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Old 02-24-2012, 08:04 AM   #1
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Looking for novel about survival, castaway...

Hello everyone.

I like to read stories about people who are stranded on a foreign, rough land and trying to survive and make the best out of it.

I have read Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, of course.
The novel which had the most impact on me was The Survivors of the "Jonathan", also known as Magellania, written by Jules Verne.
You can also find this topic in James Clavell's Shogun or Yuri Rytkheu's A Dream in Polar Fog.

Can somebody recommend an interesting book?
It does not matter, whether it is fiction or based on a true story. However I dislike, when the main theme is just about horror or splatter.

Thanks for every recommendation!
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:48 AM   #2
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I haven't read it yet, but I have on my TBR list Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage.

http://www.amazon.com/Endurance-Shac...0091042&sr=8-2

It's nonfiction. I was impressed with the consistently great reviews. This was an ebook deal at one time (don't remember the price) but I didn't pick it up because my library has it.

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Old 02-24-2012, 02:17 PM   #3
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Adrift in the Pacific-Two Years Holiday by Jules Verne
A Fringe of Leaves by Patrick White
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
The Blue Lagoon by Henry De Vere Stacpoole
The Coral Island, by RM Ballantyne
The Adventures of Ben Gunn by R.F. Delderfield
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:42 PM   #4
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Non-fiction survival stories:

Sole Survivor by Ruthanne Lum McCunn
Four Against the Arctic by David Roberts
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:09 PM   #5
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How about The land that time forgot, by Edgar Rice Burroughs - and its two sequels.

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Old 02-24-2012, 05:29 PM   #6
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A terrific YA classic, Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell.
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:14 PM   #7
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Jules Verne - "The Mysterious Island" available at MobileRead

Frederick Marryat - "Masterman Ready" available at MobileRead

R.M.Ballantyre "The Coral Island" available at MobileRead

Johann Wyss - "The Swiss Family Robinson"
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I would recommend Tom Neale: An Island to Oneself. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Neale
I loved that book when I was a kid.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:04 PM   #9
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My Side Of The Mountain by Jean Craighead George
The Hatchet Series by Gary Paulsen
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I doubt it it has been turned into an ebook, but Robb White's "The Survivor" was a favourite of mine when I was younger. There's also "Death Watch" by the same author, which takes place in an American Desert, but is definitely a survivor tale.
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Old 02-25-2012, 05:45 AM   #11
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Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein I liked it basicly it was about a group of kids trying to survive on a planet but it would be easy to ignore the planet aspect and treat it as an island/jungle.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:43 AM   #12
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I don't know if it is available as an ebook, but you might like Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read, the real story of a group of uruguayan rugbiers who, in 1972, survived 72 days in the Andes mountains after the plane that was flying them to Chile crashed.
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I just saw that "An Island to Oneself" by Tom Neale is available for free as a PDF here:
http://www.privateislandsonline.com/...to-oneself.htm
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I haven't read it yet, but I have on my TBR list Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage.

http://www.amazon.com/Endurance-Shac...0091042&sr=8-2

It's nonfiction. I was impressed with the consistently great reviews. This was an ebook deal at one time (don't remember the price) but I didn't pick it up because my library has it.

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I can vouch for Endurance. I listened to it as an audiobook, and it was fascinating. I'd highly recommend it.

On a similar note, "Alone" by Admiral Richard E. Byrd also is an interesting read. The author's isolation was self-imposed and wasn't complete isolation as his support crew was a hundred miles or so away, but he endured the incredible cold of the South Pole along with technical malfunctions, psychological problems, etc.

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I haven't read it yet, but I have on my TBR list Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage.

http://www.amazon.com/Endurance-Shac...0091042&sr=8-2

It's nonfiction. I was impressed with the consistently great reviews. This was an ebook deal at one time (don't remember the price) but I didn't pick it up because my library has it.

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I read that in like 6th grade. It was good.
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