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The Blue Lagoon: A Romance by Henry de Vere Stacpoole
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The Blue Lagoon: A Romance

by Henry de Vere Stacpoole

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Henry de Vere Stacpoole was an Irish author best known for his 1908 novel The Blue Lagoon: A Romance, which is about a group of castaways who get stranded on an tropical island. The young children Richard and Emmeline, who are cousins, are the only remaining survivors after the only adult, the ship's cook, suddenly dies. Left up to their own devices they manage to live, foraging and building shelter like you do. Until... puberty sets in.

Blue Lagoon has been made into films three times, with varying degrees of sexuality emphasized. The book is pretty tame, but the point is clear: the two start to have feelings for each other and eventually they hook up. This was "conducted just as the birds conduct their love affairs." And when Emmeline gets preggers, the happy Garden of Eden scene now has a third: a boychild who, since they've known only one baby, Hannah, gets named just that. The book is well done, beautifully written, and definitely one that's hard to put down.

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