This had always bugged me: What exactly sunk the ship at the beginning of the book? And if a mast crashed onto your head, wouldn't it kill you? Philip just went blind because of it. WTF?
The ship was torpedoed by the Germans. Head injuries can cause all sorts of trauma; Phillip must have had damage to his occipital lobe.
Um, what? Explain, plz.
In short, damage to different areas of the brain can cause different kinds of damage, and though a blow like that is often fatal, it's by no means a certainty. Phillip probably had damage to the area of his brain that affects eyesight/vision (the occipital lobe), but did not sustain any other serious brain damage, so he survived, but was blinded.
In the sequel, Timothy of The Cay, where on earth did they get clothes that fit an 11/12-year-old boy? Did he just walk around wearing an extra sailor uniform or something?
Okay, help me with this: How old is Timothy? It's revealed through dialogue that he called Phillip "Young Bhass" as a carryover from his slave years, yet slavery ended in 1865 and the book is in 1941. Shouldn't Timothy have been dead long before Phillip was even born?