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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly absorbing, 4 Jun 2012
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For a book in which very little happens, except a plane crash early on in the story, this is an unexpectedly absorbing and entertaining romp. Graham Worthington's prose is wonderfully imaginative, his lyrical descriptions bringing each episode to life. What is particularly thorough are the thought processes, the mental anguish, and the restrained temptations that Stuart, the marooned survivor, ponders in regard to his fellow castaway, the eleven-year-old Tania.
Had the author not wrestled with the obviously distasteful pangs of paedophilia, this novel may have become more prominent. It is only because he honestly and necessarily delves into the perverted thoughts that accompany an adult male marooned for months with a preteen who is herself becoming sexually curious, that he no doubt will have alienated a proportion of the reading public.
Obviously, comparisons will be made with Lolita. The author claims his 'hero' was, like Humbert, first molested by the girl. Only then were his morals abandoned as he yields to temptations and resorts to introspection. Compare this scenario with Anthony Nobbs 'The Belvedere Field'The Belvedere Field (Vanguard) in which an unsuspecting student is abused by an even younger preteen girl.
What I did find annoying were the sporadic chapters related to the colonel into which he digressed. It was like reading two paralled stories. I found I could easily skip those chapters without detracting from the main storyline.
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