Summary

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 it has inspired countless imitations.
In his own words, Robinson Crusoe tells of the terrible storm that drowned all his shipmates and left him marooned on a deserted island. Forced to overcome despair, doubt, and self-pity, he struggles to create a life for himself in the wilderness. From practically nothing, Crusoe painstakingly learns how to make pottery, grow crops, domesticate livestock, and build a house. His many adventures are recounted in vivid detail, including a fierce battle with cannibals and his rescue of Friday, the man who becomes his trusted companion.
Full of enchanting detail and daring heroics, Robinson Crusoe is a celebration of courage, patience, ingenuity, and hard work.
Public Domain (P)2008 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 22-06-09

Good Yarn

A interesting book which, theiving from Wikipedia, can be summed up by novelist James Joyce, who noted that the true symbol of the British conquest is Robinson Crusoe: "He is the true prototype of the British colonist. ? The whole Anglo-Saxon spirit is in Crusoe: the manly independence, the unconscious cruelty, the persistence, the slow yet efficient intelligence, the sexual apathy, the calculating taciturnity". I would add to that a man with a twisted and egotistical view of religion and a hypocrite, even by the standards of when the book was written (1719). Good book though, a bit slow in places and well read.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Miss on 21-02-13

Very good

I enjoyed listening to this book, but think I benefitted from listening first. I think reading through the book may have been harder work. Most is monologe (of course, if deserted by oneself on an island) and occasionally dragged. However if you have already read and love the book, you will not be disappointed with this audio version. The narration is very good. I was surprised by some phrases and idealogies, but then it was written a very long time ago, when the status of women, black people, and 'savages' was considerably different, and considered acceptable and normal.

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5 out of 5 stars
By William on 02-03-11

Fantastic Story and Excellent Narration

Exciting storyline and excellent narration really brings this book to life. I could listen to Simon Vance read the phone book. :)

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5 out of 5 stars
By Raleigh on 21-03-17

the prodigal without a return


? would it interest you to read the first english novel ever written
? does man's relation to God and the natural world interest you
? do you find introspection and self-reliance to be admirable male virtues

daniel defoe's seminal novel has intrigued readers for centuries
it resonates with old testament judgement, themes and consequences
the story aligns with jonah, the prodigal son and the israelites' exodus

the writing style is surprisingly practical and matter-of-fact
obstacles and efforts and the necessary details of survival predominate
our hero is often disconsolate but rarely depressed or defeated

the book has a significant dose of well presented calvinist theology
defoe assumes that man " left alone " naturally orients toward God
the novel presents true faith and salvation as personal and not institutional

a friend of mine, in college, said he re-read " robinson crusoe " every year
as a young man, this seemed far fetched to me and a bit foolish
now that i'm a grandfather, his choice seems reasonable and even wise





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