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The first 3/4 were amazing, but fell apart by the end. It reminded me a lot of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. If you enjoy adventure, survival, with a hint of SciFi (imo) you will enjoy most of this novel. I won't spoil the end, but once the unrealistic heroic actions started happening (him returning) it got very boring and too larger than life for me to like. Would of been a 5/5 but it fell apart at the end.
Great tale well told. Joyce artfully delivers a true-to-form rendition of Ballantyne's wonderful coming-of-age epic, set in the early days of sail in the South Seas. Bravo!
If you could sum up The Coral Island in three words, what would they be?
Thrilling, Fun, Informative.
What did you like best about this story?
This is an old fashioned adventure with all the elements needed to transport you to the islands of the South Pacific and give you a jolly good time. I read this book for the first time when I was 12 years old. I am now 59 and I have re-read it many times throughout my life.
What about Peter Joyce’s performance did you like?
Peter Joyce delivered the story with enthusiasm and feeling.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
A Jolly Good Adventure
Any additional comments?
This is my favorite book ever
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I first read this book as an avid teenage bookworm and it has remained engrained in my memory ever since!
Now in my mid-fifties it wasn't quite the same of course but it was still a very enjoyable and enthralling experience!