Paradise Island: A Dreamer's Guidebook on How to Survive Paradise and Triumph over Human Nature by Brandon Royal

Paradise Island: A Dreamer's Guidebook on How to Survive Paradise and Triumph over Human Nature

byBrandon Royal

Kobo ebook | December 20, 2012

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Are we masters of or servants to our own human nature? This illustrated short story presents a satire on human nature. “Human nature” are two words that are used often, but what exactly do they mean? This work explores, in narrative form, that mysterious collage of traits, emotions, and idiosyncrasies that describes the way we are and the way we behave — our envy, vanity, greed, and white lies as well as our loyalty, generosity, love, and honor.

Paradise Island is a fable about a young adventurer who travels to the sunny, fun-filled island of his dreams, but struggles to keep paradise found from becoming paradise lost. A product of inspirational and literary fiction, this work will appeal to readers interested in fantasy, satire, and philosophy in fiction.

From the Publisher: This illustrated novel is ideally suited to high school or college students studying English literature or philosophy. It is a think piece that lends itself to classroom or group discussion.

From the Author: What is the difference between the stories of The Map Maker and Paradise Island? The Map Maker is a short story that presents a satire on human perspective (how we see the world). Paradise Island is a short novel that presents a satire on human nature (why we are the way we are).

Author’s bio: Brandon Royal is an award-winning writer whose educational authorship includes The Little Blue Reasoning Book, The Little Red Writing Book, The Little Gold Grammar Book, and The Little Green Math Book. During his tenure working in Hong Kong for US-based Kaplan Educational Centers – a Washington Post subsidiary and the largest test-preparation organization in the world – Brandon honed his theories of teaching and education and developed a set of key learning "principles" to help define the basics of writing, grammar, math, and reasoning. A Canadian by birth and graduate of the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, his interest in writing began after completing fiction and scriptwriting courses at Harvard University. Since then he has authored a dozen books and reviews of his books have appeared in Time Asia magazine, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal of America, Midwest Book Review, The Asian Review of Books, Choice Reviews Online, Asia Times Online, and About.com. Brandon is a five-time winner of the International Book Awards, a seven-time gold medalist at the President’s Book Awards, as well as recipient of the “Educational Book of the Year” award as presented by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. He has also been a winner or finalist at the Ben Franklin Book Awards, the Global eBook Awards, the Beverly Hills Book Awards, the IPPY Awards, the USA Book News “Best Book Awards,” and the Foreword magazine Book of the Year Awards.

“A delectable dish of human foible, served with parsnips baked in irony oil, all topped with a sprinkling of satire-roasted fennel seeds.”
—Justin Hurwitz, Editor, The Harvard Lampoon

Title:Paradise Island: A Dreamer's Guidebook on How to Survive Paradise and Triumph over Human NatureFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 20, 2012Publisher:Maven PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1897393121

ISBN - 13:9781897393123

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from How long can reality maintain the mirage of Paradise? How wonderful it would be to live in a locale such as Paradise Island where just stepping outside renews your soul. How exhilarating it would be to lay claim to that Paradise as a part-owner of a successful Island bar. How liberating it would feel to buy your very own island on which to build your dream house. And, how idyll it would be to exist with your exotic island love among the locals for a flavorful experience. So how did the expats -- “those die-hard, no frills foreigners who have been on Paradise Island since the beginning of time” -- slip into a “state of apathy and decay?” Does it have something to do with not coming to grips with the “subjectivity of truth and the relativity of reality”? This book will really have you thinking. Where I am now was once my dream for a perfect life, so why doesn’t it feel so perfect now? Maybe it is but I just forgot. Book your next quest to Paradise Island, and chart out the map of your soul.
Date published: 2011-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "one of a kind bar tale" This book is one of the cleverest bar novels I've ever read. It reminded me of "Don't Stop the Carnival" (by Herman Wouk), which I purchased as an out-of-print copy. Here was the story of a middle-aged New York agent who exits the rat race and heads for the Caribbean (fictitious Island of Amerigo) to start a new life in paradise. He buys a hotel (Gull Reef Club) and begins to renovate, but is stymied by comically tragic situations that turn his life upside down. Things in la-la land don't work like they do in the first world and the locals are as warmly endearing and they are indubitably infuriating. By the end of the story, Norman Paperman (main character) is packing his bags and heading for the airport. Pleasure Island is a cautionary tale written with literary flair. Here is the story of a foreigner who arrives in wonderland and tries to run a bar, build an island home, and even sojourn in his girlfriend's village home. But all these short episodes end in debacle, leaving our young Map Maker reeling as reality infringes on the promise of an idyllic dream world. Given that Herman Wouk's novel became a musical with lyrics by Jimmy Buffet, I could see "Pleasure Island" morphing itself into film, perhaps as a fantasy (aka "Lost in the Land of the Dancing Mermaids") or even as a dark comedy (aka "Dr. Goodlove - How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bar.")
Date published: 2011-01-17