
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