The Swiss Family Robinson
The Swiss Family Robinson, written by Johann Wyss and published in 1812, continues to captivate readers of all ages. It is the elaborate tale of a shipwrecked family and their triumph over the misfortune that has befallen them.
Written in the voice of the father, Mr. Robinson, this classic piece of fiction contains page after page of high drama, sound, color and smell.
The Swiss Family Robinson begins even as the family’s voyage at sea is ending. Tossed in a violent storm their ship comes aground on a reef off the shore of an unknown island. The unexplained desertion of the ships crew on the only life- boats available leaves the Robinson family alone and stranded on the disabled ship.
From this point on Mr. Robinson, his wife and their four young boys Franz, Fritz, Jack and Ernest begin the adventure of their lives. And it is clear from the start that their status as castaways is not as bad as it might be. The ship, having sailed with goods to be delivered to a new colony carried all the necessities of life. Building a makeshift raft, the family Robinson makes for shore and the island that would be their home for many years.
The Swiss Family Robinson details at great length the challenges the Robinson family face as they attempt to recreate the comforts of home. The family sets about constructing a dwelling place with great energy and obvious expertise. And apparently one home was not enough. Throughout the years they build other homesteads on the island, giving them names like Tentholm, Falconhurst, Rockburg, and Woodlands plantation.