Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

Book - 1992
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RR_6
Aug 31, 2020

Robinson Crusoe is the amazing tale of a young man - Robinson Crusoe - who yearned to wander the world and stood up to his parents so that he could spend the rest of his life on sea. Although he loved the sea he eventually realized that it wasn’t the right life for him so he decided to run a plantation. One day while he was going back to Europe from his plantation his ship was hit by a storm and he was stranded on a deserted island with no ship and no crew. The book depicts his lonely but full of adventure life at the island. If you don’t like survival stories you’ll probably enjoy this book but if you’re a huge fan of survival stories like me you’ll love it !!

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Sophiakofia
Jun 23, 2020

I liked the suspense in the book, but I found it kind of overwhelming. It still is a really nice book though!

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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 24, 2020

I really have this strange fascination with shipwrecks and surviving on a desert island and I think that can all be tracked back to 10 year old me reading this and being completely enthralled. I've loved this book ever since!

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humbleworm
Feb 05, 2020

Dafoe's Robinson Crusoe has inspired many other novels and films since it was published in 1719. From that perspective it is worth reading but bear in mind the historical context it was written in. The protagonist spends so much time contemplating religious philosophy that many readers may prefer to start with an abridged edition first. Wyss' The Swiss Family Robinson (1812), Ballantyne's The Coral Island (1857) and Probst's Stranded series (2013) are more suitable for children. Of course, the Tom Hanks film Cast Away (2000) and the Survivor tv series hosted by Probst also deserve mention, but the sci-fi series Lost In Space starring the Robinson family is really not otherwise relevant. One might even argue that the exploration and resource gathering aspects of Minecraft are appealing for the same reason Robinson Crusoe has been.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 18, 2018

Classic books tend to have lasting impressions on generations of readers, and Robinson Crusoe falls under that category. The book is a delightful combination of eloquent prose, plays on emotion, and even philosophical reasoning. It is among the very first successful books about a stranded protagonist, which adds to its genuine story -- adventures at sea, with a shipwrecked man finding himself alone on a remote island. With an endearing story, the author is able to control the flow of ideas and information very well, as the pace is enough to engage readers to the end. Not only do readers experience the survival aspect, but also the judgement of one's morality: choices that led Crusoe to where he is now, religious influence, awareness of the functioning world, and the ruthlessness of nature. It is recommended for more familiar audiences due to the old English language it was written in. In today's modern world and in the 1700s, Daniel Defoe's classic literature proves worthy of a read. Rating: 4.5 of 5 @Mercurial_Series of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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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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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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