An Island to Oneself: The Story of Six Years on a Desert Island
Terrific book for would-be hermits or just those of us who long for solitude. Neale spent years in the South Pacific dreaming of finding a deserted island before he finally took the plunge, so he had plenty of time to prepare. Still, there were all manner of unexpected setbacks and challenges to face, including a severe bout with fever and an epic storm.
One thing I particularly liked about Neale was how doggedly he clung to his dream. While living an unfulfilling life as a shopk ...more
Tom Neale didn't wash up on the island, he went there willingly like Thoreau did to his pond at Walden. Neale is from New Zealand but travelled the islands of the pacific for many years.
This is a great adventure book. It's stranger than fiction. The Tom Hanks movie "Cast Away" has nothing on the drama ...more
I really liked this. It's not an overly long book, but it's well written and in a way a complete opposite to the last book I read of this type, Castaway. The one thing that really stands out is just how happy he is on the island.
There's no real hardships apart from a couple of bouts of fever and a rather poor diet, and even after 14 months alone he's still happy and content, but that adds to ...more
And one that I think Tom Neale would have completely understood. The sort of man who would set out to live alone on a small island in the South ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book. There were times when it got a little bit bogged down in minutiae, but on the flip side there were some fascinating details that only living it could really give you.
Tom had some really great survival skills, and I think they certainly helped him in being ...more
He keeps the book lively with just the right amount of detail in his anecdotes to make them interesting and answering the reader's questions without ...more
One unforgettable scene: when a friendly sailing yacht departs Neale's island after a visit of several days, Neale stands on the beach waving goodbye, his expression, according to one friend in the boat, a mix of affection (he ...more
i recommend everyone to read it, could come in handy if you were marooned some day. (even though he chose to live there, so he ...more
As of 2014, cruise boats are now periodically stopping by Suvarov, dumping 2,000 passengers at a time onto sweet little Anchorage Island. Does any place like the Suvarov of the 1950s and ‘60s exist anymore?