In Search Of Robinson Crusoe

by Tim Severin

Hardcover, 2002

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Basic Books (2002), Edition: 1st, 352 pages


This work is an exploration in to the legend behind Danile Defoe's classic novel, citing possible places where this famous character could have been marooned. It rexamines the claim that Crusoe was based on a real life castaway, Alexander Selkirk. Describing the tropical locales and the practicalities of island life, the text brings the fictional and the factual together, along the way exploding some enduring myths.

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LibraryThing member SeriousGrace
Reading In Search of Robinson Crusoe reminded me a great deal of the show "Myth Busters." Everyone knows the story of (or at least heard of) Robinson Crusoe. Tim Severin sets out to explain the landscape of Daniel Defoe's imagination, beginning with the Isla Robinson Crusoe, 400 miles off the coast of Chile. Weaving together fact, fiction, myth, mystery, history and adventure Severin is able to produce a believable retracing of one of literatures best known castaways, Robinson Crusoe. What's more, Severin is able to retrace the ancestry of Man Friday as well.… (more)




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