SAVAGE ISLAND by Richard L. Spittel


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This novel of fourteen-year old Hans, a Dutch boy, shipwrecked on the island of Sengal, purports to carry the fascination of a Robinson Crusoe: It doesn't! There are interesting details here of Hans' adaptation to a solitary life, his subsequent friendship with the natives, a relationship with a Buddhist priest, an introduction into the Europeanized court, and most important, his unique rapport with the wild creatures of the island. But the account of Hans' unusual adventures are told, mainly through straight narrative, even in cases where they could better be dramatized, giving the whole adventure a somewhat academic tone.

Publisher: Criterion