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 2640th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 141

Since this book was first published in 1917, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 141.0.

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