The Tale of the Unknown Island

The Tale of the Unknown Island

Book - 1999
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A man went to knock at the king's door and said to him, Give me a boat. The king's house had many other doors, but this was the door for petitions. Since the king spent all his time sitting by the door for favors (favors being done to the king, you understand), whenever he heard someone knocking on the door for petitions, he would pretend not to hear . . ." Why the petitioner required a boat, where he was bound for, and who volunteered to crew for him the reader will discover as this short narrative unfolds. And at the end it will be clear that if we thought we were reading a children's fable we were wrong-we have been reading a love story and a philosophical tale worthy of Voltaire or Swift.
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace, c1999
ISBN: 9780151005956
0151005958
Branch Call Number: F Sar
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull
Alternative Title: Conto da ilha desconhecida

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captainbill
Jun 14, 2012

This is a gem of a book. For sailors and those who dream.

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MaLoCle
Apr 05, 2010

An oddly truthful story - not quite a story, more like a stream-of-consciousness fable- of a man searching for an unknown island that he only knows exists because not all of the islands can be known, and of a king - in title, not in action- who pretends to be deaf to all pleas except that of gift-givings, and of a regular washerwoman, who steps through the door of decisions and finds...well, I don't want to give it all away. It's short and reads like one big sentence, but the tale stretches out far beyond, into the unknown.

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MaLoCle
Apr 08, 2010

MaLoCle thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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