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

Book - 2005
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In 1704, Alexander Selkirk was voyaging across the South Pacific when, after arguing with the ship's captain, he was put ashore- alone-on an uninhabited island.Equipped with little more than a musket and his wits, Selkirk not only survived in complete solitude for more than four years, but to came to be quite comfortable and happy.After being rescued by a British privateer in 1709, he took a leading role in several dramatic captures of merchant ships.Although he returned to civilization a rich man, he couldn't find a place in society and always longed to return to the paradise of his island.Selkirk's well-documented adventures so inspired Daniel Defoe that they became the basis for his perennial classic, Robinson Crusoe.In an account that is every bit as fascinating as Defoe's novel, Robert Kraske provides vivid descriptions of Selkirk's days on the island and aboard ship, including details of the violent, bloody, and legally sanctioned pirating that went on in the early 18th century.Author's note, glossary, bibliography, index.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, c2005.
ISBN: 9780618568437
Branch Call Number: J 996.18
Characteristics: 120 p. : ill., maps ; 19 cm.


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Mar 20, 2010

Anyone who would have just read this book, would immediately have learned something new. They may have never knew that the story of Robinson Crusoe was inspired by this man who lived alone on a small Pacific island for a couple years. Fascinating story !


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