South Wind by Norman Douglas

Set on the fictional Mediterranean island of Nepenthe, the narrative unfolds as a diverse cast of eccentric expatriates and natives engage in philosophical discussions and indulge in the hedonistic pursuits characteristic of the island's culture. The central theme revolves around the clash between the island's permissive morals and the more conservative values of the outside world, with the plot meandering through various anecdotes and character studies rather than following a traditional linear progression. The novel is a satirical exploration of human nature, freedom, and the search for happiness, all set against the backdrop of a sun-drenched, idyllic landscape that seems to encourage both personal reflection and the shedding of societal constraints.

The 2227th greatest book of all time


Published
1917
Nationality
British
Type
Fiction
Pages
Unknown
Words
150,000
Original Language
English

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