Swiss Family Robinson–Johann David Wyss

Kindle read time! I’m not 100% sure what compelled me to read this other than that I had just read a book that didn’t make my top one hundred favourites. Plus I figure if I read a classic every four or five books then I’ll get through the greats in my lifetime.

            Too bad I have to suffer through some really terrible books before I get to the greats.

Question: If you had to bring one thing with you on a desert island, what would it be?

My answer: This book. Not because it’s my favourite book or anything, it’s well written, I enjoyed the hell out of it, but because of the well of information it is.

            It tells you how to make things in order to survive, gives you great tips on what to look for when you are searching for food, and the added bonus that it has adventure and a family that loves each other.

            At first I thought that my little cousin (who is eight) would really love this because he likes to make things and maybe could spend a summer playing Swiss Family Robinson in their backyard. Then as I got further on I realized, maybe I should wait until he’s ten to give him a copy. It would be a bit of a heavy read for a kid. (There’s some racial stuff in the beginning, just a little blip, but kids ask questions.) But even as an adult I really liked this book. And I know he’ll appreciate it later on.

            Sure, it dragged in some parts, but most classics do at some point. But about six pages from where it’s dragging he snaps you awake with something.

            My biggest problem with reading on my Kindle is that I miss flipping pages and being able to go back to a part that I didn’t know I would need later on without a bunch of button pressing.

            Either way, if you want to live on a deserted island, you should probably invest in this book. It’ll save your life.

(I also remember seeing the movie from the 60’s when I was a kid and dreaming that that would happen to me. Then I watched Lost and I decided I’m better off here. For the record, I’m only 26, I didn’t see this movie in the 60s. It was the 90s and I was at my Nonna’s house.)

Constant vigilance.

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