Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Marooned: The Strange but True Adventures of Alexander Selkirk the Real Robinson Crusoe

What a great book to read! Whether you have read the DeFoe novel Robinson Crusoe or not, I think this book gives much depth to your understanding of the novel and of the hardships some sailors faced. You probably didn’t realize that the story was based on the life of a real person.

Alexander Selkirk was marooned on an island in the South Pacific in the early 1700s. Marooned does not mean that he was somehow accidentally left, he was abandoned on a deserted island as a form of punishment. He had refused a direct order and punishment for mutiny was quick and cruel. The book outlines what Selkirk’s life was like during the four years he spent on the island, Juan Fernández, off the coast of South America.


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