Short story: Five modern Crusoes
A November 2011 short story in Orion.
"It's not easy being modern. Consider his first surprise: though the shipwreck goes exactly as expected, and no one would complain about the authentic way the waves thrash him around before heaving him onto the beach, it soon becomes clear that the island he has landed on is fully inhabited. Plenty of other people have been shipwrecked there over the years. Not just sailors and ship’s carpenters, but regular folk as well -- hotel clerks, retired couples, internet millionaires.... The castaways strolling on the beach aren't that surprised at finding him there in the sand—people wash up every so often. They help him up and lead him back to town...."
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Painting by Howard Pyle