An Island to Oneself
April 20, 2004 3:48 PM   Subscribe

An Island to Oneself: The Story of Six years on a Desert Island - Tom Neale
posted by hama7 (11 comments total)
Fascinating. Maybe I missed something, but does he describe what a Navy "housewife" actually is?
posted by mmcg at 5:49 PM on April 20, 2004

I really loved reading Tom Neale's adventures as a preface to Mark Freuenfelder's family trip to Rarotonga. Navy housewife? On an island that goes years before anyone chances by, he deserted himself to find solitude and to see if he could live on nature's bounty and wits alone.
posted by roboto at 6:46 PM on April 20, 2004

this is excellent, thanks.
posted by clockwork at 7:02 PM on April 20, 2004

Fascinating. Is there any way this could be done today? Are there still remote enough islands?
posted by quarantine at 1:09 AM on April 21, 2004

[this is good]

It is going to take me a while to read this. Nice find.
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:05 AM on April 21, 2004

I read it and it is excellent, the person who preserved it is to be double commended. Anyone care to shout out any other books/stories that have the same theme? I love living on your own/roughing it porn.
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:35 AM on April 21, 2004

I stayed up until 2:30am reading this. Although it is not fiction, it satisfies the same urge to read things like Jules Verne's Mysterious Island, Robinson Crusoe, etc. Bonus - real photographs. Well told and fascinating. I want to know more.
posted by annathea at 12:14 PM on April 21, 2004

Navy "housewife":
posted by gnz2001 at 2:05 PM on April 21, 2004

This was very very good. I'm still thinking about 8 hours after I read it. Thank god I got the link before MeFi went down.

Is there some ingrained urge in humans to get away from everyone?
posted by Meridian at 2:09 PM on April 21, 2004

Divine_Wino: Try Paul Lutus' Confessions of a Long-Distance Sailor (free download).
posted by quarantine at 6:45 PM on April 21, 2004

Thank you quarantine.
posted by Divine_Wino at 7:36 AM on April 22, 2004

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