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Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls: True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivors | [Edward E. Leslie]

Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls: True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivors

From Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson to Alive! and Adrift, tales of survival have captivated readers. Here are the most remarkable stories imaginable of maroons, castaways, and other survivors from the 1500s to the present: their moral dilemmas, their personalities, and their influence on society, literature, and art.
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From Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson to Alive! and Adrift, tales of survival have captivated readers. Here are the most remarkable stories imaginable of maroons, castaways, and other survivors from the 1500s to the present: their moral dilemmas, their personalities, and their influence on society, literature, and art. Included in this volume are accounts of shipwrecks, descriptions of being marooned in such isolated corners of the globe as Ascension Island and Patagonia, and an account by Antoine de Saint-Exupery on his experience in the Libyan desert.

Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls is an unforgettable exploration of a subject of perennial fascination.

©1988 Edward E. Leslie; (P)1998 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"The ultimate book of ordeals....Fascinating, entertaining, and horrifying. I heartily recommend it." (Paul Theroux)

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    M. C. 03-14-06
    M. C. 03-14-06 Member Since 2008
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    "Reads like a text book"

    I believe this was written in 1988 but the tone and style seems more like an 1800's text book. It contains quite a bit of information, but I didn't find it at all "Fascinating, entertaining, and horrifying" as the review by Paul Theroux states. Nor can "I heartily recommend it". If you're interested in a study of the psychology and history of marooned people, go for it, if you're looking for facinatition and entertainment, pass on this one.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    nancy 12-03-06
    nancy 12-03-06 Member Since 2011
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    "Slow to start"

    I'm a big fan of survivor stories such as those on the Discovery channel, so I thought this book would be enthralling. However, I found it hard to get into and hard to follow (possibly because my mind kept wandering), at least for the first third of the book. If you're looking for entertaining survivor stories and you want to give this one a try, I'd skip part 1 and start with part 2. Even then, it's still a little dry.

    Other survivor stories I'd recommend include Life of Pi (fiction) and Over the Edge (non-fiction).

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Beverly, Massachusetts 01-08-15
    Elizabeth Beverly, Massachusetts 01-08-15 Member Since 2010
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    What disappointed you about Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls?

    I thought that this book would be more short stories but it really is more of a reference book. The information is interesting but definitely not put in story form.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I didn't enjoy this book but if you are someone who enjoys just the facts this book would be for you. The information is robust and well researched.


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