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Forever Island and Allapattah

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Forever Island is widely recognized as the classic novel of the Everglades.Allapattah is the story of a young Seminole in despair in the white man's world.
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Pineapple Press (first published 1973)
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Cathy Wacksman
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish I knew how to write glowing summaries of what I read but that's not my gift. However, I have been emotionally changed after reading Patrick D Smith's tales of real Florida people. Forever Island and Allapattah are about how the white man took over land where Nattive Americans had lived for generations. The book is only about 200 pages but I wish it had been much longer. The writing is fairly simple but well worth reading.

Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book, along Smith's A Land Remembered, should be required reading for all residents of and visitors to Florida. It tells of an old Seminole man Charlie Jumper, who lives with his wife in a remote section of the Everglades. Although he has lived his entire 86+ years there, he did not "own" his small plot of land. A developer bought a huge tract and immediately started clearing the cypress, draining the swamp, and causing death and destruction to the environment. Read it and realize how preci ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some might feel five stars is too much to give this book. The story is simple and the writing is not elegant or on the same level as many other writers of classics or best sellers. What made me give this five stars is the feeling this simple story evoked in me. Feelings of sadness and nostalgia that old ways of living must come to and end. Feelings of frustration and indignation at mistreatment of the Land and a lack of respect for people who choose to live a simpler way of life. Feelings of fea ...more
James P
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Although the plot and message of this book is good and relevant for our time, there are a lot of research and details missing in the narrative. It appears to have been written hurriedly towards a juvenile audience. Smith's other book, "A Land Remembered" is a much better read.
Susan Summers
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Dark, sad, poignant, but an important witness to the drastic changes that Florida's ecology, and her people, have undergone in a few generations. Important reading, compelling, but not a happy-go-lucky summer vacation read.
Michael Shayeson
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two sad stories of the treatment of the Seminole Indians and the indifference and greed of those that exploited and ruined the ecosystem known as the Everglades.
Cathy DuPont
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Florida History and Environmentalists
Recommended to Cathy by: A environmental friendly friend
Published in 1987, this edition is actually two books, Forever Island, published in 1973, and Allapattah, published in 1987.

The book was recommended by a friend who is a lover of the outdoors and can relate even though his perspective is from 50 years ago and north Florida. North Florida has its own 'growth and progress' story but not as stunning as south Florida, although some would argue that point.

My bet is that it's a must read for budding environmentalists and those interested in Florida
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Years after reading this book, I still remember Charlie Jumper. I got choked up when he put the gourd rattle in Gumbo's small coffin and left crawfish at Gumbo's grave deep in the swamp at the ancient burial ground of his tribe. I do not think I could have done what he did to Little George. I'd have searched for another way to save the old gator.
Jennifer H
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: florida-authors
Wow, these are two good stories - but very sad. And frustrating. And infuriating (on hunters that would just shoot something because they can, and leave it to die; on officers who don't listen).

I'm 50% done with Forever Island and : Just need to read the other story! The first one was great, but sad
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Patrick Smith is a 1999 inductee into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, the highest and most prestigious cultural honor that can be bestowed upon an individual by the State of Florida.
In May 2002 Smith was the recipient of the Florida Historical Society’s Fay Schweim Award as the “Greatest Living Floridian.” The one-time-only award was established to honor the one individual who has contributed th