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Robinson Crusoe

Defoe, Daniel (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Robinson Crusoe

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Daniel Defoe's enthralling story-telling and imaginatively detailed descriptions have ensured that his fiction masquerading as fact remains one of the most famous stories in English literature. On one level a simple adventure story, the novel also raises profound questions about moral and spiritual values, society, and man's abiding acquisitiveness. This new edition includes a scintillating Introduction and notes that illuminate the historical context. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Authors: Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731
Title: Robinson Crusoe
Publisher: Oxford ;, New York :, Oxford University Press,, [2008], 2007
Edition: New ed
Characteristics: lii, 321 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Daniel Defoe ; edited with an introduction by Thomas Keymer and notes by Thomas Keymer and James Kelly
Additional Contributors: Keymer, Tom
Kelly, James William
ISBN: 9780199553976
Branch Call Number: FICTION DEFOE 2008
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Report This Apr 15, 2014
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Aug 15, 2013
  • lmcshane rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Jun 19, 2013
  • kleokleopatra66 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Apr 17, 2013
  • kyivuk04 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I liked this book. It can get a little dry at times, but overall I enjoyed it. I don't know why some people thought it was racist; I didn't get that impression at all.

Report This Jan 21, 2012
  • haywardfamily rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed it.

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  • vcc rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Apr 08, 2010
  • kingshearte rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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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Report This Apr 15, 2014
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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