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The Coral Island [Download] ✤ The Coral Island Author R.M. Ballantyne – Ralph Jack and Peterkin find themselves the sole survivors of a shipwreck on a deserted coral island in the South Pacific Although fate has led them to temporary safety the three marooned lads are for Ralph Jack and Peterkin find themselves the sole survivors of a shipwreck on a deserted coral island in the South The Coral MOBI :Ê Pacific Although fate has led them to temporary safety the three marooned lads are forced to carve out a life for themselves from what nature provides They rapidly learn which fruit to eat which animals to hunt and which lagoons are best for bathing Resourceful as they are their desert island idyll is often disturbed and they face numerous terrifying threats pirates sharks cannibalism and local tribes among them Amidst all the chaos the trio still face the riddle of how to engineer their rescue from their tropical exile Following in Robinson CrusoeOCOs footsteps and yet with added adventure BallantyneOCOs writing is a classic adored by previous generations of children and which deserves to be discovered all over again by a modern audience.

About the Author: R.M. Ballantyne

R M Ballantyne was a Scottish writer of juvenile fictionBorn Robert Michael Ballantyne in Edinburgh he was part of a The Coral MOBI :Ê famous family of printers and publishers At the age of he went to Canada and where he served for six years with the Hudson's Bay Company He returned to Scotland in and published his first book the following year Hudson's Bay or Life in the Wilds of North America Fo.

10 thoughts on “The Coral Island

  1. Petra-masx Petra-masx says:

    I went to primary school at four and a half into Mrs Whitcombe's class Everything was miniature including Mrs Whitcombe who was a little person We sat on our little chairs at our little desks and got out our little books Janet and John It was uite glorious except that I had read the whole year's Janet and John primers by morning break a very little bottle of milk and a digestive biscuit The only other books in the classroom were Treasure Island Swiss Family Robinson and Coral Island So for the rest of the term while all the other little children were learning to read I was immersed in tales of the far away Far far away from the little Welsh village I lived in into a big big world full of treasures and exploration I was hooked on reading from then on

  2. PirateSteve PirateSteve says:

    Tis a story of 3 shipwrecked teen aged English lads While the tale is fun for young and old alike I think it 's target readership would be in the tween“between” childhood and the teenage range As the story unfolds the reader finds them self on an educational journey in the islands of the South PacificStrong Christian beliefs are exhibited as the 3 young men display good moral character in their survival against nature native cannibals and pirates

  3. Carolee Wheeler Carolee Wheeler says:

    So let me get this straightYou're a teenage sailor shipwrecked with 2 buddies on a pacific island You get along pretty well and are fairly happy with your lot there but one day you see a big ship arrive and you flag it down but O NOES it's Pirates The pirate ship captures one of you and sails away with you and you are treated to all sorts of horrors including cannibalism Nobody is any good except this one other guy and then one day you have a chance to fool all the bad guys and you do and they get captured by the savage cannibals or is it cannibal savages? and while the savages are dancing and whooping around their tied up bodies the Good Guy and you escape on the nice big pirate ship But the good guy is mortally wounded and he dies Nevertheless you keep going returning to the island where you last saw your buddies You find them Hurrah Also you have a boat So you load it up with provisions because it's already pretty sweet being a real live pirate ship and you could head back to civilization or England or wherever it was you came from but your buddy says HOLD ON A MINUTE THERE'S ONE LAST THING WE NEED TO DO So you head off to an island where you try to save one island girl from being married to a guy she doesn't want to be married to YOU COULD SAVE YOURSELVES YOU HAVE A BOAT BUT INSTEAD okay anyway they're tremendously thwarted in their attempts and it's lucky they don't end up long pigs on the cannibal fire but instead they're just in prison for a few months by which I mean a cave Probably the whole time thinking WE HAD A BOAT GODDAMN ITOf course it all ends up ok because one day they're led from prison and their bonds are cut and it's all because a really convincing missionary separate from the existing Island Missionary who I guess didn't have the chops showed up and convinced the Chief to convert to Christianity and he builds a church and lets the Island Girl love who she pleases And she gets to marry her Christian chief and the guys say Phew I guess we can go home nowPraise Jesus

  4. Ivy-Mabel Fling Ivy-Mabel Fling says:

    Living in post Brexit Britain the incredible smugness of this story was hard to take One could have laughed it off if it had not come back to haunt us Rule Britannia And thank goodness the gods are on our side and wear our type of clothing

  5. Rohan Rohan says:

    It's always tricky assessing Victorian youth fiction in the light of our current postcolonial period and all of the necessary revaluations that has entailed The Coral Island A Tale of the Pacific does have some horrendously condescending views upon the age old moral dichotomy of 'savagery v civility' However RM Ballantyne is a relatively unusual author for his period Edinburgh born Ballantyne clearly had a strongly evangelical Protestant morality but this was also tempered with a clear sighted and scientifically rational observational mindset Rather than glory in the military might and commercial prowess of empire attempting to paint a thin veneer of moral purpose over Britain's overseas ventures Ballantyne instead chooses to render the exotic faraway islands of the South Pacific in minute detail seemingly for the purpose of promoting the Christian Missionary cause as well as telling a damned good tale of derring doThe novel is narrated by the mature figure of Ralph Rover who reflects back on his early adventures as a young man marooned upon a coral island in the Pacific Ocean Two other young men Peterkin Gay and Jack Martin manage to survive the wreck of the trading ship which Rover was set to sea aboard These three boys on the cusp of manhood bring different skills and abilities to their island prisonparadise Jack is the oldest and strongest of the boys He has a keen sense of bravery and proves adept at mechanical design and manipulation Peterkin is the youngest and smallest of the boys Unlike Jack and Ralph he seems to lack a certain uality of upbringing and education However his speed and agility make him an excellent hunter Peterkin is also the clown of the group freuently entertaining the other two and keeping the trio's spirits buoyant Ralph meanwhile is the most obviously religious of the group as well as the most cerebral Many times throughout the novel he claims to be observing or contemplating something that he has come across as if he can only conceive of the entirety of something through reflecting upon it As Ralph is the narrator we have to take him at his word yet there is the distinct possibility that his present age when narrating has allowed him to place certain obviously academic and spiritual concerns upon the events of his youth What Ballantyne's novel successfully presents is an adventure story very much of the ripping yarn variety that is both exciting and relatively plausible The immense detail that is poured into precise descriptions of coral constructions sea life plants and vegetation maritime euipment and the conditions of 'native' peoples gives the novel the veracity of a travelogue Ballantyne was a great believer in writing about what one has seen with ones own eyes and in The Coral Reef this is an oft repeated mantra of Ralph'sThe book falters a little in the final third when the boys come across a Missionary outpost At this point Ballantyne's prose seems to slip into a sermonising or eulogising mode of discourse that wishes to convince not just the boys but the readers also of the merits of the Christian Mission Until this part of the novel Ballantyne managed to marshal his narrative with expert pacing and a keen eye for wondrous detail which although weakened in these closing sections still manages to maintain reader interest It is easy to imagine what kind of impact this book would have had on young imaginations back in the 1850's and must be seen as the inspiration for a fair few maritime careers in the latter half of the 19th century Ballantyne's fellow Edinburgh native Robert Louis Stevenson clearly utilises many of the mechanical elements of Ballantyne's plot for his own high seas masterpiece Treasure Island Despite being a novel aimed at youngsters and crammed full of all the various forms of Victorian moral improvement The Coral Reef also manages to inject moments of startling brutality into many scenes that even by today's jaded standards would seem horrific That said perhaps the novel's most admirable uality is the way in which its central characters find a means to co operate effectively with one another for the betterment of all At his very best Ballantyne manages to meld together progressivist scientific rationalism the core civil decencies of Christianity and an exceptional ability for narrative pacing that makes books like this a joy to read and not just a historic curio Hidden away in the depths of Ralph Rover's reminisces there are profound and beautiful passages such as this from the closing chapter of the novel To part is the lot of all mankind The world is a scene of constant leave taking and the hands that grasp in cordial greeting to day are doomed ere long to unite for the last time when the uivering lips pronounce the word Farewell if we realised fully the shortness of the fleeting intercourse that we have in this world with many of our fellow men we would try earnestly to do them good to give them a friendly smile as it were in passing for the longest intercourse on earth is little than a passing word and glance and show that we have sympathy with them in the short uick struggle of life by our kindly words and looks and actionsMore than anything it is this strength of fellow feeling that is depicted with such genuine charm dignity and grace that will continue to commend The Coral Reef as a literary adventure worth undertaking

  6. Yuki Yuki says:

    Starts off as a sweet children book ends with too abrupt of a didactic tone along with mildly annoying instances of casual racism

  7. Deborah Ideiosepius Deborah Ideiosepius says:

    This is a uintessential boys adventure story Ralph goes to sea as a cabin boy almost as soon as they 'round Cape Horn and enter the Pacific ocean a storm sinks their ship marooning him and his two friends on a coral island on which they have wonderful adventures before escaping the islandThis book is in fact a prototype of several story genera Ballantyne was a prolific writer of stories for young people publishing over 100 between 1847 and his death in 1894 The Coral Island is considered his most successful in that it has never been out of print since it was published in 1858 Surely that is some kind of record in print for almost 160 yearsOne of the writers influenced by him was Robert Louis Stevenson who was so influenced by The Coral Island that he based portions of Treasure Island on it Also The Coral Island can be considered one forerunner of the genera of 'deserted on a desert island' that is a hugely influential literary themeI was especially excited to find it in Little Dragon format hands up who remembers the little dragons? These children's books are practically historical their own right these days and this one was published in 1966 a 'Red Dragon For boys and girls 8 12 years Price 2'6As excited as I was to read it I was a little disconcerted by the superficiality of the beginning in which less than a page of introduction passes before our narrator was at sea and less than three before the shipwreck The writing also seemed superficial and unsatisfying compared to my expectations Then I was sucked into the story and didn't really emerge until the end when the writing again was choppy the story unlikely and the ending astonishingly abruptAnd then of course I realised that the little dragons of my childhood like readers digests must have aimed to give the story stripped down for kids This book says that it is 'a tale based on' and as such a lot must have been edited out Despite this it was a fun fun story An innocent childlike and occasionally childish adventure of three impossibly nice and kindly boys between 14 18 years old that ends impossibly happily Total suspension of disbelief is needed for it the author had clearly no idea what coconuts were like had never seen a coral atoll and possibly not even the Pacific ocean The fact that Ballantyne was an educated man familiar with the writings of Darwin and Wallace and very well read on 'current' subjects relating to the tropics does come through but it is an idealised fantasy island he has created Also writing as a 1880's man it is imperialist and racist though the missionaries have been carefully and entirely deleted from this book there are enough other references to ruffle the feathers of a modern reader view spoiler I will not go into too many of them but the notion that Islanders are less capable of emotions than 'white men' is pervasive and has to be read with a strong awareness that this is an actual historical novel if you have any chance of enjoying it The idea that a 18 year old cabin boy with a tree branch can defeat a grown man who is a practiced warrior by virtue of his 'white superiority' left me with tears of laughter in my eyes Also the 1880's were convinced that every black race were inveterate persistent cannibals and that element is strongly part of our youthful heros adventure's hide spoiler

  8. Rick Silva Rick Silva says:

    I don't tend to reread very many books but this was one that I loved when I read it as a pre teen I decided to try reading it to my son in chaptersFirst half was great Classic adventure story with three teenaged boys shipwrecked on the iconic deserted island in the South Pacific Their story of survival together is perhaps a bit overly optimistic but it's still great funWhen the book moves into its second act and pirates and Pacific Islander natives become involved it takes a turn into some pretty graphic violence and I found myself having to skip a lot when reading to my son just because it really wasn't appropriate for his age It also presents a lot of severe racial stereotypes and inaccuracies probably typical for its genre and time of writing but no less disturbingInterestly this book almost certainly so than the similarly themed Robinson Crusoe was obviously a strong influence on Golding's Lord of the FliesOne aspect that I did really like in this story was the loyalty between the three boys and their readiness to express their love for each other and their fears when things go wrong The range of emotion is missing from a lot of current adventure stories featuring boys and it was a nice recurring theme especially in the first halfI had very little memory of the negative aspects of this book from my original reading of it so it was an interesting experience to revisit it with a few decades of additional life experience

  9. Leila Leila says:

    I read this book as a child lots of times and really loved it I read it again when I bought it during 2014 and finished it some time later that year I cannot remember it well enough now to write a worthwhile review except to remember the magic in the story that lifted me and transported me into another world A boy named Ralph and his two friends Peterkin and and Jack were shipwrecked and managed to get to a coral island After that there had many adventures The book always transported me to another world It is a book to excite the heart of any child with a good imagination and a definite taste for adventure and had a simplicity that is rarely found in the ore modern children's books I read it again as an adult for nostalgia Coral Island Treasure Island The Sea of Adventure The Hornblower books and films Add to that a fondness for the sea shanty songs we sang at school Bobby Shafto and another one I loved to sing It began 'On Friday Morn as we set sail and the chorus was something about 'And the land lubbers lying down below' Plus a childhood in Runswick Bay often sailing in my uncle's fishing Coble Perhaps I should have become a sailor Apologies for not remembering the fine details of Coral Island but a book to delight if you love islands and the sea whatever age

  10. Pramod Nair Pramod Nair says:

    I still remember the glow i felt as an eleven year old boy while i sat mesmerized reading this tale of wonderful adventure A Classic

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