- Hardcover: 255 pages
- Publisher: Ox Bow Press; Reprint edition (September 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0918024765
- ISBN-13: 978-0918024763
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Island to Oneself Reprint Edition
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A fascinating story of what it takes to survive and a great character study of the type of person who can/would do it.
Tom lived the lazy island life but wasn't satisfied and finally went out to pull a Robinson Crusoe (at the age of 50!). And this was in the 50s. He had no satellite phone to get him out in an emergency, no doppler weather reports, no Honda(tm) generator.
On top of that, he had no safety net. Off the regular shipping channels, he had no scheduled visits, just some random people who happened to pass by and say hi. It was just his skill, determination and a great knowledge of island living that allowed him to survive and thrive.
His daily struggles (from pesky hermit crabs up to life threatening injuries) are a fascinating peek into a life most people will never experience.
After you finish it, be sure check out Wikipedia and the web for more information (and pics) on his life after this book.
An amazing read that ends much too quickly.
I thought the best moments in the book are when Tom is describing his friend the duck or his cats...or just his total happiness.
I have a couple minor negative points to add: The book was written in 1966 & the newest edition available was printed in 1990. The "postscript" in my 1990 edition says that Tom left Suvarov in December 1963 for a variety of circumstances & was going to live out his days on Rarotonga rather than die a lonely death on an isolated island.
I was very suprised to find out via the internet that he went back in 1967 & lived there until 1977. I think a postscript in a book written in 1990 should have this information in it.
I also thought it was strange that when you read the book Tom describes his life between 1954 & 1960 as a terrible time where daily he tried to find a way to get back to Suvarov , worked in a dreary store & after work would go home every day & work on a boat he was building. He mentions a few friends and not much else. When I looked up his history after reading the book I see that in this time he got married & 2 years after this became a father. I think it just shows that Tom was a very private person by not even mentioning this in his book.
Being a great fan of the south pacific I now have an even greater drive to remain a fan of that bright, hot and so alive place.
My dream is to move to an island one day, maybe not in such remote and isolated conditions as Mr. Neale, but to `My Island' nonetheless.
I was sad when Tom's story closed but have been motivated to seek other literary routes to islands south while I remain here temporarily `stranded' in my desert!
God bless Mr. Neale's soul and may Tom forever rest in peace
I also recommend the following Great Island Stories (to name a few):
"Island of Desire" Robert Dean Frisbie
"Man on His Island" James S. Rockefeller Jr.
"Lost Island" James Normal Hall
"Rascals in Paradise" James A. Michener & A. Grove Day
"Robinson Crusoe" Daniel Defoe
"Kon-Tiki" Thor Heyerdahl
"Tales of the South Pacific" James A. Michener
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the most interesting, heartwarming, & one of my favorite books of all time. A real no-laier-downer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tom Bates
I wish this had been available on Kindle! Enjoyed the read, it's somewhat in the vein of Dick Proenneke, and elicited similar comments from my family while I was reading it... Read morePublished 4 months ago by dfbarnes
Great story of both the enjoyment and the hardships that Tom Neale went through during his time as the only human on the island of Suwarrow.Published 6 months ago by Fuzzycop
What a great book--can't even remember how I found it.
I wish the book was 1,000 pages longer--the visit to Anchorage Island just wasn't long enough. Read more
My Favourite Book. Tom Neale escapes the rat race and settles alone on an uninhabited Island.
A modern day Robinson Crusoe.
Share His Journey and Life.
I read this book many years ago, and as it is one of my all time favorites, I'm thrilled to see it is still in publication. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rob K. Montero