For many days we had been tempest-tossed the raging storm increased in fury until on the seventh day all hope was lost.
From these dire opening lines, a timeless story of adventure begins. One family will emerge alive from this terrible storm: the Robinsons a Swiss pastor, his wife, and four sons, plus two dogs and a shipload of livestock. Inspired by Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe," " this heartwarming tale portrays a family's struggle to create a new life on a strange and fantastic tropical island. There each boy must learn to utilize his own unique nature as their adventures lead to difficult challenges and amazing discoveries, including a puzzling message tied to an albatross's leg. But it is in the ingenuity and authenticity of the family itself, and the natural wonders of this exotic land that have made The Swiss Family Robinson," " first published at the beginning of the nineteenth century, one of the most enduring and imitated stories of shipwreck and survival.
"From the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Johann David Wyss was a Swiss writer best known for his children s classic The Swiss Family Robinson. A pastor in Bern, Switzerland, Wyss s writing was influenced by his four sons, and was intended to serve as a moral guide for self-reliance, farming, cooperation, and frugality. Wyss died in 1818 at the age of 74, six years after the publication of The Swiss Family Robinson.
Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson (November 13, 1850-December 3, 1894), was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of Neo-romanticism in English literature. He was the man who "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins," as G. K. Chesterton put it. He was also greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kip-ling and Vladimir Nabokov. Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature. It is only recently that crit-ics have begun to look beyond Stevenson's popularity and allow him a place in the canon. Other Books of the Author: Treasure Island (1883) Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) The Black Arrow (1884) The New Arabian Nights (1882) Essays in the Art of Writing (1905) A Christmas Sermon (1900) The Master of Ballantrae (1889) The Silverado Squatters (1883)