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The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean () is a novel written by Scottish author R. M. has suggested that Ballantyne must have written one chapter of The Coral Island with Williams' book open in front of him, so similar is the text. Start by marking “The Coral Island” as Want to Read: Fifteen-year-old Ralph, mischievous young Peterkin and clever, brave Jack are shipwrecked on a coral reef with only a telescope and a broken pocketknife between them. Born Robert Michael Ballantyne in Edinburgh, he was part of a. THE CORAL ISLANDby aracer.mobityne published by Hesperus Minor * Ralph, Jack and Peterkin find themselves the sole Home / Books / The Coral Island.

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Coral Island Book The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne, Fiction, Literary, Action & Adventure (): R. M. Ballantyne: Books. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project The Coral Island by R. M. Ballantyne. No cover Read this book online: HTML. The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean () is a novel written by of its type, the book first went on sale in late and has never been out of print.

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Price 2'6. As excited as I was to read it, I was a little disconcerted by the superficiality of the beginning in which less than a page of introduction passes before our narrator was at sea and less than three before the shipwreck. The writing also, seemed superficial and unsatisfying compared to my expectations. Then I was sucked into the story and didn't really emerge until the end when the writing again was choppy, the story unlikely, and the ending astonishingly abrupt.

And then, of course, I realised that the little dragons of my childhood, like readers digests, must have aimed to give the story, stripped down for kids.

This book says that it is 'a tale based on Despite this it was a fun, fun story. An innocent, childlike and occasionally childish adventure of three impossibly nice and kindly boys between years old that ends impossibly happily. Total suspension of disbelief is needed for it: The fact that Ballantyne was an educated man, familiar with the writings of Darwin and Wallace and very well read on 'current' subjects relating to the tropics does come through but it is an idealised fantasy island he has created.

Also, writing as a 's man, it is imperialist and racist, though the missionaries have been carefully and entirely deleted from this book there are enough other references to ruffle the feathers of a modern reader. The idea that a 18 year old cabin boy with a tree branch can defeat a grown man who is a practiced warrior by virtue of his 'white superiority' left me with tears of laughter in my eyes. Also, the 's were convinced that every black race were inveterate, persistent cannibals and that element is strongly part of our youthful heros adventure's.

They have no sex drive, they never swear, they are completely moral and never hurt each other beyond the occasional very mild prank. They are utterly unbelievable and yet strangely likable in their unreality. Despite the innocence and fun of the story, In my view at least, it is no longer suitable for children, not even "Older boys and girls years " let alone ones , that are the Red Dragon's target market. I very strongly feel the the phenomenal levels of racism are unsuited to non adults in the 's.

The very idea of having to explain to my 13 year old godson with his many Fijian friends, why the book is claiming they are all cannibals who kill each other without mercy or compassion gives me cold shudders. But it has whetted my appetite for reading the whole, unabridged story that Ballantyne wrote, for sure!

Feb 17, Rick Silva rated it liked it. I don't tend to reread very many books, but this was one that I loved when I read it as a pre-teen. I decided to try reading it to my son in chapters.

First half was great. Classic adventure story with three teenaged boys shipwrecked on the iconic deserted island in the South Pacific. Their story of survival together is perhaps a bit overly optimistic, but it's still great fun.

When the book moves into its second act, and pirates and Pacific Islander natives become involved, it takes a turn into I don't tend to reread very many books, but this was one that I loved when I read it as a pre-teen.

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When the book moves into its second act, and pirates and Pacific Islander natives become involved, it takes a turn into some pretty graphic violence, and I found myself having to skip a lot when reading to my son just because it really wasn't appropriate for his age. It also presents a lot of severe racial stereotypes and inaccuracies, probably typical for its genre and time of writing, but no less disturbing. Interestly, this book almost certainly more so than the similarly-themed Robinson Crusoe was obviously a strong influence on Golding's Lord of the Flies.

One aspect that I did really like in this story was the loyalty between the three boys, and their readiness to express their love for each other and their fears when things go wrong.

The range of emotion is missing from a lot of more current adventure stories featuring boys, and it was a nice recurring theme, especially in the first half.

I had very little memory of the negative aspects of this book from my original reading of it, so it was an interesting experience to revisit it with a few decades of additional life experience. Feb 19, Micaiah rated it really liked it Shelves: The Coral Island was truly a masterpiece. I now understand why it was one of the most well-loved Ballantyne books of its time and even today. The characters were impeccable. I fell in love with them immediately.

The storyline was fascinating and well-written. All around, it was fantastic. Another add to this wonderful book is the Gospel message that R.

It was a riveting and intriguing story of three boys trapped on a lonely coral island out in the Pacific Ocean, and the many adventures and perilous happenings that befell them.

Suffice to say, I loved it! Oh, the characters! They were fantastic. Jack, Peterkin, and Ralph were the perfect trio.

They worked well together. Scratch that. They worked perfectly together. I have to say that thirteen-year-old, Peterkin Gay was my favorite. He was lively, humorous, incredibly energetic, and mischievous. But he also has a real depth to him that shows on those rare occasions.

Ralph was philosophical, studious, and absolutely charming. He often trails off into deep patterns of thought, which is quite interesting, and, honestly, kind of fun. Suffice to say, I loved him. Jack, the brains and brawn, was the leader. Who knows what would have happened to Ralph and Peterkin had Jack not been on that coral island with them!

He showed courage and bravery many times throughout the entire book, and was truly sacrificial. Always the one to whom both younger boys looked to when in doubt actually, when in trouble , he showed wisdom and always had a plan. Conclusion sorry, this was a long review: The Coral Island was a wild and adventurous mix of desert coral islands, dangerous pirates, unmerciful savages, and one crazy journey from England to the Pacific Ocean, intertwined with Godly principles and an ocean-full of humor.

It espoused principles such as: The Coral Island was a fantastic book that I absolutely loved. I recommend it to those who enjoy adventure and historical fiction. Dec 23, L. Fidler rated it liked it Shelves: Jack is elected captain, he espouses the importance of reading books, and is measured a philosopher by the wily Peterkin. Jan 26, Pramod Nair rated it really liked it. I still remember the glow i felt as an eleven year old boy while i sat mesmerized reading this tale of wonderful adventure.

A Classic! Feb 08, Ebookwormy1 rated it liked it Shelves: It's an interesting thing to read a book written in and see how much the world, and our perceptions of it, have changed. Ballantyne's style is typical of the time, with loquacious description of the environment and characters.

Ballantyne's thorough research and detailed descriptions of banyan trees, mangos the plum like fruit not named , penguins, It's an interesting thing to read a book written in and see how much the world, and our perceptions of it, have changed. Ballantyne's thorough research and detailed descriptions of banyan trees, mangos the plum like fruit not named , penguins, the growth patterns of palm trees and the sweetness of coconut brought to them a bright, sunny, new world, much like a science fiction book of today - except Ballantyne was describing something REAL on the other side of the planet.

It's easy to imagine how his target audience, young men, was enchanted even as young women and adults joined in the adventure. Another feature of the time is how the narrator, Jack, heeds his mothers advice to read the Bible every day, and is distressed by his loss of the text in the shipwreck. Periodically, Jack breaks out in praise to the LORD, exclaiming over the beauty of their deserted prison and it's abundant provision for their needs. This aura of goodness is typical of early Robinsonade's and the original, Robinson Crusoe, and makes them wonderful reads for the young.

Ballantyne's works are complemented by his contemporary G. Henty, who wrote for the same audience and featured similar themes. As such, both gentlemen are seeing a resurgence of interest by the homeschooling community. While descriptions of far off lands are tedious for adults of this age, children who are discovering the world find them just as fascinating as their original readers. In addition, reading these books creates an interest in both other places and other times.

I have found they are easily available as ebooks for download we got a set off site for free! I don't have time to digest all his work, as Ballantyne wrote over books, but I'm happy to turn them over to my voracious reader, knowing they shall be free from harm and full of goodness.

I remain a little jealous that I can't indulge in them as I would have, if I'd discovered them at a younger age. The incredible production of each of these authors, Ballantyne, Henty and later Ransom, makes them valuable referrals for middle school readers who devour titles, and even high schoolers who would like something easier to plow through.

It will take them a good portion of their time to digest all that is available and will grow them in the process. Robinson Crusoe, Defoe, https: Lord of the Flies, Golding, https: With Lee in Virginia, G.

Henty, https: This adventure novel is perhaps Ballantyne's best work. With R. Ballantyne being a Christian Presbyterian this novel is explicitly so. It is a tale of three lads, Ralph, Peterkin, and Jack, who get isolated on the Coral Island after their ship is wrecked and they the sole survivors.

They must struggle to make their way and survive in this island. They learn to hunt, fish, and get their own food. Their friendship grows stronger. It all seems like they are the only ones on this island until one This adventure novel is perhaps Ballantyne's best work.

The Coral Island – R. M. Ballantyne

It all seems like they are the only ones on this island until one day, barbaric savages, who lack the true God in them, come upon the island.

The lads decide to try to hide but when they see a savage beating up a savage woman Jack rushes to the scene to save the woman's life. Indeed, it is a true act of bibical manliness. Later in the book, more people come. This time, pirates. They kidnap Ralph but fail to capture Jack and Peterkin due to their being in hiding. The pirates, that is Bloody Bill, bring Ralph to a more populated island with savages. The savages truly need the love of God in them.

There is a missionary there, but Bloody Bill disaproves of him. Can these savages escape their life of sin and misery? It's all for you to find out. Some say this book has racism in it due to the Indians being called savages and barbarians.

I think it not. I don't get offended when I read that my Anglo-Saxon ancestors were savages and barbaricit's because they were and hadn't yet found Christ! May 14, Leila rated it it was amazing.

I read this book as a child lots of times and really loved it. I read it again when I bought it during and finished it some time later that year, I cannot remember it well enough now to write a worthwhile review except to remember the magic in the story that lifted me and transported me into another world.

A boy named Ralph and his two friends Peterkin and and Jack, were shipwrecked and managed to get to a coral island. The " false gods " [30] of Mango are consigned to the flames, and the boys set sail for home, older and wiser.

All Ballantyne's novels are, in his own words, "adventure stories for young folks", and The Coral Island is no exception. The Coral Island , for all its adventure, is greatly occupied with the realism of domestic fiction the domain of the realist novel ; Ballantyne devotes about a third of the book to descriptions of the boys' living arrangements. It is not meant for him. Daphne Kutzer has observed that "the swift movement of the story from coastal England to exotic Pacific island is similar to the swift movement from the real world to the fantastic in children's fantasy".

To a modern reader Ballantyne's books can seem overly concerned with accounts of flora and fauna, [38] an "ethnographic gloss" intended to suggest that their settings are real places offering adventures to those who can reach them. The major themes of the novel revolve around the influence of Christianity, the importance of social hierarchies, and the inherent superiority of civilised Europeans over the South Sea islanders; Martine Dutheil, professor of English, considers the novel "a key text mapping out colonial relations in the Victorian period".

The supposed civilising influence of missionaries in spreading Christianity among the natives of the South Seas is an important theme of the second half of the story; [16] as Jack remarks to Peterkin, "all the natives of the South Sea Islands are fierce cannibals, and they have little respect for strangers".

The importance of hierarchy and leadership is also a significant element. The overarching hierarchy of race is informed by Victorian concepts, influenced by the new theories of evolution proposed by Darwin and others. In morals and culture, the natives are placed lower on the evolutionary ladder than are Europeans, as is evidenced in the battle over the native woman Avatea, which pits "the forces of civilization versus the forces of cannibalism".

Although Jack, Ralph and Peterkin each have a say in how they should organise themselves, ultimately the younger boys defer to Jack, [44] "a natural leader", [39] particularly in a crisis, forming a natural hierarchy. The pirates also have a hierarchy, but one without democracy, and as a consequence are wiped out.

The hierarchy of the natives is imposed by savagery. Ballantyne's message is that leaders should be respected by those they lead, and govern with their consent. Modern critics find darker undertones in the novel. In an essay published in College English in , Martine Dutheil states that The Coral Island can be thought of as epitomising a move away from "the confidence and optimism of the early Victorian proponents of British imperialism " toward "self-consciousness and anxiety about colonial domination".

She locates this anxiety in what she calls the "rhetoric of excess" that features in the descriptions of cannibalism, and especially in the accounts of Fijian savagery provided by Bloody Bill most notably that of the sacrifice of children to the eel gods and the missionary, a representative of the London Missionary Society , an "emblematic figure of colonial fiction".

Colonial Discourse from Cook to Gauguin The exploration of the relationship between nature and evangelical Christianity is another typically Victorian theme. Coral connects the two ideas. Literary critic Katharine Anderson explains that coral jewellery, popular in the period, had a "pious significance".

The novel's setting provides the backdrop for a meditation in the style of Jean-Jacques Rousseau , who promoted an educational setting in which lessons are provided by direct interactions with the natural world rather than by books and coercive teachers.

The Coral Island was an almost instant success, and was translated into almost every European language within fifty years of its publication. The novel was still considered a classic for English primary school children in the early 20th century. Robert Louis Stevenson 's novel Treasure Island was in part inspired by The Coral Island , [64] which he admired for its "better qualities", [6] as was J. Barrie 's character Peter Pan ; both Stevenson and Barrie had been "fervent boy readers" of the novel.

Henty was also influenced by Ballantyne's audience-friendly method of didactism. William Golding 's novel Lord of the Flies was written as a counterpoint to or even a parody of [66] The Coral Island , [67] and Golding makes explicit references to it.

At the end of the novel, for instance, one of the naval officers who rescues the children mentions the book, commenting on the hunt for one of their number, Ralph, as a "jolly good show. Like the Coral Island".

The Coral Island by R. M. Ballantyne

The Coral Island was adapted into a children's television series in a joint venture between Thames Television and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in , first shown on Australian and British television in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the geographical feature, see coral island. I saw that these inhuman monsters were actually launching their canoe over the living bodies of their victims.

They find themselves caught up in a conflict between the converted and non-converted islanders, and in attempting to intervene are taken prisoner. They are released a month later after the arrival of another missionary, and the conversion of the remaining islanders. Click on the button below and enter your name and email address to get the latest updates about books, events, and more!

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