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Lost Island

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published 1944 by Atlantic Little Brown
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Jan 06, 2011 Wanda rated it it was amazing
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The story of the creation of "Provisional Reserve Base 9" on a remote atoll, and the annihilation of a people, a culture, and an ecology. So astonishing to realize this was written in the 1940s, actually during the war that required such actions, to which it is a deeply felt protest, a cry of anguish.
From page 62:
"I was in a mood to curse our so-called Industrial Civilization and all its works, concerned for nothing but itself, for nothing but greater and yet greater room for it's own monstrous
Nov 08, 2010 Julia rated it liked it
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I found this book (a beat up hard cover, with stains on it)on my mother's bookshelves. It belonged to my grandmother. My grandmother had taken the time to past a book of the month article(from 1950) about the author to the inside cover. I never met my grandmother, as she passed away when my mom was 12. So anything that interested her, I wanted to read. The story is of an middle aged engineer during WWII. Shortly after the bombing at Pearl Harbor he is hired to help make an island
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Nov 21, 2013 Pamela Ferguson rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this interesting little book about a National Guard engineer who is slated to re-engineer the beautiful inhabited (110 people) atoll in the South Pacific into a "Provisional Reserve Base 9" for the use of the US military in the 1940s. The engineer struggles with the changes the that local population will have to endure and the paradise lost. The surprise is that the population can not even begin to understand as they have led a completely "blissful" and independent life. Unsure if this ...more
Dec 07, 2015 Kirsten rated it really liked it
I gave this four stars as much for the social statement it made. The background of the author is such that you suspect it was written based on experience - direct or indirect. It's the story of the destruction of an island for the construction of a military airbase - refueling station. It is but a small footprint for the military but everything for the island. The price of war and western expansion is painfully depicted in terms of the loss of the island, it's people, it landscape, the flora and ...more
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Apr 28, 2016 Muriel Schwenck rated it really liked it
An island lost (ruined) by the necessities of war. Western culture, civilisation, technology, mechanics, modernity suddenly over run an island like the bulldozers the military brought to build the air strip.
For example. On a coral island, where the soil is sandy and relatively infertile, the local priest has worked for decades, bringing loads of fecund volcanic loam to build a wonderful garden and fruit orchard for all. The whole thing is bulldozed in a day for an airstrip.
The ecological and mor
Mar 08, 2013 Tina rated it it was ok
This story is filled with detailed and vivid descriptions, lots of interesting WWII sentiments, and the lost of an island paradise to machinery and military.

While I personally did not love the book's subject, it offers a interesting look into history and island paradise.
Aug 21, 2007 Conor added it
This is another book that drives home the point that progress and technology destroy the very processes by which man came to be great.
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An American author best known for the novel Mutiny on the Bounty with co-author Charles Nordhoff.
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