Books Inspired by Islands

Believe it or not, we learn a lot from fictional novels. The facts may not be realistically true, but the emotional lessons are just as strong. Fictional characters can bring a whole new perspective to topics we persistently thought only had a one-way route. They teach us to believe in the impossible and that limits do not exist, only obstacles.

Here are some books I have read that may give further insight on the effects islands have on our lives.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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4 Responses to Books Inspired by Islands

  1. wcturgeon says:

    I have thought of both The Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Lord of the Flies but I am not familiar with the Christie mystery. I will have to check it out. Islands play a large role in fiction for so many reasons…

  2. Barbara says:

    I read Lord of the Flies in high school, and was shocked at how those kids become so brutal towards each other. And I agree with u that although it’s a fiction, but it does teach us lessons.

  3. Yankee says:

    It’s amazing how islands serve as metaphor. When you reach a certain level of literature, metaphor and symbolism are not two different things: they are entwined together at the heel.

    Islands can be used to emphasize isolation, loneliness and fear of the unknown; but they can also be used to emphasize freedom, limits and our capacity to surpass them and the appreciation and validation we receive for our existence when juxtaposing life on an island compared to life in a bustling civilization.

    Lords of the Flies is a great example of how isolation changes or, more likely, reveals the truth of human nature and the levels at which we’re prepared to go in an instant in order to survive just from moment to moment.

  4. Angela says:

    I remember reading Lord of the Flies back in eighth grade and was appalled by the behavior of young boys acting in such a manner when left on their own on an island. I find it very interesting how people can change so drastically when it comes to survival, as what once may have seemed like the boys were in to help one another, it turned into every man for himself.

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