The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is the story of two cousins, Dicky and Emmeline Lestrange, stranded on a remote island with a beautiful lagoon.

As children, they are cared for by Paddy Button, a portly sailor who drinks himself to death after only two and a half years in paradise.

The birth is especially remarkable: fifteen-year-old Emmeline, alone in the jungle, loses consciousness and awakes to find a baby boy on the ground near her.

Reviews of the The Blue Lagoon

It seems that many people base their opinions on this book by how well it stood up to the 80s movie. They drift for some days before coming upon an abandoned ship and later, an uninhabited paradise island. And remember, the children's memories of their life pre-island at this point had grown dimmer and dimmer... Maybe to keep people talking 100 years later .

My experience with this book has me questioning how much personal freedom I allow myself as a reader to enjoy what I'm reading without judgment. I liken my experience with this book to sitting with a dear old soul who's heart is struck by wonder as he ponders: "What would it be like if..." and just like that I watch his imagination take flight over the vast Pacific Ocean and alight on the tiny Island of his story. Here I was enjoying this book and telling people how lovely it was and then this ridiculous thing happened. So, a kiss on Mr Henry de Vere Stacpoole's dear old cheek today, not only for a lovely story, but for the opportunity to stop and look at myself.

"A Lagoa Azul" foi uma feliz surpresa, pois apesar de conhecer a história porque já vi um sem número de vezes o filme com o mesmo nome (trailer oficial aqui: Henry de Vere Stacpoole escreve com uma sensibilidade tal que é fácil sentirmo-nos parte da história, ainda que o seu papel seja apenas o de observador. Por outro lado, o autor tem algumas "saídas" bastante brilhantes, sobretudo porque, em 1908 (quando em Inglaterra as mulheres são começam a ter direito ao voto depois da Primeira Guerra Mundial), e a título de exemplo, escreve que "O desprezo pelas mulheres é a primeira lei da selvajaria e talvez a última lei de uma qualquer filosofia velha e profunda" (p.290). E, por isso, adorei ler este livro, um verdadeiro bálsamo, e devo sublinhar que já me arrependi várias vezes de, quando no Outono de 2010 comprei este livro, me ter questionado (e voltado a questionar) se tinha tomado a opção certa em comprar um livro, cuja história já conhecia de trás para a frente... E então, reconheceremos que é possível ser feliz sem livros e jornais, cartas ou contas.

Dicky (Richard):Quisiera que caiga del cielo un libro enorme con todas las respuestas a nuestras preguntas, para saberlo todo Emmeline: No, es imposible.

I can see this being a tuff read for some ppl as its pretty much all descriptive.

I love Emmeline and Richard's story.

They are initially accompanied by Paddy Button, an illiterate sailor who dies in a drunken stupor about 2 years into their sojourn on the island, which lasts another five years, during which they grow from being 8 years old to 14 or 15. Previously having been so shocked by the discovered corpse of Paddy (a crab crawled out of his mouth, and half his face was being consumed by worms) that she never re-visited its site, the birth of their son indicates to her that, like death, nature allows for birth.

The book opens with a ship fire that strands two young children--cousins--in a boat with an old Irish sailor, inevitably named Paddy.

A ship's doctor for more than forty years, Stacpoole was also an expert on the South Pacific islands.