Crusoe's Daughter by Jane Gardam
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Crusoe's Daughter Summary
In 1904, six-year-old Polly Flint is sent to live with her aunt in a house by the sea. Orphaned shortly thereafter, Polly will spend the next eighty years stranded in this quiet corner of the world as 20th century rages in the background. Throughout it all Polly returns again and again to the story of Robinson Crusoe, who, marooned like her, fends off the madness of isolation with imagination.
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"Companionable though it is, the novel lacks urgency; even when Polly speaks directly with Crusoe, they exchange tepid, truistic remarks about the nature of memory and fiction, memoir and imagination. Then he is gone and the tale ends as quietly as it began." - Publishers Weekly
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Jane Gardam Author Biography
Jane Gardam was born Jean Mary Pearson in Coatham, North Yorkshire on 11 July
1928. She was educated at Saltburn High School for Girls, and won a scholarship
to the University of London where she read English at Bedford College. In 1951
she worked as a Red Cross Travelling Librarian to Hospital Libraries, afterwards
taking up editorial posts at Weldon Ladies Journal (sub-editor, 1952) and
the literary weekly Time and Tide (Assistant Editor, 1952-4).
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