Swiss Family Robinson

Johann David Wyss

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Swiss Family Robinson is a classic adventure novel written by Johann David Wyss, first published in 1812. The story follows the Robinson family - a father, mother, and their four sons — who are shipwrecked on a deserted island in the East Indies during a violent storm. They use their ingenuity, resourcefulness, and survival skills to adapt to their new environment, building shelter, finding food, and overcoming various challenges posed by the island's wildlife and terrain. Throughout their adventures, they encounter wild animals, pirates, and even rescue a young Englishwoman, Jenny, who becomes like a daughter to them. The family's bond grows stronger as they work together to create a new life on the island, learning valuable lessons about cooperation, perseverance, and the importance of family. The novel is a timeless tale of adventure, survival, and the triumph of the human spirit against adversity. Among the plethora of 'Robinsonade' novels spawned by the popularity of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Swiss Family Robinson stands out as one of the most successful. Despite its widespread adaptation in movies and television, where the family is often dubbed 'Robinson', it's worth noting that 'Robinson' isn't a Swiss surname. The German title, translating to The Swiss Robinson, underscores the novel's inclusion within the Robinsonade genre, focusing more on its thematic elements rather than being merely about a family named Robinson.

This book has 123,273 words, 205 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1812. This translation by William H. G. Kingston was first published in 1879.

Production notes: This ebook of Swiss Family Robinson was published by Global Grey on the 6th May 2024. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak' by Albert Bierstadt.

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