The Island of Regeneration

A Story of What Ought to Be

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Published: 1888
Language: English
Wordcount: 82,114 / 223 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 988
Added to site: 2007.05.31
mnybks.net#: 17144

A young woman is cast ashore a Pacific island that is uninhabited -- save for a man she finds, incapable of speech and savage, who appears to be European.

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all things indeed, but human happiness as a rule turns on things so small that the investigator and promoter thereof generally overlook them. And we know not the significance of the little until upon some desert island we are left with only that.

Washed, fed, and dressed -- for it is astonishing the difference that the neat coils in which she arranged her hair made in her appearance -- and now in her right mind, she rose to her feet. As she did so, as an experiment, she handed the man the little silver-backed mirror. He stared into it and again uttered that cry of surprise. Then he turned it around as if to look on the other side. Then he looked again and still again. She took it from him unresisting; his eyes full of strange terror. Life was full of surprises for him that day. He had not only been touched by a woman, but he had looked at a man as well.

She put the mirror into her waist and then looked at her watch. By a miracle it was still running, and in a panic lest it should run down and sh

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2010.08.12
Steve Peters
****.

Brady's first work presents the reader with the character of a female Crusoe shipwrecked on an unknown speck of island - but where Man Friday is already the sole occupant. The early ship-wreck victim is quickly dubbed Man during a first English lesson by Woman (Katharine Brenton), an intelligent feminist with strong views on God, Religion and Men.

Man (later determined to be John Revell Charnock who arrived as a shipwreck victim some 20 or so years earlier) becomes the willing pupil.

Man and Woman, as the reader might expect of any couple confined together for 3 years, develop a deep and unrequited love for each other; which at the point of consummation is interrupted by the arrival of Historical Man (Valentine Arthur Langford), who has some "ownership" over Woman. The visit and the history turn the world of Man upside down, resulting in a state of long repent for Woman, the Man and Historical Man.

An interesting story with strong themes, a heavy word usage, and an extraordinarily early take on feminism by a male writer.


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