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The Blue Lagoon

H. De Vere Stacpoole

Book Overview: 

Two shipwrecked children grow up on a South Pacific island. This beautiful story of adventure and innocent love was H.D. Stacpoole’s most popular work.

Made into a popular movie starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And all with a terrible languor of movement. Vast and lazy and sinister, yet steadfast of purpose as Fate or Death, the fog advanced, taking the world for its own.

Against this grey and indescribably sombre background stood the smouldering ship with the breeze already shivering in her sails, and the smoke from her main-hatch blowing and beckoning as if to the retreating boats.

"Why's the ship smoking like that?" asked Dick. "And look at those boats coming—when are we going back, daddy?"

"Uncle," said Emmeline, putting her hand in his, as she gazed towards the ship and beyond it, "I'm 'fraid."

"What frightens you, Emmy?" he asked, drawing her to him.

"Shapes," replied Emmeline, nestling up to his side.

"Oh, Glory be to God!" gasped the old sailor, suddenly resting on his oars. "Will yiz look at the fog that's comin'—"

"I think we had better wait here for the boats," said. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I can see this being a tuff read for some ppl as its pretty much all descriptive. my five star rating comes from the fact that it was published in the 1900's and deals with some pretty controversial issues, especially dealing with children and teens. I loved this book, but some of that may be roo...more

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Excelente!!!

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

Una historia en dónde dos niños sobreviven a un naufragio y son criadas por Paddy, un viejo soldado naviero,...more

الكتاب ده جيه في وقته، سلام داخلي وأنت بتقراه بعيد عن دوشة كل حاجة حتى دوشة الكتب، لا صراع ولا نزاع ولا ملحمية ولا فلسفية ولا عمق ولا توتر أعصاب ولا أي حاجة غير ان انت هتخلص الكتاب بدون أي أستراحة، علشان الأحداث هادية وماشية على وتر واحد ومافيش مبالغات من الكاتب، بإختصار اللي حصل حصل واللي كان كا...more

Stacpoole's 1907 novel tells of two innocent children who find themselves marooned on a tropical island in the Pacific after the ship carrying them to San Francisco catches fire and eventually explodes. They are initially accompanied by Paddy Button, an illiterate sailor who dies in a drunken stu...more

I have long had an obsession with the 1980 (Brooke Shields) version of this movie. I will stop whatever I'm doing if The Blue Lagoon is on tv - including schoolwork, chores, a run, etc. I had no idea that this novel was such a hit in its time and has been made into not one but three different mov...more

Henry de Vere Stacpoole writes beautifully and I loved The Beach of Dreams: A Romance and The Man Who Lost Himself. This is his most famous book and was made into a movie (which I have not seen). I found it rather uneven. The book opens with a ship fire that strands two young children--cousins--i...more

It seems that many people base their opinions on this book by how well it stood up to the 80s movie. Well, I have not seen the movie, nor do I want to. The book describes things perfectly.

After their ship catches fire, two children (cousins) are tossed into a dingy with Paddy, an able seaman. The...more

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