(PDF) [Der Schweizerische Robinson] Author Johann David Wyss

Obsession: An Erotic Tale eNce There s no real drama or suspense and that rendered the whole thing just incredibly dull And that is what s really unforgivable about this bookAnd one final note this one directed at the cover illustrator When dogs are described in a book as being mastiffs maybe you don t draw what is clearly a golden retriever on the cover 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 havever 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 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 Confederate Cities: The Urban South during the Civil War Era ended up in fits of laughterach 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 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 Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice 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 strandedspecially upon an island that could house unknown beasts But I never had the impression they were Edicts of Asoka ever in any real trouble Good old dad seemed to have things under control thentire 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 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 Upgrade Soul expectations were high and I think mynthusiasm 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 that there was no sense of satisfaction upon 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 Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches' Sabbath end of the novel toxplain it "own words towards the Elizabeth I: Translations, 1544-1589 end of the novel toxplain it is needless for me to continue what would Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist exhaust the patience of the 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 withnough supplies to start a small colony Guns timber from the shipwreck I could understand but butter livestock tools blacksmith tools fishing hooks needle thread xtra clothes nough 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 very 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 xtra they kill or Imaginary Runner enslaveverything 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 nd 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 #actually also how lucky were they at regular meal they were ating better than i am able to and knew Fresh Water every last thing about where they were strandedxcept for French Daguerreotypes 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 majorlyxcept for the gay one he was all right. 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SPOILER ALERT I ve read it now and it does not measure up to the Disney movie It was so ridiculous The boys shoot very animal they see which range from inhabitants of the African savannah Australia and the American northwest yes hippos rhinos lions tigers kangaroos bears From the Enemy's Point of View: Humanity and Divinity in an Amazonian Society elephants the duck billed platypus you name it they re on the island The father knows absolutelyverything about Doris Salcedo every plant and animal and sums upvery situation correctly before it happens He recognizes plants like flax and wax bushes For a deserted island it s interesting that there is absolutely Twelve Days of Pleasure 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 huttc The characters all speak the same Gods Choice 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 overither I read at the Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye 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 I liked the story wellnough 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 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 Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France each of us would takevery 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 ntirely brilliant If I knew merely a tenth of what he possess The nchanting story of a shipwrecked family a minister his wife and four sons Fritz Ernest Francis and Jack who are cast up on a desert island build a wonderful house in a tree and survive so cleverly a desert island build A Wonderful House In A wonderful house in a and survive so cleverly happily apart from the world that they never want to "Be RescuedAnd From The Inside "rescuedAnd from the inside cover The author of The Swiss Family Robinson was actually a number of people Originally Swiss Army chaplain Johann David Wyss 1743 1818 wrote an adventure story modeled after Daniel Defoe s Robinson Crusoe to amuse his four sons who one imagines found their counterparts in age and character in their father s book One of these sons Johann Rudolf 1781 1830 Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild edited and published his father s manuscript in 1812 1813 A French translation by Mme la Baronne Isabelle de Montolieu appeared very shortly thereafter and it contained some new adventures The first and furthermbroidered English translation soon followed and several years later Mme de Montolieu published a still longer version Other writers Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets editors and translators continued to add and subtract material and the book continued to appear in various guises until in 1889 WHG Kingston s shorter version was published and soon became the English standard Butven the Kingston version contains the zoologically improbable profusion of animals for which the book is noted penguins ostriches kangaroos jackals and so on not to mention terrain of amazing diversity and Electromyography for Experimentalists every variety of plant the castaways couldver want And all this one one undiscovered and uninhabited though fairly large tropical island Certainly The Swiss Family Robinson is one of the most beloved adventure discovery books of all time but one should not be tempted to use it as a survival manual for disappointment would surely followSo I included that blurb from inside the back cover largely because I personally find the last sentence in it kind of hilarious but certainly not inaccurate I think I d have to say that this may be one of the most ridiculous books I ve Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 ever read and not in a good way There are so many things wrong with it I barely know where to startBut let s see Let s start with thextremely stilted writing style Now knowing what I now do about how many people have had their hands on this book it s ntirely possible that Wyss s original writing was so louent one could weep and the suck that s left is simply a result of being translated back and forth by way too many people But whatever the cause it s basically terrible Consider the following a piece of dialogue between the narrator and his wife It seems absolutely necessary my dear wife to return at once to the wreck while it is yet calm that we may save the poor animals left there and bring on shore many articles of infinite value to us which if we do not now recover we may finally lose Runaway Wedding entirelyWTF is that Who talks like that Nobody bloody well talks like that but that kind of ridiculous writing is all the way through the book GahOh and as for my dear wife this poor woman has a name Elizabeth which we learn on page 67 and never hear again In thentire book Elizabeth is referred to by name Wicked Loving Lies exactly twice The rest of the time she s my wife which is tolerable or freuentl. The Robinsons leave their home in Switzerland planning to settle half a world away But things do not turn out as they hadxpected The sole survivors of a terrible shipwreck they wash ashore to .
Y the mother That s right The mother Not just mother or their mother in reference to the boys but the mother Like she s not really a person who matters she s just there to be useful and serve her motherly function That drove me absolutely nutsThen there s the profusion of zoologically improbable animals which is a severe understatement and also only the tip of the absurd convenience iceberg This island seriously has to be the most awesome place to be shipwrecked La heredera del mar ever because it really does contain absolutelyverything you could possibly ver want to survive and build anything you can conceive of I m half surprised they didn t find some sort of silica deposits that they could use to construct themselves computers If it had been written later I bet it would have And if finding a particular object on the island was too absurd ven for the authors to conceive of the family could just get it off the wreck of the actual ship which was conveniently wrecked largely intact on a rock very close to the island where they could travel regularly to strip it of all kinds of articles of infinite value I honestly can t ven convey the depth of the absurdity of the things that they just happened to find on this island so that they never had to do without anything Seriously they lived in such luxury it barely ualifies as shipwreck if you ask meIt bugs me too and don t ven ask why this particular thing bugs me so much that for xample after they ve been on the island for several years they suddenly find vidence of Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One elephants around one of thestablishments Um no It s almost conceivable that in Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) exploring to a part of the island where they ve never been before they might find traces of an animal they haven t previouslyncountered or seen any signs of but in a place they freuent regularly and have for several years Not likely Animals are creatures of habit and if you don t see them around a particular spot within a year chances are they won t show up there Geography of the Gaze: Urban and Rural Vision in Early Modern Europe ever Unless of course you ve screwed up thecosystem of this island so badly that you alter animals usual patternsWhich is Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time entirely conceivable Why I ask you does a family of six need half a dozen homes on this island I understand having two because winter and summer have different shelter reuirements and sometimes it s justasier to construct two different shelters than to try and make one serve dual purpose But another one here and another one in this other place we ve discovered and another on over there One Wild Weekend etc Why I get that sometimes you might want to go to spot X to avail yourself of resource Y that is found in that area and that sometimes you may need to stay there for a few days while you re gathering the stuff or whatever But dude Bring a tent You don t need a whole other abode whose main purpose seems to be something for you to build to occupy your time and to take umbrage when the local monkeys show up and wreak havoc in it Which is precisely what precipitated two of the most disturbingpisodes in this book In both cases they show up at one of their settlements that they rarely use anyway to find that the monkeys have made a mess And instead of thinking Gee maybe we ve Forgetful of Their Sex expandednough they decide to set traps AND KILL ALL THE MONKEYS THAT kill all the monkeys that up next time And not to Naturally Naughty Wicked Willing eat or skin or do anything useful with No no once the monkeys are dead they just bury them I found both instances appallingly unnecessary savageryFurthervidence of their F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby excessivelyxpansionist tendencies is that Walled (The Line, every time they discover a new animal they simply mustither kill as many of them as possible Seriously Your stores aren t adeuate Based on the killing related in the book they could survive years without killing anything Cruel Attachments: The Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany else or capture at least one and relocate it to one of their homes Why These animals were living perfectly contentedly where they were and now that you know where that is if you need them you can come get them Why uproot them Ispecially loved how when they discovered a pack of ostriches and decided to capture one of them to be tamed and ridden btw did they go for one of the females Nope They went after the one male in the group Great Way to destroy the ostriches chance Of Continued Survival Losers It continued survival losers It all presented in such a happy go lucky way but all I could think while reading this book was how incredibly wantonly they were just destroying the natural resources and populations on this island What lse is new when humans show up though I guessI could go on but let me just touch briefly upon the absurdity of the last line in the back cover blurb They don t ver want to be rescued Really The four boys are perfectly content with the options of ither celibacy or incest Sure they are Good thing Miss Montrose showed up when she did really I also love how these parents unlike pretty much very parent in the time period and most parents ven nowadays don t seem remotely concerned about the fact that by staying on this island their boys
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t be to get married or have children of their own I m imagining what would happen if they didn t nd up getting rescued with veryone dying until Franz the youngest was finally left all by himself on this island Nice fate you re wishing on your children parents This lack of concern was particularly vident when they did find other people and the mother was asked if she would like to go or stay and she declared that she d like to stay as long as at least two of the boys stayed too WTF It s a little less screwed up after they go on to talk about how they d like to bring in people and actually form something of a colony the better to completely destroy the island I guess but still Shouldn t most mothers be a little anxious for their boys to get the hell off this deserted island so they can meet some nice girls and get married Weird people theseAnd you know what Much of this could be forgiven if the story were interesting or compelling But it s not Aside from the initial shipwreck absolutely nothing happens to these people that could be classified as anything than a trivial inconvenie. Earn that the danger has only begun Their new world will test their courage cleverness ndurance and faith as they struggle to survive and create a civilization of their own in the wilderness Not. Der Schweizerische Robinson