Der Schweizerische Robinson

Der Schweizerische Robinson[BOOKS] ✬ Der Schweizerische Robinson By Johann David Wyss – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Shipwrecked on an uncharted island the Swiss Family Robinson mother father and four young boys make the most of their predicament adapting to the island and turning the absence of civilization to thei Shipwrecked on an uncharted island the Swiss Family Robinson mother father and four young boys make the most of their predicament adapting to the island and turning the absence of civilization to their advantage Through persevereance hard work and self reliance they become masters of their new environment rising to its many challenges and using their ingenuity to avail themselves of its abundant resources Their experience Der Schweizerische Kindle - is colorful creative and full of exciting adventures For than two centuries Johann David Wyss's beloved book has entertained young readers This illustrated edition with full color plates by T H Robinson features an elegant bonded leather binding a satin ribbon bookmark distinctive stained edging and decorative endpapers It's a book that will be cherished by readers of all age. I have such fond memories of this from seeing the old movie version as a kid I never got around to reading it then so I thought I'd give it a goThe family togetherness and sense of adventure is all there It's just lacking musical accompaniment and sound effects It is an old 'un so the writing felt a bit stiff or perhaps it's the translation's fault It read like James Feni Cooper than say a Jane Austen I guess my real uibble is the lack of tension here Yes certainly there is danger inherent in being stranded especially upon an island that could house unknown beasts But I never had the impression they were ever in any real trouble Good old dad seemed to have things under control the entire timeAlso I felt than a passing need to suspend disbelief at some of the family's goings on For castaways they sure were well supplied from that shipwreck The seemingly infinite supply of dry gunpowder was a stroke of luck that's for sure The Swiss Family Robinson is a family adventure story and as such should probably be read as a family when the kids are young I don't think it's meant for us old knitpicky grumps they kill or enslave everything in sight whether they need it or not they pray before they do anything i'm pretty sure the matriarch of the family was never actually named but merely called the mother or my wife any time she was relevant which was not very often near the end of the book the family actually shoots a cachalot they don't use it for anything but instead axe the head open and take away buckets of spermaceti a whole fucking sperm whale had to die just because they saw it killed it and as an afterthought figured they could use the head innards presumably for candle making fucking book it was overly moralizing and offensive in so many bits yet i found myself bringing it up in conversation with people frustrating but i suppose uite memorable i had the same problem with white fang and the call of the wild actually also how lucky were they? at every regular meal they were eating better than i am able to and knew every last thing about where they were stranded except for exactly where they were makes sense speaking of where they were where were they? i thought that maybe they were somewhere like new zealand when they started shooting penguins but that didn't make sense and the closest i've come to figuring it out has been that they were probably in an archipelago off portugal but i don't know maybe they were in a different dimension where people talk about providence all the time and suck majorly except for the gay one he was all right When I first started this book I found it rather comical at how many reviewers were appalled by all the animals that were killed mostly for food some for safety albeit some for sport or rather teenage childishness And I thought to myself not having read the book yet Where do these readers think their chicken nuggets and hamburgers come from? Trees? After having read the book I will confess there were a lot of dead animals But if one really takes the time to imagine what it would be like stranded somewhere with no other source of food and having with you 4 teenage boys I should think that each of us would take every opportunity to secure for us and ours that which would preserve our lives But I digress Father Robinson may be the original MacGyver He's amazing and entirely brilliant If I knew merely a tenth of what he possesses within his brain I should be happy all the days of my life But than that I think his role is that of a Christ archetype He is ever patient and teaching and wants to see his children succeed and helps them along the way He works with them in everything He never sits back and says Go figure it out on your own I'm too busy He is the example of how each of us as parents SHOULD be towards our children and anyone else we have a stewardship over He is ever praising and very respectful of his wife and they work together as men and women should work together; as euals and yet entirely uniue Oh the lessons that could be learned in our society today if we took this example to heart The book is full of the value of hard work teamwork compassion affection and creativity I have great memories of Dad reading this to us as kids it was so hoplessly archaic and ridiculous that his rendition uickly became sarcastic We all ended up in fits of laughter each time they found ANOTHER useful thing washed up on the beachgrowing on the magic island andor shot ANOTHER hapless animalpersonmoving object that crossed their path Argh just noticed that I'm reading the confounded Abridged version Stopping now Will have to get the unabridged and start fresh Still very happy to somehow have kept a book that I read over and over again as a kid until its pages started falling out All pages rescued happily But didn't young me wonder why two of the kids suddenly had a pet eagle and a pet jackal out of nowhere? Whoever thought to create abridged versions of books is a criminal for the agesAlso have to mention that these Robinsons are rapacious beyond belief killing or subjugating every animal unlucky enough to cross their paths Well I suppose they are just a very hungry family who love to have pets and fur But how did the ardent animal lover in little me reconcile this with the part of me that adored this book? Disrespectful Old Review Family It Does a Body GoodFamily The Other White Meat?Family It's What's for Dinner Stop right now Before you read this book I must warn you The back of the book is a LIE All of that they must rely on their wits the strength that comes from family ties and the bounty of nature to survive is all a crock of baloney Complete fabrication They're stranded with enough supplies to start a small colony Guns timber from the shipwreck I could understand but butter livestock tools blacksmith tools fishing hooks needle thread extra clothes enough seeds to start a garden if not a farm and a complete working boat with a CANNON? Not to mention an island so hospitable it has salt for preserving cotton flax rubber and an overabundance of game It would be surprising if they all died Not to mention that every chapter reads like a how to book I can almost hear the conversation with the publisherPublisher Johann no one wants to read this how to manual It's boring And there are dozens just like it It's needs something extra a hook some zingJohann But this is usefulPublisher I know put it on a desert island Forced to rely on their wits alone They'll have to do everything with the bounty of nature No modern toolsJohann No How can I do that?Publisher They'll love it Go onJohann FineTen days laterPublisher What is this?Johann You said put it on a desert island They're on a desert islandPublisher But you gave them everything Where's the hardship? Where's the people starving? Where's the adventure?Johann This is adventure It's hard work to start a village They work hard in almost every chapter plus I added games and parables for the little childrenPublisher Fine fine but I can't guarantee that anyone will buy itSeriously if you want a cute story about people starting a colony on a desert island with all the necessary tools go for it Personally I think it reads like a how to manual but if you like that then this book is for you I'm not saying it's poorly written or that it's not a cute little story but it's not the adventure it's made out to be Hell it doesn't even have much of a plot So if you're looking for an island adventure book find a different one I liked the story well enough If I had read a decent translation I might have given it 4 stars It's a great concept being stranded on a beautiful tropical island Their perception over 200 years ago would be uite different than ours today Some things that bothered me were the stereotyping regarding race and religion and the senseless killing of the wildlife they came across But it's an adventure story and it's entertaining from that aspect It left me wanting to know what happened later his afterword only accounted for 2 years I understand Jules Verne wrote a seuel to Wyss' classic I may have to see how that goes Its fascinating to read these reviews and see how many people judge a story of this time period by the values of the 21st century I doubt any of the people who have written these reviews have ever missed a meal let alone faced the dangers of survival in a wilderness The story was written to fire the minds and hearts of children of the day It taught them about the things that were important to their future and their families Try to remember that a child reading this book in Europe may have grown up and found in this story a motivation for seeking a better life in the new worlds of America Australia or the Pacific islands These children grew up to be the settlers of the Old West and of wild places that we now take for granted as tamed They were parents of the cowboys and farmers that built the nations of today The use of animals to survive was consistent with the views of the dayIf you read this book with an appreciation for the time and culture of when it was written you will learn and understand the people of that time better Wow What a relief to have that out of the way I have been painstakingly pushing my way through this book for a while now Having said that I always thought that The Swiss Family Robinson was just the type of story that I would like Going into it my expectations were high and I think my enthusiasm barreled me past the first few chapters without so much as a literary bump But just like trying to race up Everest you lose steam after the first hundred yard sprint and the rest is pure drudgery The unfortunate thing is that there was no sense of satisfaction upon finishing The Swiss Family Robinson as there would be in peaking Everest only relief Here is the problem as I see it and I will use the narrator's own words towards the end of the novel to explain it It is needless for me to continue what would exhaust the patience of the most long suffering by repeating monotonous narratives of exploring parties and hunting expeditions wearisome descriptions of awkward inventions and clumsy machines with an endless record of discoveries fit for the pages of an encyclopedia than a book of family history Wow Couldn't have said it better myself Mr Robinson though your realization of those things was about two hundred and fifty pages too late While I can't say it better I will sum it up nothing happens Oh sure they keep building these paradisaical tropical mansions lacking only in electronics and internet because those things haven't been invented yet but what exactly is happening? Nothing The biggest conflicts they have are brought up one paragraph and resolved in the next And then there are the characters I originally loved the idea of a family being the protagonist instead of just some single adult male like in most stories But I think Wyss could have put personality into a single adult boulder than he did in this entire family That's not to say that there aren't distinguishing personality traits The chief one of the narrator is that he is annoying smug and wholly unbelievable Every idea he tried he immediately succeeded at accomplishing even if the whole human race had been trying the same feat unsuccessfully for thousands of years with plenty resources Any animal or plant he saw he immediately knew the scientific classification background and general usage for it as if reading out of the page of an encyclopedia an interesting study would be to find the Swiss encyclopedias of the time and find out which ones Wyss plagiarized from probably verbatim in most instances in order to piece together Mr Robinson's immaculate naturalist knowledge Perhaps I am being harsh okay yes I am being harsh especially for a book meant for children But I think that even children have a right to expect simple things like PLOT or DEVELOPED CHARACTERS as part of their reading experience However I realize that the book is up against some pretty stiff prejudices of mine You see before reading this I had also read The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne This one also has castaways on a destitute island who are able to create amazingly advanced machines technology and shelters with very limited resources limited than the Robinson family's even Yet I did not balk at incredulity when Cyrus Harding moved from one advancement to another or accessed astonishing amounts of information using his memory alone The reason why? I believe it is because Verne actually knew what his characters were talking about Rather than slapping something from an encyclopedia entry and passing off haphazard hypotheses Verne had actually thought these things through understood the implications and context of each thing and put forward a fascinating but credible solution Besides The Mysterious Island I had also seen the Disney movie The Swiss Family Robinson Such a great great movie one of my all time favorite in fact How did it attain that status? It made realistic characters that you could believe in and distinguish one from another It truly made the family the protagonist It cared about the characters first and the cool treehouse secondary although you have to admit the treehouse in that movie is AMAZING And finally there was a plot The characters were constantly working with an underlying conflict and it culminated in a worthy climax In short the movie fixed everything that was wrong with the book and they excelled at the few things the book got right such as the treehouse the appearance of another character later on in the story and the references to pirates Going into the reading with these expectations it is little wonder that Johann Wyss is getting the brunt of my frustrations here but in reality the book is harmless Long boring and redundant but harmless It is a great idea some uniue settings and some simple fun It is just a matter of sifting through all of the drudgery to get them SPOILER ALERT I've read it now and it does not measure up to the Disney movie It was so ridiculous The boys shoot every animal they see which range from inhabitants of the African savannah Australia and the American northwest yes hippos rhinos lions tigers kangaroos bears elephants the duck billed platypus you name it they're on the island The father knows absolutely everything about every plant and animal and sums up every situation correctly before it happens He recognizes plants like flax and wax bushes For a deserted island it's interesting that there is absolutely everything that they could possibly need and that the father who has never lived in the West Indies recognizes it all at a glance Oh also their European trees that happened to be on the ship grow just fine in the blazing tropical sun There is no conflict because the father knows his way out of any trouble and the only story is we went here shot this animal made this hut etc The characters all speak the same even the little boy talks just like his dad and uses the same adult phrases and big words The last chapter was the most interesting I could see a young boy who doesn't mind old fashioned language who's into hunting and survival liking this book but that's about it so I'll keep it just in case Ethan falls into that category There is no hot girl for the boys to fight over either I read at the end that the author thought of the story to give his sons survival ideas and I don't think that's so bad but if you're going to set a novel in the West Indies and you know so much about flora and fauna you could try to make the flora and fauna of the island authentic There I'm done venting and very glad to be done with the book

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  • Hardcover
  • 544 pages
  • Der Schweizerische Robinson
  • Johann David Wyss
  • 15 February 2015
  • 9781435133457