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The Swiss Family Robinson (Illustrated Junior Library) (original 1812; edition 2004)

by Johann Wyss

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The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss (1812)

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2019-05, fiction, adventure, shipwreck, island, family, discovery, exploration, exploring, farming, animals, jungle, swiss, english, classic, classics, ya, young adult, sailing
  herzogbr | May 6, 2019 |
Digital audiobook read by Frederick Davidson.

Originally published in 1812, this is a classic adventure tale of a mother, father and four sons who are shipwrecked on an unnamed (and apparently uncharted) tropical island in the South Seas.

I had never read the book, though I had seen the Disney movie back in the ‘60s. My adult self recognizes the glaringly implausible (and, frankly, impossible) scenarios – penguins AND bears AND ostriches! – but the adventure still captures the imagination. I also got a bit tired of the Father’s propensity to lecture; my stars, but the man is a walking encyclopedia and he feels compelled to impart his knowledge constantly. Since he is also the narrator, his superior attitude has plenty of opportunity to “shine.” Still, there is much practical information as well as natural history explained, and there are some very exciting scenes to capture the imagination of a young would-be explorer.

There are multiple editions of this classic and some have modernized the language to make it “more accessible to today’s students.” One edition I looked at had the narrator always referring to “the Mother,” never naming this strong woman but relegating her to only that role in life. The edition I wound up reading at least had the narrator referring to her as “my wife.” Again, no name but at least showing a personal relationship.

Davidson does an acceptable job of narrating the audiobook. His diction is clear, and he sets a decent pace, but his tone of voice makes the father/narrator sound even more superior than Wyss has written him (if that’s even possible). Also, this edition is one that has the narrator referring to the only woman in the party as “the Mother” without any name or even a hint at a personal connection, which just irritated me no end. ( )
  BookConcierge | Apr 16, 2019 |
A very curious reading from a historical perspective. What would life on an uninhabited island in the southern seas look like from a 19th century man's perspective? Apparently it would mostly consist of killing and/or taming any wild beast imaginable from all five continents. On that island the brave Robinson family encounters penguins, lions, walruses, kangaroos, ostriches, lions, elephants, bears, etc. I believe the learned Mr. Wyss felt an immense pressure to be just and not to overlook any creature he may have had a fortune to come across in his studies.

A little spoiler to add drama: some beasts were killed, while riding one of the aforementioned ostriches.

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  Firewild | Jan 3, 2019 |
Even on a shipwrecked island, you can't really ride an ostrich. Also, how many houses does one family need? Just a fun, wild read. ( )
  jonsweitzerlamme | Nov 28, 2018 |
Interesting history, but dust dry.

From dust jacket: Inspired by Daniel Dafoe’s Robinson Crusoe many eighteenth century writers adopted the theme of shipwreck and survival. So numerous were the imitations of the original that a special word “Robinsonnades” was created to describe them. The most famous of these was The Swiss Family Robinson, written by Joann David Wyss for his four sons. The Wyss family liked to read and discuss travel and adventure stories, and it was Robinson Crusoe that led them to imagine the life of a family shipwrecked, like Crusoe, on a distant island. Whilst The Swiss Family Robinson is based on the Wyss family, the setting shows an imaginative disregard for the facts of nature, for though the tropical island on which the family is shipwrecked is ‘in the neighbourhood of New Guinea’, it abounds with plants and animals from every climate in the world. Johann David Wyss did not attempt to have his story published, but his second son, Johann Rudolf, edited it and was responsible for its publication in two parts in 1812 and 1813. The book entitles Der Schweizerische Robinson, credited Johann Rudolf as the author, and he continues to be regarded as such, even though in the preface of the original edition, he explained he had only adapted his father’s work. The first English translation was published in 1814, under the title The Family Robinson Crusoe, or, Journal of a Father Shipwrecked, with His Wife and Children, on an Uninhabited Island. But by 1818, when the second English edition appeared, the title had changed to The Swiss Family Robinson, and although the title has remained the same ever since, the story itself has undergone numerous translations. ( )
  ParadisePorch | Sep 25, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wyss, Johann Davidprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wyss, Johann RudolfEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Kingston, William H.G.Editormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davidson, FrederickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dietz, NormanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edwards, JeanneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frith, HenryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gentleman, DavidIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guidall, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janeway, ElizabethAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kredel, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lovell, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, J. HillisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peake, MervynIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robinson, T. H.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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For many days we had been tempest-tossed.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451529618, Mass Market Paperback)

The 200th Anniversary Edition of The Swiss Family Robinson

Swept off course by a raging storm, a Swiss pastor, his wife, and their four young sons are shipwrecked on an uncharted tropical island. Thus begins the classic story of survival and adventure that has fired the imaginations of readers since it first appeared in 1812. With optimism and boundless enthusiasm, the Robinson family undertakes the extraordinary task of constructing a home for themselves and exploring the primitive island filled with strange and beautiful creatures and exotic fruits and plants. Rich in action and suspense, this exhilarating novel takes us to a faraway place of danger and beauty, where the courageous Robinson family embarks on a thrilling new life of adventure and discovery.

 

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Relates the fortunes of a shipwrecked family as they imaginatively adapt to life on an island with abundant animal and plant life.

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