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Summary: Boys crash land on an island. Civilization between them dies out. Rescued.
First Sentence: The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon.
William wrote this in response to R. M. Ballantyne’s book called The Coral Island. Which I was never told in high school while learning about the symbolism all up in it. For me, it would have been cool to know people write stories to counter or to reply to someone else’s work with their own something-something.
I enjoyed reading this in high school it was a nice thinking novel. I would wonder, “Well, why did they become uncivil?” , “What triggered this behavior?”, “Would different groups act this way?”. This was ,if I remember a group of rich kids who crash land on the island. I wondered about if wealth had something to do with their reaction, being boys, trying to prove themselves.
It was a senior in high school read. I had taken AP English for the sole purpose of reading books. I’m a simple person…tell me you’re going to do a bunch of book reading & I’m in.
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