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.