- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Abacus (6 Jun. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349115028
- ISBN-13: 978-0349115023
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Solomon Time: Adventures in the South Pacific Paperback – 6 Jun 2002
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Will reluctantly accepts the challenge with no idea of the extent of the changes that he is about to encounter living the slow paced life on the South Sea Islands.
With a relatively unknown tropical back drop, Will relates his story through his reserved English eyes, as he struggles with rinsing the rat race from his skin and replacing it with coconut oil and chicken feed...
The Solomon Islands are a beautiful subject and Will's obscure task is an unusual tale. It left me pining to learn to sail, get myself a boat and explore the desert islands, maybe following the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson's, Robinson Crusoe, and more recently, Will Randall, but it is one of the few areas barely touched by tourists, so it would be a shame to spoil it.
An uplifting, light read.
WARMING & RELAXING
Randall experiences a delayed coming of age on New Georgia Island, a process he documents in this good-humored tale, filled with delightful characters and observations about life in a community in which there is little change. Ingenuous and unambitious, he enjoys the lullaby rhythms of life in the tropics, but he eventually determines that raising chickens would both provide income and expand the limited diet of the villagers. Describing how he sets up this business, he also comments on village mores, including the cannibalism which existed until the early 20th century. He briefs the reader on the World War II history of the nearby island of Guadalcanal, retells the story of JFK and PT-109, which went down in the Solomon Islands, and describes his own personal disasters, mocking himself at one point, after he falls overboard in shark infested waters and watches as his motorized canoe continues on its way.Read more ›
What first attracted me to the book was the front cover illustrations, the picture turned the miserable day that I was having, into a bright sunny one. I wanted to jump into the picture and forget all my troubles.
On opening the book and reading the prologue, I continued to read for the rest of the day and did not take part in any activities until I had finished. The book has certainly inspired me, but whether I will pack my bags and head off to pastures new remains to be seen.
Solomon Time is an amazing adventure full of emotion, humour and a tremendous amount of hard work by Will and his friends in Mendali. I was ecstatic when the business finally got underway, I felt so happy knowing that the people of this village were self sufficient and were able to run a successful business standing on their own to feet. Hence the opening of Chicken Willy's.
The book I am sure will inspire you as much as it did me, and will make you want to pack up a rucksack and venture off to sample these beautiful islands in the south pacific.
Well done Will.I am very much looking forward to your next book.
Long live Chicken Willy's !!!
From page one, it is an absolute joy, and one that I was loathe to finish (I tried to read it over several days, but gave up and immersed myself over 24 hours).
Solomon Time is written with humour, honesty and a warmth toward the islands and people of the Solomons that shines out. It's the literary equivalent of hot chocolate fudge sundae.
I hope that we have some more from Will soon!
the author's self-effacing style quickly endears him to you and his anecdotes will have you grinning like a fool. This is an engaging and easy book to read, one of those where you feel a sense of loss on its completion. I really can't recommend this book highly enough!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very enjoyable read. Randall tells a very funny and interesting story. If you like reading of far away places with no mobiles, no internet and no tourists you'll really enjoy... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dylan Thomas
I have read two other books buy this author and enjoy his style of writing which is witty but not annoyingly so.Published 16 months ago by suzi q
My father lived in the Solomon Islands for over 10 years on tulagi .... as did we on holidays ... marvellous place which seems to be depicted very well in the book.Published 22 months ago by Mrs Sarah Pogson
As a young boy, I used to delight in the books of Lillian Beckwith. She described her adventures, as she left her life as a teacher in England, to be plunged into a totally new... Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2010 by Lance Mitchell
I have just ordered two of Will's other publications after realising I have some travel time coming up in the next month or so and wish to while away the hours. Read morePublished on 6 April 2010 by David Thompson
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