Selkirk's Island

Selkirk's Island

The True and Strange Adventures of the Real Robinson Crusoe

Book - 2001
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Houghton
Piracy and betrayal frame the epic story of solitary endurance that inspired Daniel Defoe's classic novel.

Who was the real Robinson Crusoe? And what did he really experience during his solitary stay on a remote island in the Pacific? Diana Souhami's revelatory account of Alexander Selkirk's adventures on the high seas and dry land leads us to the answers to both these questions, and explores the reality behind the romance of privateering on the high seas.

Born to a poor Scottish family, Selkirk signed on with an ill-fated quest to sack the famous Manila galleon, one of the richest prizes on the southern seas. After a series of misfortunes and disagreements among the crew, Selkirk was put ashore on an island three hundred miles west of South America, where he spent four years learning to survive with little more than his bare hands.
Acclaimed biographer Diana Souhami evokes all the strangeness and wonder of his story and interprets the haze created by three centuries of literature and legend. The result is a brilliantly lucid and lyrical recovery and discovery of a forgotten man and his unforgettable experience.



Baker & Taylor
Offers an account of the life and experiences of Alexander Selkirk, whose adventures and solitary struggle for survival after being marooned on a desert island inspired Daniel Defoe's classic novel "Robinson Crusoe."

Harcourt Publishing
Piracy and betrayal frame the epic story of solitary endurance that inspired Daniel Defoe's classic novel.

Who was the real Robinson Crusoe? And what did he really experience during his solitary stay on a remote island in the Pacific? Diana Souhami's revelatory account of Alexander Selkirk's adventures on the high seas and dry land leads us to the answers to both these questions, and explores the reality behind the romance of privateering on the high seas.

Born to a poor Scottish family, Selkirk signed on with an ill-fated quest to sack the famous Manila galleon, one of the richest prizes on the southern seas. After a series of misfortunes and disagreements among the crew, Selkirk was put ashore on an island three hundred miles west of South America, where he spent four years learning to survive with little more than his bare hands.
Acclaimed biographer Diana Souhami evokes all the strangeness and wonder of his story and interprets the haze created by three centuries of literature and legend. The result is a brilliantly lucid and lyrical recovery and discovery of a forgotten man and his unforgettable experience.



Book News
Biographer Diana Souhami tells the story of Alexander Selkirk (1680-1721), marooned on a remote island west of South America in the early 18th century; his experiences inspired Defoe's novel, Robinson Crusoe . Souhami draws from several resources, including accounts by Selkirk, his rescuers, fellow crewmen, and eighteenth century writers, petitions by two women each claiming to be Selkirk's wife, and historical maritime documents. She combines these with her own experiences of living for three months on the island to give the reader a sense of who Selkirk was, and what he really experienced during his four, solitary years on the desert island. Illustrated with black-and-white maps, charts, and photographs, this academic work is accessible to the general reader. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Who was the real Robinson Crusoe? And what did he really experience during his solitary stay on a desert island? Souhami's revelatory account of piracy, betrayal, and raw survival in the eighteenth century leads us to the answers to both these questions.

Baker
& Taylor

The acclaimed author of The Trials of Radclyffe Hall offers a fascinating account of the life and experiences of Alexander Selkirk, whose adventures and solitary struggle for survival after being marooned on a desert island inspired Daniel Defoe's classic novel Robinson Crusoe. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Harcourt, c2001
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780151005260
0151005265
Branch Call Number: 910.452 So82s
Characteristics: 246 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm

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