The Swiss Family Robinson Author:Johann David Wyss The whole Robinson family almost dies in a shipwreck. But the four boys and their parents build a boat and escape before the ship goes down. They reach a deserted island, and set up housekeeping. With tools and firearms stripped from the wreck to aid them, their tropic fortress is soon complete. Who could foretell the dangers that would soon... more » test their courage, or their will to live!« less
Finally at the age of 67 I read this book. And oh what a joy it is! Most people are probably familiar with Disney's movie take of this book but the book itself is so much better. This book was a great relief from the cookie-cutter novels that seem to be published almost weekly by some authors. The use of the English language is beyond eloquent. I actually had to look up some terms he uses in the dictionary because they have fallen out of everyday use. That was one of the things I found enjoyable. And the dialog between characters was superb! I would highly recommend that if yu haven't read this book that you don't wait any longer and dive into one of the classics, you'll be glad you did.