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Boon Island

Author: Kenneth Lewis Roberts
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1956, ©1955.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : Presentation edView all editions and formats
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This classic tale of shipwreck and survival is reprinted with essays that provide a historical perspective and trace the sources from which Kenneth Roberts (1885-1957) drew his tale. A native Mainer, Roberts, whose historical novels include Northwest Passage and Arundel, was intrigued by the story of the December 1710 wreck of the Nottingham. After running aground a dozen miles offshore, the ship broke up, stranding  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957.
Boon Island.
Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1956, ©1955
(OCoLC)644689319
Named Person: John Dean; John Dean
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth Lewis Roberts
OCLC Number: 6847236
Description: 275 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Responsibility: by Kenneth Roberts.

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This classic tale of shipwreck and survival is reprinted with essays that provide a historical perspective and trace the sources from which Kenneth Roberts (1885-1957) drew his tale. A native Mainer, Roberts, whose historical novels include Northwest Passage and Arundel, was intrigued by the story of the December 1710 wreck of the Nottingham. After running aground a dozen miles offshore, the ship broke up, stranding her crew with minimal tools, scant shelter, and a few pieces of cheese. The men survived nearly a month of screeching gales, sub-freezing temperatures, and driving snowstorms. During their ordeal they resorted to cannibalism and were finally rescued after one of them made it ashore on a crude raft. Included here are contemporary accounts from crew members, offering dramatically different versions of the true-life traumatic event and a fascinating counterpoint to Roberts' fictionalized version. A bestseller when published in 1956, Boon Island is a story of the ways that crisis can inspire the best—and worst—in human nature -- Googlebooks.

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