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  • Are children instrinsically evil? Two books answered them differently. Before The Lord of the Flies, there was The Coral Island. In fact, this book inspired LOTF author Golding to write an inverted version of the moral story. But morals aside, it is an enjoyable Robinsonade adventure story for young readers.

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  • Dish 1 : Audiobook of The Coral Island by R. M. BALLANTYNE (1825 - 1894) |

  • LibroVox audiobooks are free for download, for you to listen on your smartphone, iPod, tablet, or USB stick. They are in the public domain.

    Running Time:10:36:51
    Zip file size:304.1MB
    Catalog date:2009-06-23
    Read by:Tom Weiss

    Ralph Rover is a traveler at heart, and has always dreamed of shipping out to the South Seas islands. He finally convinces his aging parents to let him go and find his way in the world. But the islands that Ralph finds are not as idyllic as in his dreams. Shipwrecked on a large, uninhabited island, Ralph and his fellow survivors, Jim and Peterkin, discover a world of hostile natives and villainous pirates. Danger, high adventure, and wonders of the sea greet them at every turn. When all seems lost, they find help from an unexpected source. (Summary by Tom Weiss)

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  • Chop 1 : The Coral Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean (1858) is a novel written by Scottish author R. M. Ballantyne. One of the first works of juvenile fiction to feature exclusively juvenile heroes, the story relates the adventures of three boys marooned on a South Pacific island, the only survivors of a shipwreck.

    A typical Robinsonade – a genre of fiction inspired by Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe – and one of the most popular of its type, the book first went on sale in late 1857 and has never been out of print. Among the novel's major themes are the civilising effect of Christianity, 19th-century British imperialism in the South Pacific, and the importance of hierarchy and leadership. It was the inspiration for William Golding's dystopian novelLord of the Flies (1954), which inverted the morality of The Coral Island; in Ballantyne's story the children encounter evil, but in Lord of the Flies evil is within them.

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