Paradise Island: An Armchair Philosopher's Guide to Human Nature (or "Life Lessons You Learn While Surviving Paradise") [NOOK Book]

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Are we masters of or servants to our own human nature? This illustrated short story presents a satire on human nature. “Human nature” are two words that are used often, but what exactly do they mean? This work explores, in narrative form, that mysterious collage of traits, emotions, and idiosyncrasies that describes the way we are and the way we behave — our envy, vanity, greed, and white lies as well as our loyalty, generosity, love, and ...
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Are we masters of or servants to our own human nature? This illustrated short story presents a satire on human nature. “Human nature” are two words that are used often, but what exactly do they mean? This work explores, in narrative form, that mysterious collage of traits, emotions, and idiosyncrasies that describes the way we are and the way we behave — our envy, vanity, greed, and white lies as well as our loyalty, generosity, love, and honor.

Paradise Island is a fable about a young adventurer who travels to the sunny, fun-filled island of his dreams, but struggles to keep paradise found from becoming paradise lost. A product of inspirational and literary fiction, this work will appeal to readers interested in fantasy, satire, and philosophy in fiction.

From the Publisher: This illustrated novel is ideally suited to high school or college students studying English literature or philosophy. It is a think piece that lends itself to classroom or group discussion.

From the Author: What is the difference between the stories of The Map Maker and Paradise Island? The Map Maker is a short story that presents a satire on human perspective (how we see the world). Paradise Island is a short novel that presents a satire on human nature (why we are the way we are).
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Editorial Reviews

Justin Hurwitz, Editor, The Harvard Lampoon
“A delectable dish of human foible, served with parsnips baked in irony oil, all topped with a sprinkling of satire-roasted fennel seeds.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016561578
  • Publisher: Maven Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 80
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Brandon Royal is an award-winning writer whose educational authorship includes The Little Blue Reasoning Book, The Little Red Writing Book, The Little Gold Grammar Book, and The Little Green Math Book. During his tenure working in Hong Kong for US-based Kaplan Educational Centers – a Washington Post subsidiary and the largest test-preparation organization in the world – Brandon honed his theories of teaching and education and developed a set of key learning "principles" to help define the basics of writing, grammar, math, and reasoning. A Canadian by birth and graduate of the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, his interest in writing began after completing writing courses at Harvard University. Since then he has authored a dozen books and reviews of his books have appeared in Time Asia magazine, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal of America, Midwest Book Review, The Asian Review of Books, Choice Reviews Online, Asia Times Online, and About.com. Brandon is a five-time winner of the International Book Awards, a five-time gold medalist at the President's Book Awards, as well as winner of the Global eBook Awards, USA Book News "Best Book Awards," and recipient of the 2011 "Educational Book of the Year" award as presented by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2008

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    This book is one of the best bar novels I¹ve ever read. It reminded me of 'Don't Stop the Carnival' (by Herman Wouk), which I purchased as an out-of-print copy. Here was the story of a middle-aged New York agent who exits the rat race and heads for the Caribbean (fictitious Island of Amerigo) to start a new life in paradise. He buys a hotel (Gull Reef Club) and begins to renovate but is stymied by oft-times comically tragic situations that turn his life upside down. Things in la-la land don't work like they do in the First World and the locals are as warmly endearing and they are indubitably infuriating. By the end of the story, Norman Paperman (main character) is packing his bags and heading for the airport. 'Pleasure Island' is a cautionary tale of similar beach-bar ilk. It too is written with a literary style and makes a point, albeit more philosophically and with an afterglow of optimism. Here is the story of a foreigner who arrives in tropical wonderland and tries to run a bar, build an island home, and even sojourn in his girlfriend¹s village home. But all these short episodes end in debacle, leaving our young adventurer wondrous, as reality infringes on the promise of an idyllic dream world. The main difference between these two books is that 'Pleasure Island' is an illustrated novella, capturing the bar world in the fewest possible words, while 'Don't Stop the Carnival' is 400 pages long and requires true grind to read from cover to cover. 'Don't Stop the Carnival' (although dated) might be compulsory reading for anyone wanting chuck it all and move to the Caribbean, but 'Pleasure Island' should be compulsory reading for anyone wanting to live, start a business, and/or get married to their local mermaid in the go-go dancing ³islands² of the Pacific. Even seasoned bar-goers will find humor in nuanced narrative and sprinkling of funny one-liners. Given that Herman Wouk¹s novel became a musical with lyrics by Jimmy Buffet, I could see 'Pleasure Island' morphing itself into film, perhaps as a fantasy (aka ³Lost Among the Mermaids²) or even as a dark comedy (aka 'Dr. Strangelove - How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bar.')

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