How could I resist a book with such a title considering my Robinson Crusoe complex!!!!!! A new twist on the old tale. This guy decides to buy his own island and live there on his own a; because he can afford it b; because every attempt he makes at altruism in his life ends as failure. He has a highly stressed job in the film industry and a penchant for falling for the wrong woman.
There’s no shipwreck here, in fact Ted has it all stitched up, glorious isolation but with satellite channels and food arriving every couple of weeks. You can read him slowly unwinding until Friday turns up, this time a small boy. Ted is livid and this time chases him away!
Cliche, cliche, no man is an island and Ted finds he’s sharing the island with some refugees. There are some lovely times when he is tricked by Friday into saying something dumb to the only attractive (to Ted) woman on the island. Ted’s past history means you know he’ll fall for her. Nuff said.
The middle of the book changes narrative position which actually really works and through it you can now see other people’s perspectives which you can’t in the first person. Through this the narrator so clearly shows Ted’s self-pitying perspective, he hasnt really got himself sorted at all and he runs back home to the USA.
The last part shifts back to Ted and I didn’t see the twist coming when he decides to return to the Island when tinsel town finally loses it’s grip on him, and quite funny too. The end is as anyone would wish, reconciliation and growth, a Godly tale of the healing power of love. Now I wonder where there’s a cheap island going?