Selkirk's Island (Voyages)
Piracy and betrayal frame the epic story of solitary endurance that inspired Daniel Defoe's classic novel.
Who was the real Robinson Crusoe? And what did he really experience during his solitary stay on a remote island in the Pacific? Diana Souhami's revelatory account of Alexander Selkirk's adventures on the high seas and dry land leads us to the answers to both these ques
The real life Crusoe was a Scotsman called Alexander Selkirk who, after some minor transgression involving a church-related episode of indecency (no juicy details provided) disappeared off to sea to ...more
I liked this book but I took away half a star because I thought there was too much written about after Selkirk was rescued and not enough about his actual time on the island.
This event is what Robinson Crusoe was based on but Dafoe left out one little tidbit. Selkirk had....umm....."relations" with goats. That's right, THOSE kinds of relations. I found this pretty funny because he ate them too and I was picturing him appraising the goats and deciding which of the goats was ...more
Alexander Selkirk wasn't particularly likable, though. He got in fights with his family & shipmates (leading to his being marooned), he treated goats on the island pretty bestially (pun intended), he married a couple of women and abandoned them.
The descriptions of the life ...more