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The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
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The Swiss Family Robinson

by Johann David Wyss

37 ratings, 8 reviews

The Swiss Family Robinson has delighted generations of readers with its exciting tale of a family which, though shipwrecked, displays “the right stuff” and builds a charming colony that later, they do not want to leave. 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. They domesticate buffaloes, wild asses, and monkeys. They establish farms and plantations. And finally, they have a terrifying encounter with natives from a nearby island.Johann David Wyss, the author, did not live to complete his tale. Storytellers over the years have injected so many episodes into the various versions that probably none closely match the original. (Indeed, the Baroness de Montholieu expanded the book from two volumes into five when she translated it into French.) This effort was re-translated into English in 1849 by W.H.G. Kingston, abridging the edition severely. It follows the British sensibilities of the period in terms of sentence structure and emphasis.

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37 ratings, 8 reviews
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Camille Knopps

September 29, 2012

Enjoyed the reader & the story. Listened while I ran or walked.

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Raymond Knable

September 21, 2012

Great reader.

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Theresa Depuy

August 27, 2012

I loved the story but some of the audio book chapters were not complete :(

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Abel Becerra

August 26, 2012

Enjoyed

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Lee Pritchett

May 24, 2012

Wonderful book, & a great reader!

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Pam McKnight

February 23, 2012

Ok I guess

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Sally Smith

December 11, 2011

I have always loved this story and the reader is excellent. So much better than the film.

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Hamo Donigian

September 28, 2011

Great book to learn from, and very good narrator.