This review is from: Selkirk's Island (Hardcover)
This is a biography of the man and the island. I enjoy Souhami's quirky style and short choppy sentences. I thought that Selkirk's relationship with the island would be the highlight of the book, but the journey home rival's Treasure Island as a tale of pirates and privations. I did wonder if she had evidence for his relationship with his goats, or if that was just made up, poor man, he doesn't come out of it well.
She doesn't overdo the civilisation v solitude aspect, but I was left pondering and a bit sad at Man's Godlike attempts to control the environment.
A book that stays with you.