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Swiss Family Robinson

or Adventures in a Desert Island

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Published: 1849
Language: English
Wordcount: 123,643 / 346 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.3
LoC Categories: PT, PQ
Downloads: 2,216 14759

by whose potent help I hope to get our boat afloat."

I quickly proceeded to tie a strong cord to the after-part of it, and the other end to a beam in the ship, which was still firm, leaving it long enough for security; then introducing two more rollers underneath, and working with the jack, we succeeded in launching our bark, which passed into the water with such velocity, that but for our rope it would have gone out to sea. Unfortunately, it leaned so much on one side, that none of the boys would venture into it. I was in despair, when I suddenly remembered it only wanted ballast to keep it in equilibrium. I hastily threw in anything I got hold of that was heavy, and soon had my boat level, and ready for occupation. They now contended who should enter first; but I stopped them, reflecting that these restless children might easily capsize our vessel. I remembered that savage nations made use of an out-rigger, to prevent their canoe oversetting, and this I determined to add to my work. I fixed two porti

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
Henry L. Ratliff

(1849) Adventure (Survival) / Young Readers (Moral religious/social)
R: * * * *

Plot bullets

  • This family is in route to Australia.

  • Their ship is wrecked off the African coast and only the family members, some animals and ship goods remain.

  • The family set about to make an island there new home. This is done too an incredible extent as the father is a scientist and the family the ideal social unit.

  • They must conten with the fear of pirates (sorry Disney, there are none), the need for shelter and food, and rescue. They make it a paradise.

  • If you had to be ship wrecked on an island, you would wish to do so with, The Swiss Family Robinson



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