Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

Book - 2009
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Widely regarded as the first English novel, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is one of the most popular and influential adventure stories of all time. This classic tale of shipwreck and survival on an uninhabited island was an instant success when first published in 1719 and has inspired countless imitations.
Publisher: London :, Arcturus,, 2009
ISBN: 9781848373150
1848373155
Branch Call Number: F DEF 2009 NVD
Characteristics: 287 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

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Marcus_41
Aug 31, 2017

Robison crusoe is a great read for all ages.Beging one of my all time favourite reads, I would recomend this book to any one who enjoys reading adventure or classic books.

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katherinekar
Jul 11, 2014

I love this book. The only thing I don't like is on the version I was reading did not have chapters.

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lisahiggs
Apr 15, 2014

Robinson Crusoe is the firsthand account of the sole survivor of a shipwreck who is stranded on a desert island for almost thirty years. The simple and compelling adventure narrative is full of all the cool survival tricks you can learn to do on your own when you’ve got thirty years time on your hands. Beyond the adventure narrative, and the weird capitalizing of every Noun, there is also a consistently piercing self-analysis by Crusoe, as he examines the choices that brought him to be shipwrecked and spends thirty years making himself into a better man.

Robinson Crusoe has a wickedly black sense of humour, too, and a self-awareness that might be the very thing that makes this book literature. Crusoe is painfully self-aware of himself and every single choice he made in life that led him to be shipwrecked – he has thirty years to spend learning about himself, judging himself, pondering religion and the world, and getting his story down on paper. That Daniel Defoe could create a character that is so vivid and aware that people thought this was a true story, and that he did this in 1719 while inventing the novel, blows my mind. What have we been doing for the last 300 years that we can't write as well as this now or debate religion as eloquently?

Of course, even in the most enduring and classic literature, there are bound to be parts that don’t age well, such as Robinson Crusoe’s initial thought upon seeing other people for the first time in 24 years is that now he can get himself a black servant.

LMcShaneCLE Aug 15, 2013

I enjoyed the beginning of the book - but did find that it got a bit redundant and too preachy in parts -and by the end -very dull and strange w/Friday killing a bear in France. I can see why it was interesting at the time written -and it is worth the read for the anthropology revealed and geography. Also, forward by Avi - makes insightful commentary.

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kleokleopatra66
Jun 19, 2013

a very good book, the only trouble i had was getting past the rather stealthy old english language and grammar it is written in but one gets used to it. some words i stumbled over, i read it in german the first time so i did not have that problem . i think it depicts the human spirit and it potential for survival in all kinds of adverse conditions to the fullest. the ingenuity with which crusoe makes a life on this island is admirable. the claim of some reviews that the book is racist i find not to be true. the book was not written in 1999 but rather in the late 1600's. so slavery was rampant then in america as well as in the rest of the world and the book simply reflects the spirit of the times, the way people back then thought, rather than considering it racist it should be considered a great lesson in history whether we agree with it today or not~ that is how things were back then and this book depicts it honestly.

haywardfamily Jan 21, 2012

Enjoyed it.

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vcc
Oct 01, 2011

This fictionalized story of Alexander Selkirk's adventures as a castaway has some interesting points to it, but because most of the novel details Crusoe's life outside of the deserted isle, the story seems drawn out. It was a popular novel of its' time, but the continual writings of Crusoe's feeling of his English superiority versus the "savage" or "un-Christian" behaviour of others is extremely pompous to read.

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kingshearte
Jan 30, 2010

I found this book exceptionally dull, full of offensive racial stereotypes (yes, I know that these ideas were standard at the time, but that doesn't make them any less abhorrent), and just generally extremely difficult to slog through. It may be a classic, but I just don't think it was worth it.

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Nov 09, 2015

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Elentari
Mar 18, 2013

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lisahiggs
Apr 15, 2014

I observ’d, that the two who swam [in pursuit], were yet more than twice as long swimming over the Creek, as the [Savage] was that fled from them: It came now very warmly upon my Thoughts, and indeed irresistibly, that now was my Time to get me a Servant, or Assistant; and that I was call’d plainly by Providence to save this poor Creature’s Life.

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lisahiggs
Apr 15, 2014

For me to think of such a Voyage was the most preposterous thing that ever Man in such Circumstances could be guilty of. But I, that was born to be my own Destroyer, could no more resist the Offer than I could restrain my first rambling Designs, when my Father’s good Counsel was lost upon me. [And so] I went on board in an evil Hour, the first of September, 1659, being the same Day eight Years [ago] that I went from my Father and Mother’s, in order to act the Rebel to their Authority, and the Fool to my own Interest.

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