Marooned: The Strange But True Adventures of Alexander Selkirk, the Real Robinson Crusoe (Hardback)
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Short Description for Marooned Alexander Selkirk was voyaging across the South Pacific when, after arguing with the ship's captain, he was put ashore on an uninhabited island. Four years later he was rescued by a British privateer. Full color.
- Published: 17 October 2005
- Format: Hardback 120 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780618568437 ISBN 10: 0618568433
- Sales rank: 401,712
Full description for Marooned
In 1704, Alexander Selkirk was voyaging across the South Pacific when, after arguing with the ships captain, he was put ashore? alone?on an uninhabited island. Equipped with little more than a musket and his wits, Selkirk not only survived in complete solitude for more than four years, but to came to be quite comfortable and happy. After being rescued by a British privateer in 1709, he took a leading role in several dramatic captures of merchant ships. Although he returned to civilization a rich man, he couldnt find a place in society and always longed to return to the paradise of his island. Selkirks well-documented adventures so inspired Daniel Defoe that they became the basis for his perennial classic, Robinson Crusoe. In an account that is every bit as fascinating as Defoes novel, Robert Kraske provides vivid descriptions of Selkirks days on the island and aboard ship, including details of the violent, bloody, and legally sanctioned pirating that went on in the early 18th century. Authors note, glossary, bibliography, index.