Book Review-The Cay
Sure to please anyone!
Eventually, Phillip gets over it. After becoming blind, Phillip relies on Timothy. But Timothy assures Phillip that he will one day see again, so he has to learn how to hunt and fish on his own. It progresses quickly, as Timothy stated in the book:
"Phillip, you can do more than than I can, and your blind. You see, you don't need eyes."
Towards the end of the book, Timothy catches a deadly case of malaria, a disease caused by mosquitoes. Now, Phillip has to survive by himself, and his little companion Stew Cat. Phillip misses Timothy, and doesn't know how much longer he will be on the island. But one day in August, Phillip is finally rescued, and his reunited with his family again, and Stew Cat comes to live with him.
Four months later, Phillip has had surgery on his eyes. He can see again! But he always has glasses. I guess you could say the main character here has matured from his stage of 'War is just a game' stage, to a boy who is much wiser, and know what it takes to survive. The book states:
"I continue to see Henrik van Boven occasionally, but he seems very childish."
Overall, I'd think the book is a very good, coming of age story.