Young Sweet Delight Review: The Blue Lagoon by Henry De Vere Stacpoole

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Young Sweet Delight Review: The Blue Lagoon by Henry De Vere Stacpoole
The Blue Lagoon

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Series: The Blue Lagoon #1
Genres: Historical Romance, YA Historical Romance
Published by Dover Publications
Released on November 12, 2013
Pages: 134
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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The Delight

When I watched a movie adaption and even years afterward, I had no idea The Blue Lagoon was based on a book originally published in 1908 by a man who had experienced travel through the South Seas in his own adventures as a doctor aboard ship. This made me eager to give this classic a try when I needed one for the COYER Classic Readathon.

Review

Stacpoole’s description of setting and life aboard ship and the island was captivating and drew me into that world. His poetic writing style was partly lovely, but also distracting. He explored a what if with his story. What if two innocent children were marooned on an island alone? How would they survive? What would form their education in all matters? I thought he drew this portrait well.

Em is something of a thinker and dreamer. Not a very practical person and somewhat nervy. Alone, her survival would have been impossible. But, her cousin Dick was there with her and Dick was an adventurous, bold, practical-minded personality and he more than thrived in primitive island life.

The story establishes them on the island  with an old sailor after they were separated from the rest of their ship party. Paddy is prone to yarns and drinking, but he guided the children early on. The rest of the book moved forward in time to two young teens who are at the cusp of adulthood. They can only wonder at a deadly battle of islanders from another island that took place there, a stone idol from days gone by, and the push-pull feelings inside them toward each other.  They were innocents and had no idea especially when they started to have feelings for each other.

For those wondering about the sexual side since these were younger teens. The author was gentle with this and didn’t dwell on or detail out. It was part of their awakening around the usual time people get sexually active and they were both willing.

This was a quick read and had a romantic and realistic balance in how survivors would make out on a deserted South Seas island and how children would grow into adults when left alone not long after their eighth year.  The ending was bittersweet and a little mysterious. There are further books in a trilogy that carry the story past that open-ended point.  Incidentally, I would equate it with other classics that tend to fall in the group that could be read by young adults or adults because of the writing style and topics.

So, I enjoyed this old-fashioned romantic island survival story and will definitely read more of Stacpoole’s work to see what comes next in the Blue Lagoon trilogy.  If you’re looking for a classic that is easy reading and has an exotic location, try this one.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Jen
Jen
3 months ago

OH WOW! I had no idea that movie was based on an old book. I was too young to see the movie when it first came out, but did see it on TV years later. I’m glad to know that the source material is solid and probably better than the movie! I’d love to know what the other books are about – I’ll be on the look out for future reviews.

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  Jen

Yeah, that was a neat surprise when I was looking through the classics on the library site for the readathon and came across it. Ha, I was too young for it, too, but had one of those friends’ houses where the mom let us watch anything. 😉

sherry fundin
3 months ago

i love to discover a movie based on a book, especially one that old. glad it stood the test of time
sherry @ <a href=”http://www.fundinmental.com/”> fundinmental</a>

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

Yes, it was fun reading the book after seeing the movie years ago and realizing the book was a pretty solid story.

Carole Rae
3 months ago

I had no idea there was a book either! Woah!

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yeah, pretty cool, right?

Mary Kirkland
2 months ago

Wait. What? That movie was based on a book? I watched The Blue Lagoon movie so many years ago and had no idea.

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I know, pretty cool, right? 🙂

Lover of Romance
2 months ago

This one sounds so incredible and I didn’t realize the movie was based on such a classic of a book. I love seeing those exotic locale’s as the setting for books like this. Glad you enjoyed it as much as you did.

Sophia Rose
2 months ago

Yeah, it was obvious the author had done extensive traveling and seen the conditions where he set his story. Pretty good stuff!

Debbie Haupt
2 months ago

Hmm I didn’t know it was based on a book either but you’ve got me intrigued Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Yeah, that was a neat discovery. 🙂

Mareli @ Elza Reads
2 months ago

I also had no idea it was based on a book and that from 1908!! Good grief. I love that cover, it’s beautiful.

Lovely review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
2 months ago

Isn’t that something? I enjoyed that little surprise when I was looking at a list of classics. Yes, love that cover, too, Mareli!

Iza
Iza
1 month ago

A perfect novel when you’re stuck at home, then ^^ I didn’t know the movie was adapted from a novel, I learned something today 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Iza

Isn’t that neat to discover? I didn’t know, either.

vvb
vvb
1 month ago

Whoa, cool tidbit about the movie version. Now, I’m curious to read this too!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  vvb

I thought that was neat, too. The sequel is even better. 🙂

vvb
vvb
1 month ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

The sequel? I may have to go on a Blue Lagoon binge including the movie adaptations 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  vvb

Definitely! I thought the sequel book was better than the original story. It’s called Garden of God. There is a third story, but it is a separate standalone- plus it’s harder to find. I found both The Blue Lagoon and Garden of God at Project Gutenberg. Here’s the link to Garden of God: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/58593 and link for Blue Lagoon: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/393

Oh yes, a movie fest after reading the books would be fun, Velvet. 🙂