Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls

Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls

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by Edward E. Leslie
     
 

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Here are the most remarkable stories imaginable of maroons, castaways, and other survivors from the 1500s to the present - their moral dilemmas, their personalities, and their influence on society, literature, and art.  See more details below

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Here are the most remarkable stories imaginable of maroons, castaways, and other survivors from the 1500s to the present - their moral dilemmas, their personalities, and their influence on society, literature, and art.

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"Leslie creates a keen psychological study as well as a paean to the courage, resourcefulness, and perseverance of the human body and mind" Publishers Weekly
Library Journal
Surviving against insurmountable odds is the theme of these two disparate booksone a mass market paperback, the other a trade publication. Adams's book is a freewheeling, believe-it-or-not litany of death-defying feats of survivorship taken largely from the 20th century. Most of these mishaps involve aircraftcrashes, in-air collisions, and exiting disabled craft. Natural disaster survival stories cover avalanches, lighting, tornadoes, and earthquakes. A lack of editorial supervision has resulted in a lack of organization and cohesiveness. This journalistic effort could have been entitled ``Best Disaster Stories from the National Enquirer.'' From Alexander Selkirk (the real-life model for Robinson Crusoe) to Antoine St.-Exupery, Leslie tells the stories of 20 men and women involved in shipwrecks, deliberate maroonings, and aircraft crashes. Each chapter covers one person's story, carefully footnoted and fleshed out with primary source materialoften from diaries. The bibliography is extensive; the footnotes annotated. A scholarly but highly readable treatment of a subject holding an inordinate fascination for many people. Adams's book will probably have more circulation, but buy both: Leslie's for the adult collection, Adams's for YA. Paula M. Zieselman, Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395911501
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing
Publication date:
03/15/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
1,179,998
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.35(d)

Meet the Author

Edward E. Leslie is the author of The Devil Knows How to Ride, a biography of the Civil War raider William Quantrill. He lives in Massillion, Ohio.

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Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls: True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivors 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent work and research, with the stories told in an engaging and vivid way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that Library Journal should learn to spell Crusoe