Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DefoeIts really sad that people judge books from the 17th century from their 21st century politically-correct perspective. You dont have to agree with Defoes worldview and religious beliefs to like the book. Im repulsed by Homers beliefs but I know his works deserve to be classics.
People who think this book is boring probably think hikes through majestic mountains or quiet afternoons in a beautiful garden are boring. This book is slow at times. But the slowest parts are the best. Defoe is a master of detail. And the action is much more exciting when it comes after the calm. A book with only action would be boring to me (not to mention corny, e.g. Treasure Island).
This is, hands down, my favorite novel of all time. Rich detail, gripping plot, profound character development, insightful meditations, and the meeting of two radically different worlds in Robinson and the cannibals. I never stop reading this book. When I finish I start again. I love Robinson and Friday as if they were a real life father and brother.
BTW - There is an audio recording by Ron Keith that is spectacular. The publisher is Recorded Books.
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe –review
Robinson Crusoe. Crusoe's travels begin when he goes to sea at a young age; quickly, he is captured and put into slavery in Portugal. With a young African boy Xury he escapes, and travels in a boat along the coast of Africa what Crusoe refers to as 'the truly Barbarian coast The two voyage just off the coast, avoiding people and, in the case of a sleeping lion, shooting animals out of curiosity. When they are eventually rescued by a larger ship, Crusoe wrestles with the captain's proposition to purchase Xury's freedom from him.
The first edition credited the work's protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents. Epistolary , confessional , and didactic in form, the book is presented as an autobiography of the title character whose birth name is Robinson Kreutznaer —a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical desert island near Trinidad , encountering cannibals , captives, and mutineers, before ultimately being rescued. Despite its simple narrative style, Robinson Crusoe was well received in the literary world and is often credited as marking the beginning of realistic fiction as a literary genre. It is generally seen as a contender for the first English novel. Crusoe the family name corrupted from the German name "Kreutznaer" set sail from Kingston upon Hull on a sea voyage in August , against the wishes of his parents, who wanted him to pursue a career in law. After a tumultuous journey where his ship is wrecked in a storm, his lust for the sea remains so strong that he sets out to sea again. Two years later, he escapes in a boat with a boy named Xury; a captain of a Portuguese ship off the west coast of Africa rescues him.
T his story is one of three stories, which were all in one book. This book is about a boy, called Robinson Crusoe, who was born in York in One day, at Hull, Crusoe saw one of his companions board a ship bound for London. Robinson Crusoe did the same as his companion and boarded the ship. At sea, the waves were so high they made him feel sick inside! One of the men on board said they had a leak! As the ship sank, they managed to ride ashore where people were trying to aid them.
After being shipwrecked, Crusoe eventually assesses his situation and realizes that
Written by Himself. Now several hundred pounds richer, he sails again for Africa but is captured by pirates and sold into slavery.
Like Bunyan, he had suffered at the hands of the state the pillory, followed by prison in Unlike Bunyan, he was not religious. His world-famous novel is a complex literary confection. Robinson Crusoe has three elements that make it irresistible. This harmonious mix of tone puts the reader deep into the mind of the castaway and his predicament. His adventures become our adventures and we experience them inside out, viscerally, for ourselves. In storytelling terms, this is pure gold.
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