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THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON Hardcover – 1992

4.2 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover
  • 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)
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Well this was an unexpected treat. I was expecting a sort of Disney type fairytale, about a family living in a treetop cabin, having fun and playing games all day.

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.
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This is the original story, of a family that are shipwrecked, and have to survive on a deserted island. The plot is fairly simple and takes the reader through the various activities that the family undertakes. It's split into two parts; the first being the first four years of isolation until they are discovered by a passing ship. The second part covers the years after that.

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.
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This is a story most of us have heard, seen or read, about a shipwrecked family being able to create a new homestead on a desert island. The island has everything they could need from animals, plants, even rubber trees to make rubber boots!
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?
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I last read this many years ago and purchased this to see if I could enjoy it as a (very) senior person. I think the style is hard going in these days and it would certainly be improved by the removal of about half the words. Although interesting as an exercise in nostalgia I don't think I shall be reading this very often.
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I have watched the film many times but I have never read the book (I am 55).
I saw it was free on Kindle & thought 'Why Not?
I'm glad I did. Well written. Easy reading. Beats the film hands down.
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first read , 50 yrs ago. just as enjoyable
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Was recapturing my youth with this one but went on too long with the same things happening repeatedly.
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!
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Great for free
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