Islands have a way of capturing our imagination. There is something irresistible about a place set apart by nature, whether it’s lush, tropical Jamaica or the Isle of Sky in the Scottish Hebrides. The closed world of an island may be a prison or a safe haven, its landscape the setting for dramatic action or quiet contemplation. Islands are often places of discovery, whether the treasure is pirate gold or something intangible and personal. 

 

Since Robinson Crusoe, islands have inspired novelists in very different ways. Here are two of my favorites:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tell Me: What's your favorite island story?


 

Comments
by Moderator dhaupt on ‎01-24-2013 09:42 AM

Jeremy, how right you are about Island stories, my favorite Island stories are by the women's fiction author Karen White, she writes what she describes as Grit Lit fiction-Southern Women's fiction.

Her novel Sea Change is based on St Simon's Island off the Georgia cost. It was a fabulous novel.

I'll be checking this one out too

 

Thank you for bringing this to us :smileyhappy:

by Bookwyrm55 on ‎01-24-2013 11:44 AM

One of my all-time favorite island stories is by Hugh B. Cave The Cross on the Drum - about a missionary who goes to an island to take over the mission, only to run into village voodoo priests, and a way of life he never imageined.  Cave won almost every award known to writers, and was one of the first white men to walk across Haiti - and to sit in on actual ceremonies.  He also wrote great tavel books, and a few about zombies...but 

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cross-on-the-drum-hugh-b-cave/1005302460?ean=2940012983572&itm=1&usr...

 

Is my favorite.

by Samurai on ‎01-25-2013 12:32 PM

My favorite island story is "The Count of Monte Cristo". While this is not about an island per se, most of the story takes place on one of 2 islands.