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The Island by Gary Paulsen
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Jan 20, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, teen, green

I know that many of my friends didn't like this one, feeling that it felt fake and was boring since nothing happened. On the other hand, I really enjoyed it. I felt that the way that Wil tunes in to nature was actually really beautiful and reminiscent of the nature writing workshop by Otterbein University that I went to at Cuyahoga State Park this summer. I also read it metaphorically, having just read about psychoanalytic criticism. I found the symbolic journey that Wil undergoes fascinating as well as his search for some sort of knowledge and connection that he will never be able to find or wholly achieve. I love the idea of taking time to look and find and think and I know, from my own personal experience that this is possible. This book is beautiful and I would certainly recommend it to someone who will read it patiently and inquisitively. It does not holdup well against more recent novels- it lacks action and plot and super powers and examines the world through a much calmer metaphor.

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message 1: by Dulce (new)

Dulce I need help. I dont understand what will means when he says the newness filled him.

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