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

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

Diana Souhami / Jul 22, 2019

Selkirk s Island The True and Strange Adventures of the Real Robinson Crusoe 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

  • Title: Selkirk's Island: The True and Strange Adventures of the Real Robinson Crusoe
  • Author: Diana Souhami
  • ISBN: 9780156027175
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.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 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.

    Alejandro Selkirk Island Alejandro Selkirk Island Alejandro Selkirk Island Spanish Isla Alejandro Selkirk , previously known as Ms Afuera Farther Out to Sea and renamed after the marooned sailor Alexander Selkirk, is the largest and most westerly island in the Juan Fernndez Archipelago of the Valparaso Region of Chile. Selkirk s Island The True and Strange Adventures of the Selkirk s Island is a book filled with fascinating facts woven together with logical conjecture I recommend it as a spellbinding read for anyone who is comfortable thinking outside the box Read people found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse See all reviews. Selkirks Island by Diana Souhami I think that is primarily due to the fact that I was expecting less of Selkirk s island experience and of the wider picture the author covers of the time, the man, and the island I think the name is a bit of a misnomer The Island is only loosely a character or main theme of the book. Selkirk s Island A Politico Apocalyptic Web Log updates Battle for Haiti is the first episode of the th season of the PBS documentary series Frontline, and it details the disintegration of Haitian society in the year since the Caribbean nation was hit by a massive earthquake on the th of January, . Only a few years before this event, Haiti underwent a revolution following decades of dictatorship. Selkirks Island By Diana Souhami Books The book bug Selkirks Island Category Letters Diaries Biographies and Autobiographies Description Alexander Selkirk was marooned on the uninhabited island of Juan Fernandez in after a row with the captain of his ship He had been on a treasure seeking adventure to the South Seas. Review Selkirk s Island by Diana Souhami Books The Selkirk s Island Diana Souhami pp, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, . This book is a retelling of Robinson Crusoe in which the real hero is the island a parable of nature surviving the colonising ambitions of man It is based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who was marooned on the island of Juan Fernandez in the South Seas. Home RiverPointe Estates at Selkirk Island Selkirk Island is located on the banks of the Colorado River between Bay City and Matagorda It was founded in by one of the original Texian settlers Selkirk s descendants remain involved in the Island s development today. Alexander Selkirk Alexander Selkirk Alexander Selkirk December was a Scottish privateer and Royal Navy officer who spent four years and four months as a castaway after being marooned by his captain on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean He survived that ordeal, but succumbed to tropical illness The Incredible Survival Story of Alexander Selkirk The Incredible Survival Story of Alexander Selkirk How One Man Survived On a Deserted Island for Over Four Years, and Inspired the Tale of Robinson Crusoe. SELKIRK S ISLAND by Diana Souhami Kirkus Reviews Acclaimed literary biographer Souhami Gertrude and Alice, , etc profiles the island and the individual whose story inspired Daniel Defoe s novel.The author begins her narrative not with the man but with the place Isla Juan Fernandez, The Island, a volcanic crag off the coast of South America teeming with flora and fauna in the early years of European exploration.

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      • Diana Souhami

        Diana Souhami was brought up in London and studied philosophy at Hull University She worked in the publications department of the BBC before turning to biography In 1986 she was approached by Pandora Press and received a commission to write a biography of Hannah Gluckstein Souhami became a full time writer publishing biographies which mostly explore the most influential and intriguing of 20th century lesbian and gay lives.She is the author of 12 critically acclaimed nonfiction and biography books, including Selkirk s Island winner of the Whitbread Biography Award , The Trials of Radclyffe Hall winner of the Lambda Literary Award and shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography , the bestselling Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter winner of the Lambda Literary Award and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year , Gertrude and Alice, and Wild Girls Paris, Sappho, and Art She lives in London.


    472 Comments

    1. Although this book won a prize, and despite it being nicely enough written, plainly not a bad-bad book, I would recommend freely for all those who will live as long as the sun (view spoiler)[ in so far as that mass of burning matter can be said to have a lifespan and so be alive (hide spoiler)]and who during the course of those ages of time might be marooned on an island whether off the coast of Chile or elsewhere with nothing else to read.To say the same but differently it felt like reading a s [...]


    2. Until I read this I didn't realise that the story of Robinson Crusoe was based loosely on a true story. Maybe I'm dumb and everyone else already knew this? I'd always just assumed that it was a fanciful tale cooked up by Defoe while he was cooling his heels and thinking up the plot of Moll Flanders. The real life Crusoe was a Scotsman called Alexander Selkirk who, after some minor transgression involving a church-related episode of indecency (no juicy details provided) disappeared off to sea to [...]


    3. **actual rating 3.5**I liked this book but I took away half a star because I thought there was too much written about after Selkirk was rescued and not enough about his actual time on the island. This event is what Robinson Crusoe was based on but Dafoe left out one little tidbit. Selkirk had.umm"relations" with goats. That's right, THOSE kinds of relations. I found this pretty funny because he ate them too and I was picturing him appraising the goats and deciding which of the goats was better l [...]


    4. I'm not sure if it was the early 18th-century language and odd word spellings that did it, or just the fact that Alexander Selkirk was something of a scoundrel, causing grief even after his death, that made this book drag for me. I liked it, but didn't love it - when I put it down, I didn't think, "Man, I can't wait till I have time to get back to that book!" The tone was kind of cold and clinical - the author didn't seem like she really cared about the story one way or another; it felt like a b [...]


    5. I think the name is a bit of a misnomer; The Island is only loosely a character or main theme of the book. A fascinating read nonetheless with lots of historically accurate information. This is the second time I read this book (because I just keep forgetting what I've read) and I appreciated it more this go round. I think that is primarily due to the fact that I was expecting less of Selkirk's island experience and more of the wider picture the author covers of the time, the man, and the island. [...]


    6. I'm a big fan of natural history books, and this one is well-researched and written without trying to embellish the story. It's equally fascinating that Selkirk survived the ensuing battles and constant threats of disease and death after his rescue.Natural history and science readers who enjoyed Longitude, In the Heart of the Sea, The Map that Changed the World, the Lighthouse Stevensons and Calendar will find this one worthy reading.


    7. This book has an interesting contrast in approach to Souhami's part-novel, part-memoir based on another remote island, Pitcairn. She has spent time both there and on the Juan Fernandez Islands, where Selkirk, the hero of this tale, was marooned and survived for several years. This book begins intriguingly with a speculation about how the islands were formed and what their pre-Selkirk history might have been. (I imagine this was stimulated by studies of how the Galapagos Islands evolved, albeit t [...]


    8. Someone recommended this book to me. I read it with growing incredulity and annoyance. I suppose the inclusion of the word 'true' in the title primed me for criticism, because this is a work of supposition and fiction. The suggestion that a Brazilian snake could reach Juan Fernandez by drifting on a log of wood is incredible: over 3000 miles at sea with the fierce currents of the Southern Ocean speeding in the opposite direction. The statements of how far Selkirk's island is from South America v [...]


    9. If you like Patrick O'Brian's books, you'll probably like this true-life but fictionalized story of a sailor who was stranded on an island (far) off the coast of Chile in the early 1700's, for "four years and four months".Alexander Selkirk wasn't particularly likable, though. He got in fights with his family & shipmates (leading to his being marooned), he treated goats on the island pretty bestially (pun intended), he married a couple of women and abandoned them.The descriptions of the life [...]


    10. This was an interesting book, I had no idea Robinson Crusoe was based on a real person, although loosely. I found the history about sea voyages and the English funding expeditions for treasure was good information. I was disappointed at how little there was about Selkirk's actual time on the island, but I guess since this is a factual book, the facts are, there isn't much more information about it. Sea travel was extremely dangerous and the ships hardly seaworthy, I had no idea so many died on e [...]


    11. The authoress, Diana Souhami writes beautifully. That's just for starters. The book recreates the story of an itinerant Scottish sailor who's marooned on an island for over four years. The immortal story of Robinson Crusoe is based on this man's adventures. Souhami uses exhaustive research to create the times (early 18th century) aboard pirate ships attempting to overcome Spanish ships loaded with gold returning from South America. Souhami actually lived for three months alone on the island to g [...]


    12. Having studied several of the buccaneering characters affiliated with Selkirk, it seemed apropos to dig into this study of Selkirk himself. The tale was what I expected, fascinating. Souhami's word choices throughout the work raise questions to her professionalism and appropriateness of piece for academic use (see references to Selkirk's goat sex).


    13. This one works on two levels for most readers. If you have somehow never read or heard ofRobinson Crusoe there's an interesting history of a singular time and place: Scotsman Alexander Selkirk lived four years and four months on an island off the coast of what is now Chile some 310 years ago. (Thing I learned that I hadn't from other renditions: Selkirk had carnal knowledge of goats although I didn't bother to check the footnotes to discover how well-sourced this tidbit was. The goats, after al [...]



    14. I wanted it to be better.The facts of his marooning, while supremely unique, would have been helped by better narrative writing.



    15. The story of Robinson Crusoe is a fictional story but it was based on the real story of Alexander Selkirk. This is his story.He was a young Scottish man always getting into trouble so he went to sea. He eventually became a Master. In 1703 he left on a privateer journey from Britain and sailed around the straits at Tierra del Fuego, South America. The goal was to capture the Manila galleon which supposedly carried gold and treasures. The journey was long and arduos. He was constantly arguing with [...]


    16. While the title is accurate, the subtitle is not - this book is definitely a history of the island itself, with Selkirk's stay playing only a part in it. The bits about people (including Selkirk) being marooned on the island and surviving were interesting, but it read more like a textbook in some places than a good biography, had to push myself to finish it.


    17. This book is well researched and covers many aspects of the life and tribulations of Alexander Selkirk. The problem for me was that he wasn't that interesting a character. The most interesting part is his four year and four month exile on The Island, now known as Isla Robinson Crusoe after Defoe's novel inspired by Selkirk's tale.


    18. Amazing! this brought historical fiction to light. Robinson Crusoe was based on a real man. This book is historical. Selkirk was a very unsavory character, a generally all round bad guy. If this book had a movie rating it would be R. Not a book for the kids or sensitive individuals.


    19. Interesting bio of a man that was dropped off an island for 4 years and how he survived. Selkirk was on a voyage of plunder, had a drunk of a boss that dropped him off and was saved by new sailors 4 years later. Interesting book. Not brilliant, just interesting.


    20. Frekar þurrkuntulegar lýsingar af atburðunum í kringum tæplæga 5 ára dvöl Selkirks á Juan Fernandez eyju, sem síðar varð fyrirmyndin að Robinson Crusoe. Selkirk þessi gat juðast á geitunum en Robinson fékk Frjádag. Finnst nú að þessi bók hefði getað verið betri.


    21. Very interesting to read the historical record of the man that inspired the tale of Robinson Crusoe. Beware all goats!



    22. Really cool story, poorly written. You can pretty much stop reading about 60% of the way through, the rest of the story is really really boring and could have been summed up in a few pages.




    23. Really cool story, poorly written. You can pretty much stop reading about 60% of the way through, the rest of the story is really really boring and could have been summed up in a few pages.



    24. You marked that you were interested in award winners and true adventure: this title is both. Winner of the Costa award, this book tells the true story behind Robinson Crusoe.


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