cover image Castaways: Stories of Survival

Castaways: Stories of Survival

Gerald Hausman. Greenwillow Books, $15.99 (160pp) ISBN 978-0-06-008598-8

Gerald Hausman explores an array of situations across various centuries (many inspired by true stories) when men-and one woman-survive seafaring tragedies in a half dozen tales-Castaways: Stories of Survival. A Spanish traveler is the sole survivor of a shipwreck off the coast of Peru in 1540 and finds himself on a desolate island; a man aboard a Portuguese schooner in 1752 meets an old man on an island filled with beasts; and the haunting tale of Henry Roi describes an inhabitant of the island of Bequia in the Grenadines in the late 1940s who ""cheated death.""