10 Very Real Castaway Stories

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Most of us have read Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe or William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, two novels that deal with people being marooned or shipwrecked on deserted islands. Being the stuff of fiction, you would think that these things never happen, but, in fact, fiction borrows from reality and makes it more palatable, or, to use an often-quoted epigram, fact is stranger than fiction. Who were these poor souls that had to endure the worst kind of solitary confinement possible and survive against all odds? Read on and gaze in awe 10 very real castaway stories.

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