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Marooned: The Strange But True Adventures of Alexander Selkirk, the Real Robinson Crusoe Hardcover – 17 Oct 2005
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While I had my suspicions I didn't fully realise this till I read the last page!
Not an uninteresting book at all. But I expected more.
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As a kid, I traveled many times to that island on loneliness, cannibals, hardships - and then the rescue of Friday. As I matured and thanks to the internet, I had better materials to discover that there was such a person and a writer who had all kinds of things going on.
This led me to finding MAROONED. An excellent piece of literature to help one understand what the classic tale Robinson went through. I have read this book twice now. Gives insight and direction to the tale I read as a kid. And I still read the tale as a kid but with adult attitude and perception.
Very enjoyable reading.
One thing the author did, however, was disconcerting:
Apparently to allow the reader to separate the researched elements of the tale from supposition, The Kraske awkwardly writes things like, "...gazing into the firelight, Selkirk MAY HAVE THOUGHT of his family in Largo..." (and then go into this flashback), instead of just saying "...gazing into the firelight, Selkirk THOUGHT of his family in Largo." While the first admits to supposition, this, nonetheless, jars the reader's suspension of disbelief.
Still, all-in-all, I found it interesting and enjoyable and well worth the 6.00 total.
It is so great to go to the primary source. So if you like Crusoe and Swiss you will really enjoy this tome.
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