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Robinson Crusoe (original 1719; edition 1990)

by Daniel Defoe, N.C. Wyeth (Illustrator)

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During one of his several adventurous voyages in the 1600s, an Englishman becomes the sole survivor of a shipwreck and lives for nearly thirty years on a deserted island.
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Title:Robinson Crusoe
Authors:Daniel Defoe
Other authors:N.C. Wyeth (Illustrator)
Info:Courage Books (1990), Hardcover, 368 pages
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First of all, it was an interesting idea for a book. Stranded on tropical island with only what you can scavenge from his destroyed ship. However, the parts that dragged this down for me was the repetition. At one point he describes what he did for the first 4 years stranded on the island. He then proceeds to show his journal... which just describes what he did the first 4 years on the island again. Repeatedly get his mental thoughts on religion, which is fine the first time, but it goes on and on.

The book is not sensitive to current ideas about slavery and race, but it was written in the 1700's so can't fault it for it's time.

Overall, wasn't my favorite book. If you want a more modern take on the 'Man trapped on Island' story, I suggest The Martian. ( )
  nmorse | Dec 3, 2019 |
Excellent - So happy to discover these classics are available as ebooks.

Years ago I remember reading and learning of classic novels via Classics Illustrated. I'm impressed how much they pack into these books. Obviously they are abridged, but they are hardly dumbed down. Great to see - and see they are available to purchase via Comixology. ( )
  mrklingon | Dec 3, 2019 |
Robinson har velat utforska världen och hitta egna äventyr att leva igenom ända sedan han var liten. Men redan vid hans första tur på havet, när han som ung man rymmer hemifrån, visar det sig att världen inte verkar vara lika intresserad av att ha med honom att göra. Trots detta lyckas han ta sig till Brasilien där han investerar sina få pengar i ett plantage, och där går det bra för honom.

Under de kommande åren kommer han önska att det hade varit nog för honom. Men när hans kolleger erbjuder sig att kosta på sig hans resa till Nordafrika för att hämta hem slavar bestämmer han sig genast för att nappa. Dock hinner han inte längre än några dagar ut på havet innan det blir oväder. Endast Robinson klarar sig när skeppet ger upp i de stora vågorna. Endast Robinson finns på den ö som han med nöd och näppe lyckas ta sig till.

Sakta men säkert bygger han under åren upp ett hem på ön som han till slut kommer att värdera mycket högre än den värld han lämnade bakom sig. Åtminstone till han en dag hittar spår efter fötter i sanden. Spår som han vet att han själv inte lämnat. Han är inte längre ensam på ön.

Jag läste denna mest för att det är en klassiker och många har rekommenderat den till mig och satt att det är en bok jag måste läsa. Speciellt då jag gillar äventyr och dylikt. Men jag önskar att jag inte hade gjort det. Jag önskar helt ärligt att jag aldrig någonsin lagt pengar på denna bok. Tjugo kronor på bokrean var alldeles för mycket. Den är knappast värd en femma.

Det är få böcker som är så rasistiska som denna vilket man kan se som en riktigt bedrift med tanke på att den är skriven på 1700-talet. Den började helt okej, ungefär som andra böcker från samma tidsperiod. Men för varje litet äventyr i början av boken blev det värre och värre. Om jag inte hade som motto att aldrig lägga ner en bok om jag väl har börjat på den hade jag antagligen inte kommit längre än en tredjedel.

Boken är imperialisk och innehåller inte en enda positiv sak om icke-vita... åtminstone inte som är följda av något otroligt rasistiskt och avhumaniserande. Dessutom är den otroligt tråkig. Han är på ön i över tjugo år och babblar konstant om sin skörd och hur han byggde det här och det där. Men det är alltid efteråt. Det är alltid en sammanfattning. Det är entonigt till den sista fjärdedelen när han inser att han inte är ensam på ön; och efter det är den så rasistisk att man mår illa. Hans behandling av Friday fick mig helt ärligt att vilja spy av ilska.

Det är inte en ursäkt att den är skriven på 1700-talet. Det är äckligt och patetiskt och så otroligt kolonialistiskt att man blir mörkrädd. Men om man tar bort det får man ändå endast en tråkig sammanfattning av en tråkig man på en tråkig ö i tjugo långa år. Boken är helt utan räddning. Varför detta är en klassiker förstår jag inte, och denna fråga kommer antagligen fortfarande surra argt och förvirrat i mitt huvud när jag tar mina sista andetag.
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  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
This should have been a book I really liked, but the overbearing narrative voice ruined it. And I say this as someone who has been reading and enjoying a lot of books with opinionated narrators lately.

Generally, when I read a novel I expect it to have a degree of personal growth (unless a lack of growth is the point of the story) and narrative tension. And this story *should* have had both of those. Certainly, the protagonist finds God and humility over the course of the novel, but the narration spends the entire book lamenting that he didn't trust to providence, etc., etc. (at length, every few pages, so you don't miss it...) that the personality he had at the beginning is totally absent, overridden by who he becomes by the end. And the way it's written it just seams so *easy* for him to survive--certainly, he must have had problems, but those are mostly glossed over, he has a whole ship full of stuff, and he routinely points out how something he did early on would be useful later, so when the problem does come up you already know it's solved.

And if the protagonist barely has a personality, no one else has any personality at all. And you might think, well, yeah, he spends the whole book alone on an island--but no! Quite a bit of the book isn't on the island, or otherwise there are other people around. But they just waft on and off-stage with no real effect. Friday is more of a person than anyone else, but he's such a caricature that I feel like he hardly counts. Oh, and the narrator mentions that he got married and had three kids and his wife died, all in one sentence, and goes on with the narration like nothing remarkable happened, and did these people mean nothing to you?

Ugh. And even though he keeps belaboring the religious lesson over and over, it isn't even a good sermon, because good rhetoric has roots in good story and personal development.

Anyway, I think what I'm saying here is you'd be better off spending your time reading a wilderness survival manual while singing Amazing Grace over and over again. ( )
  haloedrain | Aug 3, 2019 |
The first 2/3 of the book is classic adventure with peril, intrigue, and a dash of reflective theology. The last section is sluggish with a random bear fight thrown in. All in all, worth the designation as a classic.

4.2/5 ( )
1 vote ZacharyTLawson | Jul 10, 2019 |
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“Robinson Crusoe,” though, remains something truly special: It belongs in that small category of classics — others are “The Odyssey” and “Don Quixote” — that we feel we’ve read even if we haven’t. Retellings for children and illustrations, like those by N.C. Wyeth, have made its key scenes universally recognizable.... A classic is a book that generations have found worth returning to and arguing with. Vividly written, replete with paradoxes and troubling cultural attitudes, revealing a deep strain of supernaturalism beneath its realist surface, “Robinson Crusoe” is just such a classic and far more than a simple adventure story for kids.
 
A friend of mine, a Welsh blacksmith, was twenty-five years old and could neither read nor write, when he heard a chapter of Robinson read aloud in a farm kitchen. Up to that moment he had sat content, huddled in his ignorance, but he left that farm another man. There were day-dreams, it appeared, divine day-dreams, written and printed and bound, and to be bought for money and enjoyed at pleasure. Down he sat that day, painfully learned to read Welsh, and returned to borrow the book. It had been lost, nor could he find another copy but one that was in English. Down he sat once more, learned English, and at length, and with entire delight, read Robinson... It was the scene of Crusoe at the wreck, if I remember rightly, that so bewitched my blacksmith. Nor is the fact surprising. Every single article the castaway recovers from the hulk is “a joy for ever” to the man who reads of them. They are the things that should be found, and the bare enumeration stirs the blood.
added by SnootyBaronet | editCornhill Magazine, Robert Louis Stevenson
 
Crusoe has been called a kind of Protestant monk, and it is true that he turns the chance of his isolation into an anchorite’s career. The story is one of spiritual realization — almost half a lifetime spent on contemplation works profound changes, whatever the subject’s religion. We can watch Crusoe become, year by year, a better, wiser man... Robinson Crusoe may still be the greatest English novel. Surely it is written with a mastery that has never been surpassed. It is not only as convincing as real life. It is as deep and as superficial as direct experience itself.
added by SnootyBaronet | editSaturday Review of Literature, Kenneth Rexroth
 

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Defoe, DanielAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abbott, Elenore PlaistedIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Anthony, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
AviForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bown, DerickIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Casaletto, TomNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dell'Acqua, EdgardoIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duvoisin, RogerIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Finnemore, J.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hadden, J. CuthbertIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herder, RonaldEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keith, RonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kredel, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pocock, Guy N.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ross, AngusEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rowlands, WilliamTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Swados, HarveyAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ward, LyndIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Edward ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winter, MiloIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Woolf, VirginiaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family, though not of that country, my father being a foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull: he got a good estate by merchandise, and leaving off his trade, lived afterward at York, from whence he had married my mother, whose relations were named Robinson, a very good family in that country, and from whom I was called Robinson Kreutznaer; but, by the usual corruption of words in England, we are now called, nay, we call ourselves, and write our name Crusoe, and so my companions always called me.
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Robinson Crusoe, the highly acclaimed novel by Daniel Defoe, is a literary classic which is enjoyed by readers of all ages. The story deals with the life of a middle-class Englishman who forsakes convention to pursue his ambition to go to sea. After surviving capture by Turkish pirates and escaping from enslavement, he embarks on his pivotal voyage. The young Crusoe is shipwrecked on an island and for twenty-four years is a solitary castaway. Emerging from the background of a romantic adventure story is Defoe's exposition on isolation, self-reliance and companionship. Since 1719 this book has enticed an audience who, like Crusoe, long to be free from the constrictions of society.
Robinson Crusoe was interested in adventures and he wanted to spend his life on the adventure. One day one of his friends asked him if he wants to be sail...and then his story will begin.
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