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The Blue Lagoon (The Blue Lagoon #1)

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  1,399 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
Stacpoole's often-filmed 1908 romance is a classic of lyrical beauty, as two children are castaway on a beautiful island and grow up there, innocent of the real world.
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published November 5th 2003 by Wildside Press (first published 1908)
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It seems that many people base their opinions on this book by how well it stood up to the 80s movie. Well, I have not seen the movie, nor do I want to. The book describes things perfectly.

After their ship catches fire, two children (cousins) are tossed into a dingy with Paddy, an able seaman. They drift for some days before coming upon an abandoned ship and later, an uninhabited paradise island. There they stay for many years, partaking of the island's yield and exploring its mysteries.

I really
Marisa Fernandes
"A Lagoa Azul" foi uma feliz surpresa, pois apesar de conhecer a história porque já vi um sem número de vezes o filme com o mesmo nome (trailer oficial aqui: ), o livro conseguiu trazer-me novidade. Há partes, importantes e podendo fazer a diferença no desenrolar da história, que o filme não mostra e o livro conta de forma magistral.

As descrições são soberbas, quase cinematográficas. De tal modo que, durante os dias que estive a ler "A Lagoa Azul" também
Deary Darling
Sep 27, 2013 Deary Darling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I don't really wish to review this book. If I did I would have to criticize certain implausible moments like Hannah's birth (or lack thereof). My experience with this book has me questioning how much personal freedom I allow myself as a reader to enjoy what I'm reading without judgment. The truth is I loved this book. It wasn't the story, or even the writing, it was the spirit of the book, or rather, what I perceived to be, the spirit of the author that I felt swept up and carried away by.

I lik
Sarah Beth
I have long had an obsession with the 1980 (Brooke Shields) version of this movie. I will stop whatever I'm doing if The Blue Lagoon is on tv - including schoolwork, chores, a run, etc. I had no idea that this novel was such a hit in its time and has been made into not one but three different movie versions following its publication in 1908. It is the story of two cousins that are stranded on an island and discover death, sex, and love by experiencing it. The story has clear Adam and Eve connect ...more
☆drea☆ wears the cheese
I can see this being a tuff read for some ppl as its pretty much all descriptive. my five star rating comes from the fact that it was published in the 1900's and deals with some pretty controversial issues, especially dealing with children and teens. I loved this book, but some of that may be rooted to my memories of the movie being one of my favorites in the 80s. I found the ending poetic, I dont think i'll read the next one, just leave it as is. oh yeah, plus its free on amazon kindle ap. :)
Henry de Vere Stacpoole writes beautifully and I loved The Beach of Dreams: A Romance and The Man Who Lost Himself. This is his most famous book and was made into a movie (which I have not seen). I found it rather uneven. The book opens with a ship fire that strands two young children--cousins--in a boat with an old Irish sailor, inevitably named Paddy. They spend days drifting about on the Pacific currents while Paddy tells stories and feeds them on ship's biscuit. This part was about a three s ...more
Mar 31, 2009 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite thing about 'The Blue Lagoon' was H. de Vere Stacpoole's brilliant descriptions of the beauty and adventure of being on a restless sea and a flourishing, deserted island. I'd never thought of a boat kissing the sea or birds in flight looking like stars before. I was surprised that the romance that dominates the 1980 movie version of 'The Blue Lagoon' doesn't appear until shortly after the middle of the novel! As I was reading, I kept thinking that something (besides the ick factor of ...more
Amanda Fegan
It took me a long time to finish this book. Normally I finish books in a matter of hours but 'The Blue Lagoon' took me about two months. I don't know how many descriptions I read of Dick going fishing or of the blue birds but it was mostly dull. I think the word 'lugubrious' was used three times in an event that was only two pages long! Not to mention the romance itself was barely there. I don't mean that they didn't have any chemistry, I mean that there were literally only a few sentences leadi ...more
This book was such a pleasant surprise. Originally published in 1908, I was surprised to find it such a delight to read. The story pulled me in from the start and by the end, I wasn't ready to leave the Blue Lagoon. Lovely little story.

"The moon rose up that evening and shot her silver arrows at the house under the artu tree. The house was empty. Then the moon came across the sea and across the reef. She lit the lagoon to it's dark, dim heart. She lit the coral brains and sand spaces, and the f
Aug 22, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually have a hard time giving a book 2 stars...just because usually I can find something about it I really liked. This book was no exception. I LOVED the whole "shipwrecked" part of the story, and the descriptions of the island were amazing. I also bought the whole cousin romance thing, I mean, there was a time when cousins marrying was totally normal. Also, given the fact there were not many other folks around to choose from, it worked. What ruined it for me was the fact they named their SO ...more
Oct 01, 2014 Brent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was not nearly as sappy, melodramatic, cheesy, overdone, and mushy as the 1980 movie, but I quite liked it anyway.
Jun 02, 2012 Kit★ marked it as wishlist-want-it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know the movie was based on a book, I want need this book now! I used to watch the movie over and over and over growing up, it's one of my all-time favorites.
خالد سليم
الرواية الأولى التي احتضنتني صغيراً .. كم أعشقها !
Mostafa Khalifa
رواية جميلة جدا
Stacpoole's 1907 novel of two innocent children who find themselves marooned on a tropical island in the Pacific after the ship carrying them to San Francisco catches fire and eventually explodes. They are initially accompanied by Paddy Button, an illiterate sailor who dies in a drunken stupor about 2 years into their sojourn on the island, which lasts another five years, during which they grow from being 8 years old (on their landing) to 14 or 15. With nothing to read and only the minimal amoun ...more
Sep 19, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I watched the movie a long time ago, and though I don't say this often, I like the movie better than the book. I felt that the additional dialogue in the movie made the story better, and that parts of the book felt rushed. Still, I'm so glad I own the book and will be reading it again.
Lucy March
Sep 26, 2016 Lucy March rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I love this book!

Sadly, it is generally out of print in most formats and is hard to find.

While it deserves "classic" status, and I'd be just tickled pink if Barnes and Noble would go ahead and make a leather-bound copy of this, complete with the other two books in the series (which are almost impossible find -- so sadly I haven't ever gotten to read them), it's been unfairly overlooked and dismissed by readers at large.

First off, the 1980s movie adaptation gets a lot of hate. And while I person
Miriam Dix
Dec 29, 2014 Miriam Dix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The movie, inspired by this book, has been a favorite of mine for many years. So I thought would take a read of the book over my Christmas break. It was a refreshing and easy read. During my reading, my 16 yo daughter walked by and asked, "Is this the book with the boy and the girl on the island -- the Adam and Eve like story?" I paused and responded, " Sure...I suppose it is" Truth is, I never considered that P.O.V. but with that new perspective I continued to read -- and came into agreement wi ...more
Jan 21, 2013 Nerak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Old-fashioned classic romance - beautifully lyrical writing, descriptions of the idyllic tropical island occupied by two small children and their caretaker Paddy after being shipwrecked in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean. Paddy dies and leaves the children, Emmeline and Dick, who are cousins, to fend for themselves. They survive in spite of being threatened by a passing whaling ship, warring natives who visit the "taboo" island for a bizarre ritual, a violent cyclone, and the incomprehensi ...more
بسام عبد العزيز
حسنا.. شاب و فتاة في جزيرة وحدهما .. ما الذي سيحدث؟؟
سيمارسان الجنس بالتأكيد!

لكن ماذا لو كان هذا الشاب و تلك الفتاة فد عاشوا في هذه الجزيرة منذ طفولتهما؟ كيف يعرفان ممارسة الجنس إذن؟؟
أكيد بالفطرة الطبيعية!

حسنا إذن.. ماذا لو كان هذا الولد أخا للفتاة؟؟ هل سيمارسان الجنس أيضا؟؟
لا بالطبع!

لأن الفطرة ستمنعهما!

غير مقتنع!!!!

هذا كان الحوار الذي دار في خلدي أثناء قراءة الرواية..
إذا كان الشاب و الفتاة قد عاشا سويا منذ طفولتهما و في لحظة ما حدث اختلاط جسدي بدون أي توجيه أو تعليم خارجي..
Thom Swennes
Mar 05, 2013 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Innocent love has a beauty all its own. This story of castaways on a deserted tropical island was first published in 1900 but shows many traits of stories written a half a century later. The reader is caught up in the trials and adventures of Emmeline and Dick Lestrange. One could assume that their situation would cause some sort of depression or other psychological traumas but thoughts of life in a tropical paradise does have a soothing effect. The innocence and ignorance of youth adds a new le ...more
Sep 17, 2015 Mari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Weird 80s movie aside, this novel is a beautiful addition to the early 1900s adventure novels. Not only does it reminisce upon the Victorian themes of man vs. nature or the understanding of man as a godly being or animal, it also provides an interesting look at the male and female psyche, role, and relationship. I loved Stacpoole's approach to the primeval man and woman. I particularly loved Emmaline. Though she was obviously more sensitive or demure than her cousin, a fact that modern feminists ...more
Marina Schulz
Honestly, I don't understand all the hate this book gets; even the 1980's movie wasn't what I'd necessarily call bad. I rather enjoyed it!

I think people mistakenly get the impression this book is all about sex between frolicking children; it isn't. The one scene occurs at fade to black. It's mostly just the tale of two children, who get shipwrecked at a young age, and learn to survive, and deal with their tensions and sadness, with only each other for company and nobody to teach them the way to
Jan 27, 2015 Seamaiden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I grew up watching the movie and its sequel. I didn't know it was a book until I happened to come across it. Even though I knew what the book was all about, I enjoyed it very much. it's not complex and there are parts that because of the language it becomes difficult, yet it has such a beauty and simplicity that got me. I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of the sea and the island, as well as the relationship between the children and later on adults. The book is a hymn to Nature and her ways. I ...more
Matt Kelland
May 31, 2012 Matt Kelland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A surprisingly good book. As an adolescent, I watched the Brooke Shields movie, and had always assumed it was just an excuse for showing some teenage skin. I never knew it was based on a series of best-selling books from 100 years ago. It's a good story, a less dark Lord of the Flies, which asks how two kids would survive alone, and how they would think if their education had ended at age 9. It's about nature and civilization, and while it does cover the issue of sex, it does so from the point o ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Leianne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my usual cup of tea genre-wise, but it was beautifully descriptive and the story (I wouldn't really call it a plot) was cute enough. A slow-paced, leisurely read.

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May 19, 2014 J.T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I heard Hugo Pratt recommend this, I've always meant to read it. It was this book that inspired his love for the sea, more than Jack London or Joseph Conrad or Robert Louis Stevenson, and I can see why. It's very evocatively written, and while it might appear to be a 'romance' novel in the modern vernacular, it's really a romance in the old-fashioned way: feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life. The romance between the two main characters begins 2/3rds in the book ...more
Ene Sepp
Jun 03, 2015 Ene Sepp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nii nagu liiga palju magusat süües võib magusast kõrini saada, tundsin ma mai keskel, et sai ka lugemisest kõrini. Lihtsalt ei tõmmanud kuidagi... Üks raamat jäi lausa pooleli ning jõudis raamatukokku tagasi ning ma ei mäleta isegi selle nime. Aga "Sinine laguun" oli hea lahendus selleks, et tasapisi uuesti lugemisrajale tagasi saada. Romantiline film on tuttav vist meile kõigile ning raamatu lugemine oli seetõttu hea ning tuttav ja samas siiski mõnus alustus suvele. Seal ei ole küll palju rohke ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Faye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was very good for the time and purpose that it was written. A 1908 contemporary best seller. The descriptions of the sea and the island were well written and painted a beautiful picture of the South Pacific. A nice but brief hint of romance very innocent and natural.

I thought the ending was perfectly enigmatic. We have got away from that kind of abrupt ending in our day of closure and the demands of frenetic fandom. (Although I know Stacpoole did meet the demands of his fan b
Feb 09, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Better than I thought. It's been sitting on my shelves for 30+ years. Read as part of What's in a Name challenge, body of water category.
Lots of description, I normally don't like that, but here it was beautifully done. I've not seen the film adaptations so can't compare them to the book.
A lot of the reviews mention the silence regarding Em's bodily changes and her pregnancy, I don't think Stacpoole could have written about those things at the time the book was written. Em did tell Dick that th
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Henry De Vere Stacpoole (9 April 1863 – 12 April 1951) was an Irish author, born in Kingstown (now Dún Laoghaire). His best known work is the 1908 romance novel The Blue Lagoon, which has been adapted into feature films on three occasions.
A ship's doctor for more than forty years, Stacpoole was also an expert on the South Pacific islands. His books frequently contained detailed descriptions of th
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“The moon rose up that evening and shot her silver arrows at the house under the artu tree. The house was empty. Then the moon came across the sea and across the reef. She lit the lagoon to it's dark, dim heart. She lit the coral brains and sand spaces, and the fish casting their shadows on the sand and the coral. The keeper of the lagoon rose to greet her, and the fin of him broke her reflection on the mirror-like surface into a thousand glittering ripples. She saw the white staring ribs of the form on the reef. Then, peeping over the trees, she looked down into the valley, where the great stone idol had kept it's solitary vigil for five thousand years, perhaps, and more.

At this base, in his shadow, looking as if under his protection, lay two human beings, naked, clasped in each other's arms and fast asleep. One could scarcely pity his vigil, had it been marked sometimes through the years by such an incident as this. The thing had been conducted just as the birds conduct their love affairs. An affair absolutely natural, absolutely blameless and without sin. A marriage according to Nature, without feasts or guests, consummated with accidental cynicism under the shadow of a religion a thousand years dead.”
“A great sea fog is not homogenous--its density varies: it is honeycombed with streets, it has its caves of clear air, its cliffs of solid vapour, all shifting and changing place with the subtlety of legerdemain.” 4 likes
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