The Swiss Family Robinson: Adventures on a Desert Island: (Illustrated and Free Audiobook Link) by Johann David Wyss

The Swiss Family Robinson: Adventures on a Desert Island: (Illustrated and Free Audiobook Link)

byJohann David Wyss

Kobo ebook | August 18, 2013

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The Swiss Family Robinson  is a novel by Johann David Wyss, first published in 1812, about a Swiss family shipwrecked in the East Indies en route to Port Jackson, Australia.

The novel opens with the family in the hold of a sailing ship, weathering a great storm. The ship runs aground on a reef, and the family learns the ship's crew has taken to a lifeboat and abandoned them. Subsequent searches for the crew yield no trace.

The ship survives the night, and the family finds themselves within sight of a tropical island. The ship's cargo of livestock, dogs, guns & powder, carpentry tools, books, a disassembled pinnace, and provisions have survived. The family builds a raft, lashes livestock and the most valuable supplies to it, and paddles to the island, where they set up a temporary shelter.

Over the next few weeks they make several expeditions back to the ship, to empty its hold, and harvest rigging, planks, and sails. They construct a small homestead on the island, and the ship's hull eventually breaks up in a storm and founders.

The middle of the book is a series of vignettes, covering several years. The father and older boys explore various environments about the island, discover various (improbable) plants and animals, and build a large tree house, complete with a library. They also use the carpentry tools and local resources to build mechanical contraptions.

Eventually, sailing the pinnace around the island's coast, they discover a European family hiding from local pirates. They adopt their daughter (who at first masquerades as a boy), and her father returns on a rescue mission, restoring the family's contact to the outside world.

Title:The Swiss Family Robinson: Adventures on a Desert Island: (Illustrated and Free Audiobook Link)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 18, 2013Publisher:Unsecretbooks.comLanguage:English

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ISBN:9990006416640

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