The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean

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Top 100 Childrens Adventure Novels.

The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean by Robert Michael Ballantyne.

The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean (1858) is a novel written by Scottish author R. M. Ballantyne. One of the first works of juvenile fiction to feature exclusively juvenile heroes, the story relates the adventures of three boys marooned on a South Pacific island, the only survivors of a ...

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The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean

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Overview

Top 100 Childrens Adventure Novels.

The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean by Robert Michael Ballantyne.

The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean (1858) is a novel written by Scottish author R. M. Ballantyne. One of the first works of juvenile fiction to feature exclusively juvenile heroes, the story relates the adventures of three boys marooned on a South Pacific island, the only survivors of a shipwreck.

A typical Robinsonade - a genre of fiction inspired by Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe - and one of the most popular of its type, the book first went on sale in late 1857 and has never been out of print. Among the novel's major themes are the civilising effect of Christianity, 19th-century British imperialism in the South Pacific, and the importance of hierarchy and leadership. It was the inspiration for William Golding's dystopian novel Lord of the Flies (1954), which inverted the morality of The Coral Island; in Ballantyne's story the children encounter evil, but in Lord of the Flies evil is within them.

The novel was considered a classic for elementary-school children of the early 20th century in Britain, and in the United States it was a staple of suggested reading lists for high-school students. Modern critics consider The Coral Island to feature a dated imperialist view of the world, but although it is less popular today than it once was, it was adapted into a four-part children's television drama broadcast by ITV in 2000.

In this adult edition of the children's classic, three English boys, shipwrecked on a deserted island, create an idyllic society despite typhoons, wild hogs, and hostile visitors. Then evil pirates kidnap one of the youths whose adventures continue among the South Sea Islands.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781500653316
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/26/2014
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    very riveting

    Looking past the typos and such the story did create anxiety and excitment while reading. Quite grusome at times during that period of time, your mind creates the picture from the words.

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