The Last Good Paradise

The Last Good Paradise

Book - 2015
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From Tatjana Soli, the bestselling author of The Lotus Eaters and The Forgetting Tree, comes a black comedy set on an island resort, where guests attempting to flee their troubles realize they can't escape who they are.

On a small, unnamed coral atoll in the South Pacific, a group of troubled dreamers must face the possibility that the hopes they've labored after so single-mindedly might not lead them to the happiness they feel they were promised. Ann and Richard, an aspiring, Los Angeles power couple, are already sensing the cracks in their version of the American dream when their life unexpectedly implodes, leading them to brashly run away from home to a Robinson Crusoe idyll. Dex Cooper, lead singer of the rock band, Prospero, is facing his own slide from greatness, experimenting with artistic asceticism while accompanied by his sexy, young, and increasingly entrepreneurial muse, Wende. Loren, the French owner of the resort sauvage , has made his own Gauguin-like retreat from the world years before, only to find that the modern world has become impossible to disconnect from. Titi, descendent of Tahitian royalty, worker, and eventual inheritor of the resort, must fashion a vision of the island's future that includes its indigenous people, while her partner, Cooked, is torn between anarchy and lust.

By turns funny and tragic, The Last Good Paradise explores our modern, complex and often, self-contradictory discontents, crafting an exhilarating and darkly satirical story about our need to connect in an increasingly networked but isolating world.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250043962
1250043964
Characteristics: 306 pages

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Jun 01, 2016

An okay read about a couple trying to salvage their relationship and themselves by going on holiday to a remote island resort in the South Pacific. This is a better work on this subject than something like, say, Couples Retreat (a terrible movie starring Vince Vaughn). I sympathized with the main character's burnout at the high-profile LA law firm she works at (I am friends with a suspiciously high number of lawyers), but for the most part I found the characters a little annoying, and not that likable. Overall a perfectly decent beach read, with slightly more emotional complexity and depth than most.

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