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Seeking Robinson Crusoe by Tim Severin

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List Price: £7.99


Paperback: 368 Pages.

Published: 06 June 2003 by Pan

Edition: New Ed

ISBN: 0330486772

EAN: 9780330486774

Combining travel to remote islands and shores with brilliant literary detective work, Seeking Robinson Crusoe is a tale of adventure and discovery and is a fantastic journey into myth and history.


2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Anne


I thought that this book lacked focus. It tells the story of Alexander Selkirk who was the model for Robinson Crusoe. It then tells us about other castaways of the same era and in addition there is a travel aspect to the book as the writer visits the area where some of the castaways happened. I found this approach bitty and distracting and I lost where and when I was on a couple of occasions. I would have preferred the author to stick to one subject or to tell one story and then travel to that area and then another, and so on. I lost track of who was who and what their story was because there were so many included.

I also have to say that I didn't find the book terribly interesting. I should have because potentially this is an interesting subject and I enjoy travel writing and social history. I regret that this may just have been because of the way in which the stories were told. There was a lot of detail about the lives of the castaways and after a whole it all merged together in my mind. I didn't find the narrative held my attention although I freely admit that this might just have been me.

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