An Island to Oneself Hardcover – September 1, 1990
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- Publisher : Ox Bow Press; Reprint edition (September 1, 1990)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 255 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0918024765
- ISBN-13 : 978-0918024763
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.25 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #779,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I wish the book was 1,000 pages longer--the visit to Anchorage Island just wasn't long enough. I think that Mr Neale mixed a perfect amount of detail and reverie into the story. One person (the only person) who gave the book 1 star complained that the book was not philosophical enough. I get that--but when you see what comsumed Tom's day, fishing, farming, protecting from the elements, cleaning, machining various fixes, navigating between the various motus, etc., you get a feel for the truth of this existence more than you would if he had taken frequent litereary trips. And you get enough of his "philosophy" when he explains his various longings, losses, and dashed hopes.
It is remarkable that this story is being passed down through the decades with virtually 0 publicity or corporate push. This is testament to the innate wanderer in all of us. As a fellow reader we now have a sort of kinship.
By the way--someone produced this short video retrospective that you may enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q4HIvEqwNA
I remember the original edition included the story of his war with the pigs but unfortunately this episode is missing in the more recent edition. I could not understand his fervour in destroying them and think he should have maintained this alternative protein source, but I wasn't there!
If you like a simple adventure story and it is true then get this book.
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What I liked though was the portrayal of the man as well as the coming to terms with life on the island.
A great read.