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"The Swiss Family Robinson" by Wyss and Son is a novel, intended to teach Wyss' four sons about family values, good husbandry, the uses of the natural world and self-reliance. Wyss' attitude toward education is in line with the teachings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and many of the episodes have to do with Christian-oriented moral lessons such as frugality, husbandry, acceptance, cooperation, etc.

The adventures are presented as a series of lessons in natural history and the physical sciences, and resemble other, similar educational books for children in this period. The novel opens with the family in the hold of a sailing ship, weathering a great storm. The ships' passengers evacuate without them, and William and Elizabeth Robinson and their four children (Fritz, Ernest, Jack and Francis) are left to survive alone. As the ship tosses about, the father - William - prays that God will spare them.

Johann David Wyss (1743-1818) was a Swiss pastor. Johann Rudolf Wyss (1782-1830) was one of his sons, a writer and folklorist who wrote the former Swiss national anthem: "Rufst Du, mein Vaterland".
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  • Craig
  • New England, USA
  • 09-22-18

A classic adventure!

This classic work of fiction can stir the senses of all who listen to it. Although a land such as is described does not exit with the flora and fauna, the story is still riveting.

Being read as a narrative through the eyes of the male protagonist by a female voice actor takes some getting used to.

The actual story line does get a bit far fetched,but it’s still entertaining.

Be ready for 19th century animal topics including hunting, animal husbandry, and other natural (yet unpalatable to today’s) processes.

I recommend this unabridged version of the tale, because it will shed much light on how things used to be done... even by the educated!

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