Who has not dreamed of life on an exotic isle, far away from civilization? Here is the novel which has inspired countless imitations by lesser writers, none of which equal the power and originality of Defoe's famous book. Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is... show more
Who has not dreamed of life on an exotic isle, far away from civilization? Here is the novel which has inspired countless imitations by lesser writers, none of which equal the power and originality of Defoe's famous book. Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is forced to make do with only a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe. He learns how to build a canoe, make bread, and endure endless solitude. That is, until, twenty-four years later, when he confronts another human being. First published in 1719, Robinson Crusoe has been praised by such writers as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Samuel Johnson as one of the greatest novels in the English language. @ImNotGilligan You’d think in a diary about solitude I’d write something emotional, but nah, that’d be so emo. I’m not in the mood. From Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less
Publish date: April 29th 2003
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 241
Edition language: English
Well, he I am, sitting at one of my favourite coffee shops on a blustery and wet winter morning in Melbourne having just finished another book of which I have known the story since I was a little boy but having never actually read the book. I'm sure we all know of the story of Robinson Crusoe, who w...
Dear Crusoe,What the F*** is wrong with you?!!!My opinion, short and simple: when Crusoe revolted against his father/God he actually didn't want to change the social or natural system, he just wanted to take the role of his father! He wanted to become a father/God. And eventually that is exactly wh...
God, this one is awful. It's tedious and boring and very poorly written. Defoe has essentially no ability for description. The story line should be interesting, but long, tedious patches are taken up with hideously awful maundering on Calvinist theology, theology which Crusoe apparently picked up me...
Based on a real-life incident, Robinson Crusoe tells the story of a young man who yearns to escape the mundane world and set sail for a life of adventure in faraway places. Defying his father's wishes he leaves on board a ship, then finds himself marooned on a tropical island where he wrestles with ...
Robinson Crusoe is a book everyone sort of knows, perhaps more for the man than for his book. The central myth of the shipwrecked Englishman, forced to reconstruct society from the debris of a dashed vessel, appeals to a deep, secret well of childhood within us all. For this reason, the 18th centu...