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With painstaking research, riveting detail and elegant prose, freelance writer Leslie here creates a keen psychological study as well as a paean to the courage, resourcefulness and perseverance of the human body and mind. This is a hefty chronicle of true stories, from the 1500s to the present day, about survivors of shipwrecks, maroonings and plane crashes, lost in every sort of climate and environment, struggling against animals, humans--savage and civilized--and the forces of nature. There is Peter Carder, who sailed in the 16th century with Drake, was castaway once and twice marooned, ingratiated himself with Brazilian cannibals and outwitted his Portuguese enemies. Leslie insightfully describes the real "Robinson Crusoe," Alexander Selkirk, a sailing master who quarreled with his captain and was stranded for four years on an island paradise off the coast of Chile in the early 1700s. The account of Marguerite de la Roque, a 16th century French woman who was betrayed as an adulterer by her adventurer cousin on an Atlantic voyage and then left to die, pregnant, on an island off the coast of Canada with her servant and her lover, is affecting. But for sheer thrills and inspiration, readers will be fascinated by the tale of the ill-planned and ill-fated Stefansson Polar expedition of 1913. Illustrated.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Desperate Journeys, a collection of survival stories from Western culture ranging from 16th-century shipwrecks to 20th-century plane crashes, presents a hodgepodge of data about the human condition. Some are fascinating like the true tale of Selkirk, a shipwrecked Scot, which formed the basis for Robinson Caruso. But John Knowles's story about "survival" in the north woods killing game with his bare hands, detailed in serialized tabloid accounts, have a huckster quality. Yet his fame inspired Edgar Rice Burroughs to create Tarzan. The author lacks the ability to endow his collection with the meaningful insight into human nature. The recording's most outstanding section consists of quotes from Antoine de Saint-Exupery's own classic account of his Libyan plane crash. Reader Patrick Cullen, like the author, turns in a competent if uninspired performance. Only buy if your patrons like disasters.AJames Dudley, Westhampton Beach, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From someone who has over 40 books on human survival I can tell you this book is a keeper ! The author goes into little known stories and does a very thorough analysis of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James Livingstone
This is one of those books that I look forward to reading. It is written well. And the stories easy to imagine. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazonjunkie
Unputdownable. Simply the best of the best of survival tales... or, in at least half of them, not survival tales. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rodney J. Szasz
if you've ever wondered what happens to people when they fall off the face of the earth this book finds them, lets you know the kind of desperate circumstances they survived or did... Read morePublished 15 months ago by will crow
Riveting. A good read. Well researched and well presented/written. Nice book to nibble on; not... for me at least... a one-sitting, read through kind of book.Published 18 months ago by R. W. Hardy
This author has an almost religious reverence for the sublime in human culture. That being the case, he really shouldn't have undertaken to write a book about survival stories... Read morePublished 20 months ago by S. Clark
This work covers harrowing journeys from 1500 onward. Every adventure is worth reading, maybe except the "Maine Tarzan" story which was self-inflicted for profit and arguably... Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by Marc Ranger