In Memoriam

Remembering The Cay

By posted at 9:43 am on October 29, 2006 3

coverTheodore Taylor died this week. He was best known as author of The Cay, a book that has stayed with me since I read it in fifth or sixth grade. The book has a premise appealing to an 11 year old as it imagines a boy that age during World War II who, after the boat he is riding on is torpedoed, ends up on a small island with an old black man, Timothy, and a cat. The boy, Phillip, has been blinded in the accident, and he has an ingrained mistrust of Timothy. Though the book is a story of how Phillip comes to love Timothy, it is unsentimental and peppered with enough adventure to keep a young reader interested. Unlike The Lord of the Flies that other classic about the youthful shipwrecked, The Cay felt more real to me as it wasn’t as weighted down by allegory. I hope kids still read The Cay in school.

Taylor’s obit in the LA Times.

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3 Responses to “Remembering The Cay”

  1. Scott
    at 11:41 am on October 29, 2006

    Kids still read The Cay, or at least they did in the mid-1990s, when I was in grade school. I read The Cay on a rainy afternoon during fifth grade and loved it.

  2. Anonymous
    at 2:23 pm on October 29, 2006

    They still do in Tracy, CA.

  3. Anonymous
    at 9:29 am on November 18, 2006

    I love the cay i read cay when i was in 5 th 6th grad and i love it thanks theodore taylor for writing a wonderfull book.

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