0
Your cart

Your cart is empty

Books > Sport & Leisure > Travel & holiday > Travel writing

Buy Now

Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls - True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivors (Paperback, Revised) Loot Price: R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 You Save: R57 (10%)

Share your images

Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls - True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivors (Paperback, Revised)

Edward E. Leslie

 (sign in to rate)
List price R580 Loot Price R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 You Save R57 (10%)

Bookmark and Share

Usually dispatched within 7 - 15 working days.

Encyclopedic survey of survival situations from the 16th century to the present. Leslie, a "freelance researcher," loves his craft, judging by this massive (586 pp.) production, which groans under the weight of scores of survival tales mined from a mountain of books, magazines, and newspapers. Mostly the tales thrill or horrify: desert wanderings, grizzly bear attacks, cannibalism on a drifting lifeboat. Lurid stuff, much refined by Leslie's elegant, intelligent narration, and by the quaintness of the earlier stories. How about two men stranded on a desert island (1540, Pacific Ocean), who run screaming from one another, each believing the other to be the Devil? Nearly all of the older accounts involve the sea; in the 20th century, air disasters take precedence - plane crashes in desert, ocean, mountain. The last 150 pages or so decay into a rapid-fire catalog of such events, and the reader's eyes glaze over. "There is no end to such stories as these," writes Leslie, who seems to have no idea of what to do with his accumulated trove. He musters some remarks about fortitude and perseverance, and a great deal of empathy for his subjects, but there's no cohesive perspective here, no authorial scaffolding to organize his research - just a stylish, mind-numbing pile of mind-boggling tales. Invaluable as a reference tool, but lacking the philosophical glue to bind together as a definitive study. (Kirkus Reviews)
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.


General

Imprint: Houghton Mifflin (Trade)
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 1998
First published: March 1998
Authors: Edward E. Leslie
Dimensions: 215 x 139 x 35mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 586
Edition: Revised
ISBN-13: 978-0-395-91150-1
Barcode: 9780395911501
Categories: Books > Fiction > True stories > Endurance & survival
Promotions
Books > Sport & Leisure > Travel & holiday > Travel writing
Books > Travel > Travel writing
Books > Travel > Travel writing > General
Books > Sport & Leisure > Travel & holiday > Travel writing > General
LSN: 0-395-91150-8

Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate? Let us know about it.

Does this product have an incorrect or missing image? Send us a new image.

Is this product missing categories? Add more categories.

Review This Product

No reviews yet - be the first to create one!

Loyalty partners