It is completely unbelievable and not in a fun adventure story kind of way. What a relief to have that out of the way. It is set in the 1840s in the fictional town of St. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition. To view it, Unfortunately, the charm of this book was completely overshadowed by it's out of dated-ness for me. Johann David Wyss, the author, did not live to complete his tale.
Robinson knows about every single plant and animal and its possible uses in a place he's never been before. I'm having a hard time getting through it. I guess my real quibble is the lack of tension here. I have great memories of Dad reading this to us as kids, it was so hoplessly archaic and ridiculous that his rendition quickly became sarcastic. Translated into English as Swiss Family Robinson in 1814 and into many other languages, the book became one of the most popular novels ever written. It has since become one of the most popular books of all time. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace.
Yet, I did not balk at incredulity when Cyrus Harding moved from one advancement to another, or accessed astonishing amounts of information using his memory alone. And finally, they have a terrifying encounter with natives from a nearby island. Also included are The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1884 , Tom Sawyer Abroad 1894 , and Tom Sawyer, Detective 1896. Perhaps I am being harsh. Besides The Mysterious Island, I had also seen the Disney movie, The Swiss Family Robinson. Robinson did he have a first name? Cut off from the comforts and companionship of other humans, they use a familiarity with natural history and biology to find the resources and build the tools to construct a canoe, weave cloth, irrigate a garden, and turn an immense hollow tree into a lofty house with a spiral staircase.
And my parents backed him up, it was his book. A book about teaching children about survival. Below are The Top 20 Books About Voyage and Adventure according to Book Buddy. Boys are clever and kill everything in sight. From Christian Classics Library Wyss is best remembered for his book The Swiss Family Robinson.
It had the mid-range rattle of a poorly recorded book. Not to mention, that every chapter reads like a how-to-book. When the storm finally abated, they figured out a way to shore and immediately tackled the most urgent needs like food and shelter for the night. Boys are clever and kill everything in sight. I think this may be my fourth or fifth time re-reading it. A time long before you decided to open this book of rank douchery. I could go on, but let me just touch briefly upon the absurdity of the last line in the back cover blurb.
They don't even live principally in a tree house, they move to a cave. Now we're going to watch the Disney movie. Go over to Robinson Crusoe for a more adventurous read. He reads in a very clear voice and with an engaging style, which together do a great job in conveying the author's intent and holding the listener's interest. The boys shoot every animal they see, which range from inhabitants of the African savannah, Australia, and the American northwest -- yes, hippos, rhinos, lions, tigers, kangaroos, bears, elephants, the duck-billed platypus, you name it, they're on the island. Spine professionally re-backed maintaining original backstrip. I get that sometimes you might want to go to spot X to avail yourself of resource Y that is found in that area, and that sometimes you may need to stay there for a few days while you're gathering the stuff or whatever.
Any animal or plant he saw, he immediately knew the scientific classification, background, and general usage for it as if reading out of the page of an encyclopedia an interesting study would be to find the Swiss encyclopedias of the time and find out which ones Wyss plagiarized from, probably verbatim in most instances, in order to piece together Mr. Johann Rudolf Wyss, born March 4, 1782, , Switz. I can almost hear the conversation with the publisher. The Swiss Family Robinson By Johann D. The mother is amazingly well versed in the art of outdoor cooking and whips up a homecooked meal the first night they are on the island.
I was looking forward to it as classic literature, but I'm afraid it's simply past it's time. Swept off course by a raging storm, a Swiss pastor, his wife, and their four young sons are shipwrecked on an uncharted tropical island. Way to destroy the ostriches' chance of continued survival, losers. The Swiss Family Robinson was first published in 1812 and translated into English two years later. No dust jacket, as issued.
I tried to get through it but the lack of any serious conflict was disappointing. Later, they found an English girl, Jenny, who had been stranded on a different island for three years. I think my favorite part was when they murdered 40 apes. I understand this was originally written in another language and in a another time, and I had no problem with that. Literally every single page some kind of animal was shot and killed, sometimes cruelly and usually unnecessarily. This is how you write a story about a shipwreck I had no idea this one had so many negative reviews. They're on a desert island.
When I read this to my kids this is my second time, right now I'm reading to the 7 and 10 year old , we talk about the characters' dated historical attitudes. The list of ridiculous statements goes on and on and on. . The characters are obnoxiously perfect. When I was a kid my brother had a beautiful illustrated edition of this book. That's not to say that there aren't distinguishing personality traits.