- Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap, New York (1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1855873354
- ISBN-13: 978-1855873353
- Package Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.4 x 1.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,555,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON Hardcover – 1992
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Top Customer Reviews
Instead this book contains a very strict set of morals and character building exercise within the framework of the story.
A family of husband and wife and 4 boys are marooned on a desert island. There is a certain amount of poetic license as the island contains hundreds of animals and plants, not normally seen together.
At times their need to survive is quite bloody, and more than one animal and bird finds itself despatched to the cooking pot. They are rather free with their rifles.
It is an enjoyable book, made the more so by the language of the day, which if a little flowery gives a sense of the time, and isolation they were living in.
I would suggest that many people have seen the Disney film based upon this story. The tree house, the variety of animals and the pioneering nature of the family will be familiar. However, the Disney scriptwriters did make some key alterations.
I agree that there are many sections where the author seems overly keen to elaborate just how many animals they kill in order to provide food, but that is probably just an example of the thinking of the day. However, it also highlights how with a little hard work and perseverance, people can build a satisfying lifestyle for themselves.
The book is fairly easy to read, and could be enjoyed by people of most ages.
It's not the best worded / plotted book, there is more a moralizing attitude of the pastor father to use every occassion to instruction his four sons. But it's fun to see the family exploring, inventing solutions and domesticating animals for their greater comfort.
The problem with the edition is that it stops short, like in the middle of literally nowhere! I only learned afterward there a 'various' edited versions. This one apparently leaves things out and doesn't have a finish. For instance they never meet anyone else, they apparently just stay another year on the island never sailing... too bad, sort of leaves you with a hunger to read another more complete version. Otherwise this is a very nice solid edition, printed in China, maybe they forgot some material?
I saw it was free on Kindle & thought 'Why Not?
I'm glad I did. Well written. Easy reading. Beats the film hands down.
While very inventive on how to survive on a desert island I got bored half way through and gave up.
Guess I am a writer's nightmare!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book and have already read it, can't wait to read it again!Published 4 months ago by Madeleine Martyn
My mum bought this for my little sister but even I enjoyed it.
great story for the whole family to enjoy!