Castaway Literature: Background information when reading The Lifeboat

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The Lifeboat

A Novel

by Charlotte Rogan

The Lifeboat
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    Apr 2012, 288 pages
    Jan 2013, 304 pages

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Castaway Literature

When human beings are torn from society and forced to fight for survival, our true nature is often revealed. With very clear threats to life and limb, and without any need to account for our actions when laws become irrelevant, we can revert to our primal instincts for personal survival. But to what extent is a person willing to go in order to survive? In a kill-or-be-killed situation, are humans actually more highly evolved than other animals? Throughout history, writers have tried to answer these questions, among others, via the art of fiction.

<i>The Tempest</i> Believed to have been written in 1610 or 1611, William Shakespeare's The Tempest is the story of The Duke of Milan - Prospero - who, along with his daughter Miranda, has been exiled to an island by Prospero's jealous brother Antonio and Alonso, the King of Naples. Prospero has magical powers and, when he hears that his brother and Alonso are sailing nearby, ...

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