Selkirk's Island: The True and Strange Adventures of the Real Robinson Crusoe (Paperback)

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A fascinating account of piracy, betrayal, and raw survival on the high seas and dry land, "Selkirk's Island" rediscovers the amazing tale of an eighteenth-century legend. Born a poor Scotsman, Alexander Selkirk signed with William Dampier, a pirate who was as famous for his self-promotion as for his naval success, on an ill-fated quest to pillage the famous Manila galleon. After a series of scuffles with the captain, Selkirk was put ashore on an island three hundred miles west of South America. Alone and with little more than the clothes on his back, Selkirk spent four long years learning to survive.
Drawing on Selkirk's own testimony, that of his rescuers and fellow crewmen, and petitions from two women who each claimed to be his wife, celebrated biographer Diana Souhami uncovers the truth behind the strangeness and wonder of a forgotten man and his unforgettable experience.

Praise For…


"Souhami. . . brings a distinctly modern approach to her biography of Selkirk. . . . With great flair, Souhami gives us a portrait of the man who made the place famous. . . . A vivid survival tale." --New York Times Book Review

"Souhami brilliantly recreates the feel of the high seas and the brave, money-hungry men who sailed them. . . . Rich and vastly entertaining." --The Christian Science Monitor

"Literary history compressed into capsule-size that goes down like a charm."--Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156027175
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: November 1st, 2002
Pages: 256