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Old 06-15-2015, 05:16 AM   #1
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Tropical, preferably Island settings

I would be grateful for suggestions regarding books which are set in tropical places, preferable islands. I like 'castaway on a desert island' situations. I've read Crusoe, Lucy Irvine's Castaway, and some less-than-brilliant but escapist Mills and Boon, and I'm currently reading My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell (I have the second in the series, but the third is hard to find except in a Kindle trilogy).

Have you read any good castaway books lately? Please tell me what they were. Thanks
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Old 06-15-2015, 07:11 AM   #2
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It's possible you might find this one interesting:

Louis Becke

"Pacific Tales and Other Stories"

http://www.amazon.com/Pacific-Tales-...s+becke+kindle
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Have you read "The Mysterious Island" by Jules Verne?
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:32 AM   #4
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It is a children's book, but what about Island Of The Blue Dolphins?

http://www.amazon.com/Island-Blue-Do...850230-2995509
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:01 AM   #5
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I enjoyed the true story of a plane crash in a hidden mountain valley of New Guinea.

Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Shangri--...+Shangri-La%3A
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Old 06-15-2015, 12:05 PM   #6
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Old 06-15-2015, 12:42 PM   #7
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Since Australia is referred to as an island, I highly recommend On the Beach by Nevil Shute Norway.

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After the war is over, a radioactive cloud begins to sweep southwards on the winds, gradually poisoning everything in its path. An American submarine captain is among the survivors left sheltering in Australia, preparing with the locals for the inevitable. Despite his memories of his wife, he becomes close to a young woman struggling to accept the harsh realities of their situation. Then a faint Morse code signal is picked up, transmitting from the United States and the submarine must set sail through the bleak ocean to search for signs of life.

On the Beach is Nevil Shute's most powerful novel. Both gripping and intensely moving, its impact is unforgettable.
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Not a castaway situation, but Hal Gordon's _Divers Down! Adventure Beneath Hawaiian Seas_ is a lot of fun, and was freely available as an audiobook a while back.
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:34 PM   #9
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:56 PM   #10
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Joseph Conrad had a few books set in the tropics, but not about castaways. "Victory" was probably my favourite of them, although "Lord Jim" is by far more widely read.

"Pincher Martin" by William Golding is a pure castaway book, but it takes place in the North Atlantic, so not tropical at all. Still, it was quite a sensation in its time.
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Thanks for the suggestions which I'm listing for reference. I read "On the Beach" by Neville Shute many years ago and found it a bit gloomy. I'm really looking for escapist, summer reads.

More recommendations will be much appreciated.
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James A Michener's Adventures in Paradise is set in the South Pacific. Also, have you read Hawaii?

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In search of the castaways by jules Verne..
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Since Australia is referred to as an island, I highly recommend On the Beach by Nevil Shute Norway.
Yep, we're the largest island in the world and the smallest continent.
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On The Island is a fun, small book. It is not really romance by the way, that is just a subplot.
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