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The Coconut Book: A Novel (English Edition)

the coconut book maynard richard

And then the music begins. All in all, Maynard's probing eye contributes to a subtle, moving treatment of what's at heart an old and predictable story. Its events unfold over a period of months: At first daunted by the prospects of finding drinking water, catching crabs and harvesting shellfish, he gradually applies his analytic powers to the practicalities of survival. Inside is a paperback novel with pencil scrawlings between every printed line. Next, he decides he sees the music's source--another island on the horizon, and soon he's climbing a palm tree, bugling on a shell, signaling to the revelers he sees dancing on the far shore. It is a haunting psychological version of Robinson Crusoe that captures the trials of a man in isolation, fighting to survive physically and mentally on a sandy, barrensave for seven coconut treesisland in the South Pacific. Certain of the imminence of death, he began the journal to provide ballast for his seesawing sanity.

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the coconut book maynard richard

One day he will find the courage to swim over to the island, following the sounds of music. In a remarkable feat of imaginative skill, Richard Maynard records the thoughts, feelings and struggle for survival of the ultimate castaway, a man whose name and background we are never told but whose inner life we come to know intimately. He lacks Robinson Crusoe's resourcefulness, and things go pretty badly for him in this tight and readable book. It takes the form of a survival diary written by a lone castaway on a desert island. In terse, understated prose, Maynard grippingly evokes the loneliness, fear and mounting despair of a man isolated from the human community.

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The Coconut Book: A Novel (English Edition)

the coconut book maynard richard

The story brings you on an inward journey through mind and actions of a cast-a-way. Reef Four, as he names it, becomes the equivalent of a mistress: it's his solace, his inspiration, the source of his deepest fears and disappointments. He writes his story in a battered paperback novel, covering the space between printed lines and around the margins before packing the book into a coconut shell and sending it out to drift to sea, hoping that it will be found. I could not put it down as I was engrossed in the scenario and predicament of the main character. The diary represents this modern-day Crusoe's attempt to keep his sanity.

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This book should at least be reprinted as it deserves to more widely exposed. He stretches himself, having to improvise implements to stay alive. It's the diary of a nameless survivor of a plane wreck, who was washed up on a tiny island with the clothes on his back, the novel and two pencils, a pair of eyeglasses and a penknife. In a remarkable feat of imagin There is a forgotten castaway one an island in the thousands of miles of the Pacific Ocean. The narrative is, in fact, a story within a story, for the enigma of the castaway is brought to light when a coconut containing a written account of his ordeal is discovered by vacationers who search for him unsuccessfully. A floating coconut, tied up in denim strips, is plucked out of the ocean by a party of fishermen near Bougainville in the South Pacific. As an even more tenuous reality sets in, space between the lines runs out and the diary ends.

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Book Review: The Coconut Book by Richard Maynard, Author Grove Press $7.95 (174p) ISBN 978

the coconut book maynard richard

Alone on his few square yards of sand, rocks and stunted palms he writes of his despair and self-pity, his triumphs and fantasies, his struggle to stay alive. He writes his story in a battered paperback novel, covering the space between printed lines and around the margins before packing the book into a coconut shell and sending it out to drift to sea, hoping that it will be found. You will find yourself coming to these same thoughts as you read on. Visited by people he once knew, he realizes they are hallucinations but nonetheless discusses philosophy with them. He writes his story in a battered paperback novel, covering the space between printed lines and around the margins before packing the book into a coconut shell and sending it out to drift to sea, hoping that it will be found. A co-worker passed on this interesting little novel to me, as it was written by one of our freelancers in the 1980s. But as his diet improves, he starts to create ghosts--he has long conversations with a former schoolteacher about his predicament and the meaning of life, and he ravishes a luscious woman whom he calls Deirdre.

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the coconut book maynard richard

When he runs out of paper, we understand he has also reached the end of his mental tether. Who is this forgotten man? There is a forgotten castaway one an island in the thousands of miles of the Pacific Ocean. There is a forgotten castaway one an island in the thousands of miles of the Pacific Ocean. . Maynard's sure-handed first novel is a quiet, affecting take on the desert-island standard.

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Book Review: The Coconut Book by Richard Maynard, Author Grove Press $7.95 (174p) ISBN 978

the coconut book maynard richard

As time goes by, dreams and reality begin to blend. He occupies his time by measuring the island that has become his prison, and the solitary spider that shares his home becomes his only friend. One day he will find the courage to swim over to the island, following the sounds of music. Who is this forgotten man? He occupies his time by measuring the island that has become his prison, and the solitary spider that shares his home becomes his only friend. He finds a realm of pure pleasure, too, a beautiful offshore reef populated by fish of every shape and color.

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The Coconut Book: A Novel (English Edition)

the coconut book maynard richard

Nights, it seems to float in over the ocean. We are never told his name, his age or even what he looks like beyond the sketchiest clues. He realises that the elderly man who appears before him is a figment of his imagination, as her the sounds of music and laughter that float across the sea from an island that seems to be in the distant haze. Who is this forgotten man? In a remarkable feat of imaginative skill, Richard Maynard records the thoughts, feelings and struggle for survival of the ultimate castaway, a man whose name and background we are never told but whose inner life we come to know intimately. As time goes by, dreams and reality begin to blend.

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the coconut book maynard richard

Maynard's first novel, already acclaimed in England, is an impressive debut. He realises that the elderly man who appears before him is a figment of his imagination, as her the sounds of music and laughter that float across the sea from an island that seems to be in the distant haze. Alone on his few square yards of sand, rocks and stunted palms he writes of his despair and self-pity, his triumphs and fantasies, his struggle to stay alive. . . .

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