The Swiss Family Robinson: Or, the Adventures of a Shipwrecked Family on an Uninhabited Isle Near New Guinea

The Swiss Family Robinson: Or, the Adventures of a Shipwrecked Family on an Uninhabited Isle Near New Guinea

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The Swiss Family Robinson: Or, the Adventures of a Shipwrecked Family on an Uninhabited Isle Near New Guinea

The Swiss Family Robinson: Or, the Adventures of a Shipwrecked Family on an Uninhabited Isle Near New Guinea

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When the publishers asked me to write an introduction for this new edition of one of the dearest old books in the world, I had to own that I had never read it. I was not able to say how or why I had not read it in the days when I used to read, or meant to read, everything; but that was the fact, and it made the publishers gasp. But when I said that I should like very much to read it, if only for the pleasure of being able to write an introduction to it, they were somewhat relieved, and handed the book over to me. So here I now stand, with my hand on the front gate, like some garrulous old retainer of the house who wants to keep the impatient guest outside while he tells him or her what a delightful family lives in that fairy palace, and how full of wonders its gardens and grounds are. But if I know what the guest is, and I think I do, he will hop over the gate and be in at the door before I have done; and in these days of athletics of all kinds, she will do it, too; and I shall be left talking to some father or mother who has come lagging along behind, or with some grandfather or grandmother. Well, in that case, the old people and I can exchange a quick smile of patience for the impatience that has gone before us, and compare notes as to why we think this book has been such a great favorite, and always must be.

We know that if it had not been for Robinson Crusoe The Swiss Family Robinson would not have been written, just as Robinson

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