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Marooned: The Strange but True Adventures of…

Marooned: The Strange but True Adventures of Alexander Selkirk, the Real…

by Robert Kraske

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This book tells the story of Alexander Selkirk, who related to Daniel Dafoe his true experience of being shipwrecked on an isand. Not overly long it is a nice companion to Robinson Crusoe. Find out the inspiration behind the classic book.
  wunderlong88 | Oct 11, 2017 |
I truly enjoyed this book! I have a love for ocean life - animals, environment, atmosphere, etc. so I picked it up as soon as I saw what it was about. It was an interesting story of Alexander Selkirk's survival on an island. I loved that he became so comfortable with a life that he was once terrified of. I was so glad that he didn't give up and end his life too soon, but instead pushed through day to day. When he found out what happened to his previous Captain and his crew, it was a real eye opener to the fact that things may seem bad when you're going through them but can be blessings in the end. I don't read too many books multiple times, but this is one that I'd like to have on my personal shelf to pick up every now and then. ( )
  LindseyB12 | May 7, 2013 |
This book details the life of Alexander Selkirk, a young man who was marooned after angering the captain of the ship Le Cirque. He survived on an island, alone, for four years and four months in the 1700s on a Spanish island. He raised goats and killed seals for food and supplies. He built his own house and used creative ingenuity to provide all the things he needed to live. Finally, he was rescued by an English ship. He traveled back to Europe, but regretted leaving his island home. He was never the same.

I enjoyed reading this short biography of Alexander Selkirk. I think anyone interested in shipwrecks or survival would really enjoy reading it. ( )
  ChloePalmer | Sep 14, 2011 |
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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.

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Marooned on a South Pacific island, Alexander Selkirk survived in complete solitude for more than four years. After his rescue in 1709 he became the real-life model for Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe.

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