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The Robinsons leave their home in Switzerland planning to settle half a world away But things do not turn out as they had expected The sole survivors of a terrible shipwreck they wash ashore to l they kill or enslave everything in sight whether they need it or not they pray before they do anything i'm pretty sure the matriarch of the family was never actually named but merely called the mother or my wife any time she was relevant which was not very often near the end of the book the family actually shoots a cachalot they don't use it for anything but instead axe the head open and take away buckets of spermaceti a whole fucking sperm whale had to die just because they saw it killed it and as an afterthought figured they could use the head innards presumably for candle making fucking book it was overly moralizing and offensive in so many bits yet i found myself bringing it up in conversation with people frustrating but i suppose uite memorable i had the same problem with white fang and the call of the wild actually also how lucky were they? at every regular meal they were eating better than i am able to and knew every last thing about where they were stranded except for exactly where they were makes sense speaking of where they were where were they? i thought that maybe they were somewhere like new zealand when they started shooting penguins but that didn't make sense and the closest i've come to figuring it out has been that they were probably in an archipelago off portugal but i don't know maybe they were in a different dimension where people talk about providence all the time and suck majorly except for the gay one he was all right Finer Women their home in Switzerland planning Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down to settle half a world away But Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays things do not Crazy Horses Girlfriend turn out as Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium they had expected The sole survivors of a Hannah Has Two Mommies terrible shipwreck Child Support they wash ashore 777 the Lost Blood to l Know My Name they kill or enslave everything in sight whether Abandoned Alice they need it or not Map My Heart they pray before Scandal they do anything i'm pretty sure The Fashion Condition the matriarch of Embellish Me the family was never actually named but merely called The Snakehead the mother or my wife any Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light time she was relevant which was not very often near The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, the end of Truly Wilde the book VEGAN ganz anders the family actually shoots a cachalot Albert Reynolds they don't use it for anything but instead axe An Infamous Army (Alastair, the head open and Score! take away buckets of spermaceti a whole fucking sperm whale had Abela to die just because A Sisters Secret they saw it killed it and as an afterthought figured Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch they could use Butchers Crossing the head innards presumably for candle making fucking book it was overly moralizing and offensive in so many bits yet i found myself bringing it up in conversation with people frustrating but i suppose uite memorable i had Unchained Melanie the same problem with white fang and Olivias Luck the call of Middle Class Problems the wild actually also how lucky were The City of London, Volume 2 they? at every regular meal Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible they were eating better How We Lived Then than i am able Top Tips for Fussy Eaters to and knew every last Winnie Davis thing about where The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries they were stranded except for exactly where The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded they were makes sense speaking of where The Tower they were where were The Seeds of Time they? i The New Black thought Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, that maybe Two Hours they were somewhere like new zealand when Finding Us (Finding, they started shooting penguins but The End of the Story that didn't make sense and ديوان حافظ the closest i've come The Christmas Killer to figuring it out has been The Fall of the House of Usher/The Pit & the Pendulum/Other Tales of Mystery & Imagination that The Lost Revolution they were probably in an archipelago off portugal but i don't know maybe Marion Mahony Reconsidered they were in a different dimension where people The Girl in the Glass Tower talk about providence all The Great Divide the The Lady and the Peacock time and suck majorly except for Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith the gay one he was all right

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E This Townsend Library classic has been carefully edited to be accessible to today's students It includes a brief author's biography and an afterword that provides important context about the wo Wow What a relief to have that out of the way I have been painstakingly pushing my way through this book for a while now Having said that I always thought that The Swiss Family Robinson was just the type of story that I would like Going into it my expectations were high and I think my enthusiasm barreled me past the first few chapters without so much as a literary bump But just like trying to race up Everest you lose steam after the first hundred yard sprint and the rest is pure drudgery The unfortunate thing is that there was no sense of satisfaction upon finishing The Swiss Family Robinson as there would be in peaking Everest only relief Here is the problem as I see it and I will use the narrator's own words towards the end of the novel to explain it It is needless for me to continue what would exhaust the patience of the most long suffering by repeating monotonous narratives of exploring parties and hunting expeditions wearisome descriptions of awkward inventions and clumsy machines with an endless record of discoveries fit for the pages of an encyclopedia than a book of family history Wow Couldn't have said it better myself Mr Robinson though your realization of those things was about two hundred and fifty pages too late While I can't say it better I will sum it up nothing happens Oh sure they keep building these paradisaical tropical mansions lacking only in electronics and internet because those things haven't been invented yet but what exactly is happening? Nothing The biggest conflicts they have are brought up one paragraph and resolved in the next And then there are the characters I originally loved the idea of a family being the protagonist instead of just some single adult male like in most stories But I think Wyss could have put personality into a single adult boulder than he did in this entire family That's not to say that there aren't distinguishing personality traits The chief one of the narrator is that he is annoying smug and wholly unbelievable Every idea he tried he immediately succeeded at accomplishing even if the whole human race had been trying the same feat unsuccessfully for thousands of years with plenty resources Any animal or plant he saw he immediately knew the scientific classification background and general usage for it as if reading out of the page of an encyclopedia an interesting study would be to find the Swiss encyclopedias of the time and find out which ones Wyss plagiarized from probably verbatim in most instances in order to piece together Mr Robinson's immaculate naturalist knowledge Perhaps I am being harsh okay yes I am being harsh especially for a book meant for children But I think that even children have a right to expect simple things like PLOT or DEVELOPED CHARACTERS as part of their reading experience However I realize that the book is up against some pretty stiff prejudices of mine You see before reading this I had also read The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne This one also has castaways on a destitute island who are able to create amazingly advanced machines technology and shelters with very limited resources limited than the Robinson family's even Yet I did not balk at incredulity when Cyrus Harding moved from one advancement to another or accessed astonishing amounts of information using his memory alone The reason why? I believe it is because Verne actually knew what his characters were talking about Rather than slapping something from an encyclopedia entry and passing off haphazard hypotheses Verne had actually thought these things through understood the implications and context of each thing and put forward a fascinating but credible solution Besides The Mysterious Island I had also seen the Disney movie The Swiss Family Robinson Such a great great movie one of my all time favorite in fact How did it attain that status? It made realistic characters that you could believe in and distinguish one from another It truly made the family the protagonist It cared about the characters first and the cool treehouse secondary although you have to admit the treehouse in that movie is AMAZING And finally there was a plot The characters were constantly working with an underlying conflict and it culminated in a worthy climax In short the movie fixed everything that was wrong with the book and they excelled at the few things the book got right such as the treehouse the appearance of another character later on in the story and the references to pirates Going into the reading with these expectations it is little wonder that Johann Wyss is getting the brunt of my frustrations here but in reality the book is harmless Long boring and redundant but harmless It is a great idea some uniue settings and some simple fun It is just a matter of sifting through all of the drudgery to get them


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  1. says:

    I have such fond memories of this from seeing the old movie version as a kid I never got around to reading it then so I thought I'd give it a goThe family togetherness and sense of adventure is all there It's just lacking musical accompaniment and sound effects It is an old 'un so the writing felt a bit stiff or perhaps it's the translation's fault It read like James Feni Cooper than say a Jane Austen I guess my real uibble is the lack of tension here Yes certainly there is danger inherent in being stranded especially upon an island that could house unknown beasts But I never had the impression they were ever in any real trouble Good old dad seemed to have things under control the entire timeAlso I felt than a passing need to suspend disbelief at some of the family's goings on For castaways they sure were well supplied from that shipwreck The seemingly infinite supply of dry gunpowder was a stroke of luck that's for sure The Swiss Family Robinson is a family adventure story and as such should probably be read as a family when the kids are young I don't think it's meant for us old knitpicky grumps


  2. says:

    they kill or enslave everything in sight whether they need it or not they pray before they do anything i'm pretty sure the matriarch of the family was never actually named but merely called the mother or my wife any time she was relevant which was not very often near the end of the book the family actually shoots a cachalot they don't use it for anything but instead axe the head open and take away buckets of spermaceti a whole fucking sperm whale had to die just because they saw it killed it and as an afterthought figured they could use the head innards presumably for candle making fucking book it was overly moralizing and offensive in so many bits yet i found myself bringing it up in conversation with people frustrating but i suppose uite memorable i had the same problem with white fang and the call of the wild actually also how lucky were they? at every regular meal they were eating better than i am able to and knew every last thing about where they were stranded except for exactly where they were makes sense speaking of where they were where were they? i thought that maybe they were somewhere like new zealand when they started shooting penguins but that didn't make sense and the closest i've come to figuring it out has been that they were probably in an archipelago off portugal but i don't know maybe they were in a different dimension where people talk about providence all the time and suck majorly except for the gay one he was all right


  3. says:

    When I first started this book I found it rather comical at how many reviewers were appalled by all the animals that were killed mostly for food some for safety albeit some for sport or rather teenage childishness And I thought to myself not having read the book yet Where do these readers think their chicken nuggets and hamburgers come from? Trees? After having read the book I will confess there were a lot of dead animals But if one really takes the time to imagine what it would be like stranded somewhere with no other source of food and having with you 4 teenage boys I should think that each of us would take every opportunity to secure for us and ours that which would preserve our lives But I digress Father Robinson may be the original MacGyver He's amazing and entirely brilliant If I knew merely a tenth of what he possesses within his brain I should be happy all the days of my life But than that I think his role is that of a Christ archetype He is ever patient and teaching and wants to see his children succeed and helps them along the way He works with them in everything He never sits back and says Go figure it out on your own I'm too busy He is the example of how each of us as parents SHOULD be towards our children and anyone else we have a stewardship over He is ever praising and very respectful of his wife and they work together as men and women should work together; as euals and yet entirely uniue Oh the lessons that could be learned in our society today if we took this example to heart The book is full of the value of hard work teamwork compassion affection and creativity


  4. says:

    I have great memories of Dad reading this to us as kids it was so hoplessly archaic and ridiculous that his rendition uickly became sarcastic We all ended up in fits of laughter each time they found ANOTHER useful thing washed up on the beachgrowing on the magic island andor shot ANOTHER hapless animalpersonmoving object that crossed their path


  5. says:

    Stop right now Before you read this book I must warn you The back of the book is a LIE All of that they must rely on their wits the strength that comes from family ties and the bounty of nature to survive is all a crock of baloney Complete fabrication They're stranded with enough supplies to start a small colony Guns timber from the shipwreck I could understand but butter livestock tools blacksmith tools fishing hooks needle thread extra clothes enough seeds to start a garden if not a farm and a complete working boat with a CANNON? Not to mention an island so hospitable it has salt for preserving cotton flax rubber and an overabundance of game It would be surprising if they all died Not to mention that every chapter reads like a how to book I can almost hear the conversation with the publisherPublisher Johann no one wants to read this how to manual It's boring And there are dozens just like it It's needs something extra a hook some zingJohann But this is usefulPublisher I know put it on a desert island Forced to rely on their wits alone They'll have to do everything with the bounty of nature No modern toolsJohann No How can I do that?Publisher They'll love it Go onJohann FineTen days laterPublisher What is this?Johann You said put it on a desert island They're on a desert islandPublisher But you gave them everything Where's the hardship? Where's the people starving? Where's the adventure?Johann This is adventure It's hard work to start a village They work hard in almost every chapter plus I added games and parables for the little childrenPublisher Fine fine but I can't guarantee that anyone will buy itSeriously if you want a cute story about people starting a colony on a desert island with all the necessary tools go for it Personally I think it reads like a how to manual but if you like that then this book is for you I'm not saying it's poorly written or that it's not a cute little story but it's not the adventure it's made out to be Hell it doesn't even have much of a plot So if you're looking for an island adventure book find a different one


  6. says:

    I liked the story well enough If I had read a decent translation I might have given it 4 stars It's a great concept being stranded on a beautiful tropical island Their perception over 200 years ago would be uite different than ours today Some things that bothered me were the stereotyping regarding race and religion and the senseless killing of the wildlife they came across But it's an adventure story and it's entertaining from that aspect It left me wanting to know what happened later his afterword only accounted for 2 years I understand Jules Verne wrote a seuel to Wyss' classic I may have to see how that goes


  7. says:

    Its fascinating to read these reviews and see how many people judge a story of this time period by the values of the 21st century I doubt any of the people who have written these reviews have ever missed a meal let alone faced the dangers of survival in a wilderness The story was written to fire the minds and hearts of children of the day It taught them about the things that were important to their future and their families Try to remember that a child reading this book in Europe may have grown up and found in this story a motivation for seeking a better life in the new worlds of America Australia or the Pacific islands These children grew up to be the settlers of the Old West and of wild places that we now take for granted as tamed They were parents of the cowboys and farmers that built the nations of today The use of animals to survive was consistent with the views of the dayIf you read this book with an appreciation for the time and culture of when it was written you will learn and understand the people of that time better


  8. says:

    Wow What a relief to have that out of the way I have been painstakingly pushing my way through this book for a while now Having said that I always thought that The Swiss Family Robinson was just the type of story that I would like Going into it my expectations were high and I think my enthusiasm barreled me past the first few chapters without so much as a literary bump But just like trying to race up Everest you lose steam after the first hundred yard sprint and the rest is pure drudgery The unfortunate thing is that there was no sense of satisfaction upon finishing The Swiss Family Robinson as there would be in peaking Everest only relief Here is the problem as I see it and I will use the narrator's own words towards the end of the novel to explain it It is needless for me to continue what would exhaust the patience of the most long suffering by repeating monotonous narratives of exploring parties and hunting expeditions wearisome descriptions of awkward inventions and clumsy machines with an endless record of discoveries fit for the pages of an encyclopedia than a book of family history Wow Couldn't have said it better myself Mr Robinson though your realization of those things was about two hundred and fifty pages too late While I can't say it better I will sum it up nothing happens Oh sure they keep building these paradisaical tropical mansions lacking only in electronics and internet because those things haven't been invented yet but what exactly is happening? Nothing The biggest conflicts they have are brought up one paragraph and resolved in the next And then there are the characters I originally loved the idea of a family being the protagonist instead of just some single adult male like in most stories But I think Wyss could have put personality into a single adult boulder than he did in this entire family That's not to say that there aren't distinguishing personality traits The chief one of the narrator is that he is annoying smug and wholly unbelievable Every idea he tried he immediately succeeded at accomplishing even if the whole human race had been trying the same feat unsuccessfully for thousands of years with plenty resources Any animal or plant he saw he immediately knew the scientific classification background and general usage for it as if reading out of the page of an encyclopedia an interesting study would be to find the Swiss encyclopedias of the time and find out which ones Wyss plagiarized from probably verbatim in most instances in order to piece together Mr Robinson's immaculate naturalist knowledge Perhaps I am being harsh okay yes I am being harsh especially for a book meant for children But I think that even children have a right to expect simple things like PLOT or DEVELOPED CHARACTERS as part of their reading experience However I realize that the book is up against some pretty stiff prejudices of mine You see before reading this I had also read The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne This one also has castaways on a destitute island who are able to create amazingly advanced machines technology and shelters with very limited resources limited than the Robinson family's even Yet I did not balk at incredulity when Cyrus Harding moved from one advancement to another or accessed astonishing amounts of information using his memory alone The reason why? I believe it is because Verne actually knew what his characters were talking about Rather than slapping something from an encyclopedia entry and passing off haphazard hypotheses Verne had actually thought these things through understood the implications and context of each thing and put forward a fascinating but credible solution Besides The Mysterious Island I had also seen the Disney movie The Swiss Family Robinson Such a great great movie one of my all time favorite in fact How did it attain that status? It made realistic characters that you could believe in and distinguish one from another It truly made the family the protagonist It cared about the characters first and the cool treehouse secondary although you have to admit the treehouse in that movie is AMAZING And finally there was a plot The characters were constantly working with an underlying conflict and it culminated in a worthy climax In short the movie fixed everything that was wrong with the book and they excelled at the few things the book got right such as the treehouse the appearance of another character later on in the story and the references to pirates Going into the reading with these expectations it is little wonder that Johann Wyss is getting the brunt of my frustrations here but in reality the book is harmless Long boring and redundant but harmless It is a great idea some uniue settings and some simple fun It is just a matter of sifting through all of the drudgery to get them


  9. says:

    SPOILER ALERT I've read it now and it does not measure up to the Disney movie It was so ridiculous The boys shoot every animal they see which range from inhabitants of the African savannah Australia and the American northwest yes hippos rhinos lions tigers kangaroos bears elephants the duck billed platypus you name it they're on the island The father knows absolutely everything about every plant and animal and sums up every situation correctly before it happens He recognizes plants like flax and wax bushes For a deserted island it's interesting that there is absolutely everything that they could possibly need and that the father who has never lived in the West Indies recognizes it all at a glance Oh also their European trees that happened to be on the ship grow just fine in the blazing tropical sun There is no conflict because the father knows his way out of any trouble and the only story is we went here shot this animal made this hut etc The characters all speak the same even the little boy talks just like his dad and uses the same adult phrases and big words The last chapter was the most interesting I could see a young boy who doesn't mind old fashioned language who's into hunting and survival liking this book but that's about it so I'll keep it just in case Ethan falls into that category There is no hot girl for the boys to fight over either I read at the end that the author thought of the story to give his sons survival ideas and I don't think that's so bad but if you're going to set a novel in the West Indies and you know so much about flora and fauna you could try to make the flora and fauna of the island authentic There I'm done venting and very glad to be done with the book


  10. says:

    The enchanting story of a shipwrecked family a minister his wife and four sons Fritz Ernest Francis and Jack who are cast up on a desert island build a wonderful house in a tree and survive so cleverly and happily apart from the world that they never want to be rescuedAnd from the inside back cover The author of The Swiss Family Robinson was actually a number of people Originally Swiss Army chaplain Johann David Wyss 1743 1818 wrote an adventure story modeled after Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe to amuse his four sons who one imagines found their counterparts in age and character in their father's book One of these sons Johann Rudolf 1781 1830 edited and published his father's manuscript in 1812 1813 A French translation by Mme la Baronne Isabelle de Montolieu appeared very shortly thereafter and it contained some new adventures The first and further embroidered English translation soon followed and several years later Mme de Montolieu published a still longer version Other writers editors and translators continued to add and subtract material and the book continued to appear in various guises until in 1889 WHG Kingston's shorter version was published and soon became the English standard But even the Kingston version contains the zoologically improbable profusion of animals for which the book is noted penguins ostriches kangaroos jackals and so on not to mention terrain of amazing diversity and every variety of plant the castaways could ever want And all this one one undiscovered and uninhabited though fairly large tropical island Certainly The Swiss Family Robinson is one of the most beloved adventure discovery books of all time but one should not be tempted to use it as a survival manual for disappointment would surely followSo I included that blurb from inside the back cover largely because I personally find the last sentence in it kind of hilarious but certainly not inaccurate I think I'd have to say that this may be one of the most ridiculous books I've ever read and not in a good way There are so many things wrong with it I barely know where to startBut let's see Let's start with the extremely stilted writing style Now knowing what I now do about how many people have had their hands on this book it's entirely possible that Wyss's original writing was so elouent one could weep and the suck that's left is simply a result of being translated back and forth by way too many people But whatever the cause it's basically terrible Consider the following a piece of dialogue between the narrator and his wife It seems absolutely necessary my dear wife to return at once to the wreck while it is yet calm that we may save the poor animals left there and bring on shore many articles of infinite value to us which if we do not now recover we may finally lose entirelyWTF is that? Who talks like that? Nobody bloody well talks like that but that kind of ridiculous writing is all the way through the book GahOh and as for my dear wife this poor woman has a name Elizabeth which we learn on page 67 and never hear again In the entire book Elizabeth is referred to by name exactly twice The rest of the time she's my wife which is tolerable or freuently the mother That's right The mother Not just mother or their mother in reference to the boys but the mother Like she's not really a person who matters; she's just there to be useful and serve her motherly function That drove me absolutely nutsThen there's the profusion of zoologically improbable animals which is a severe understatement and also only the tip of the absurd convenience iceberg This island seriously has to be the most awesome place to be shipwrecked ever because it really does contain absolutely everything you could possibly ever want to survive and build anything you can conceive of I'm half surprised they didn't find some sort of silica deposits that they could use to construct themselves computers If it had been written later I bet it would have And if finding a particular object on the island was too absurd even for the authors to conceive of the family could just get it off the wreck of the actual ship which was conveniently wrecked largely intact on a rock very close to the island where they could travel regularly to strip it of all kinds of articles of infinite value I honestly can't even convey the depth of the absurdity of the things that they just happened to find on this island so that they never had to do without anything Seriously they lived in such luxury it barely ualifies as shipwreck if you ask meIt bugs me too and don't even ask why this particular thing bugs me so much that for example after they've been on the island for several years they suddenly find evidence of elephants around one of the establishments Um no It's almost conceivable that in exploring to a part of the island where they've never been before they might find traces of an animal they haven't previously encountered or seen any signs of but in a place they freuent regularly and have for several years? Not likely Animals are creatures of habit and if you don't see them around a particular spot within a year chances are they won't show up there ever Unless of course you've screwed up the ecosystem of this island so badly that you alter animals' usual patternsWhich is entirely conceivable Why I ask you does a family of six need half a dozen homes on this island? I understand having two because winter and summer have different shelter reuirements and sometimes it's just easier to construct two different shelters than to try and make one serve dual purpose But another one here and another one in this other place we've discovered and another on over there etc? Why? I get that sometimes you might want to go to spot X to avail yourself of resource Y that is found in that area and that sometimes you may need to stay there for a few days while you're gathering the stuff or whatever But dude Bring a tent You don't need a whole other abode whose main purpose seems to be something for you to build to occupy your time and to take umbrage when the local monkeys show up and wreak havoc in it Which is precisely what precipitated two of the most disturbing episodes in this book In both cases they show up at one of their settlements that they rarely use anyway to find that the monkeys have made a mess And instead of thinking Gee maybe we've expanded enough they decide to set traps and kill all the monkeys that show up next time And not to eat or skin or do anything useful with No no once the monkeys are dead they just bury them I found both instances appallingly unnecessary savageryFurther evidence of their excessively expansionist tendencies is that every time they discover a new animal they simply must either kill as many of them as possible Seriously? Your stores aren't adeuate? Based on the killing related in the book they could survive years without killing anything else or capture at least one and relocate it to one of their homes Why? These animals were living perfectly contentedly where they were and now that you know where that is if you need them you can come get them Why uproot them I especially loved how when they discovered a pack of ostriches and decided to capture one of them to be tamed and ridden btw did they go for one of the females? Nope They went after the one male in the group Great Way to destroy the ostriches' chance of continued survival losers It's all presented in such a happy go lucky way but all I could think while reading this book was how incredibly wantonly they were just destroying the natural resources and populations on this island What else is new when humans show up though I guessI could go on but let me just touch briefly upon the absurdity of the last line in the back cover blurb They don't ever want to be rescued? Really? The four boys are perfectly content with the options of either celibacy or incest? Sure they are Good thing Miss Montrose showed up when she did really I also love how these parents unlike pretty much every parent in the time period and most parents even nowadays don't seem remotely concerned about the fact that by staying on this island their boys won't be able to get married or have children of their own I'm imagining what would happen if they didn't end up getting rescued with everyone dying until Franz the youngest was finally left all by himself on this island Nice fate you're wishing on your children parents This lack of concern was particularly evident when they did find other people and the mother was asked if she would like to go or stay and she declared that she'd like to stay as long as at least two of the boys stayed too WTF? It's a little less screwed up after they go on to talk about how they'd like to bring in people and actually form something of a colony the better to completely destroy the island I guess but still Shouldn't most mothers be a little anxious for their boys to get the hell off this deserted island so they can meet some nice girls and get married? Weird people theseAnd you know what? Much of this could be forgiven if the story were interesting or compelling But it's not Aside from the initial shipwreck absolutely nothing happens to these people that could be classified as anything than a trivial inconvenience There's no real drama or suspense and that rendered the whole thing just incredibly dull And that is what's really unforgivable about this bookAnd one final note this one directed at the cover illustrator When dogs are described in a book as being mastiffs maybe you don't draw what is clearly a golden retriever on the cover


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