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Interesting, particularly as one of the first books on the subject.
on 29 May 2012
When one reads "Castaway", it can feel a bit familiar and seem like you are retreading old ground, but it must be remembered that this book was one of the first on the "desert island experience" and has since had many immitators. Its interesting to see where it all began.
There are inevitable comparissons with Nick Roegs 1986 film "castaway", but Lucy Irvine said herself that the film was far more of a character analysis of a relationship between two people in a stressful environment. Her book is much more factual and she writes with more generosity to the subject than the film.
She and Gerald Kingsland clearly had an abrasive relationship and it certainly comes across that she was the more balanced and committed to the spirit of the whole exercise.
It can be hard to maintain interest when reading as there is a lack of real revelations, but if you treat it as a recollection / diary of the year rather than a novel, you wont be disappointed.
Hats off to Lucy Irvine for pursuing a dream and for continuing to do so to the present day.