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This book has been edited, and changed from the original manuscript. I'm against changing the classic's, I feel they should be left as intended by the original author. That's the only reason I gave it 3 stars.
The story itself is a great story of survival and the human spirit.
After his arrival on the island, Crusoe is able to recover an amazing amount of stuff from the wrecked ship, to the point where he's really wanting for nothing but companionship. For decades he makes no attempt to get off the island, and industriously applies his time and effort to the contrivance of various desert-island technologies to make his stay more comfortable. He sets about building houses, fences, even shelves; plants barley; and domesticates livestock; with each process described in minute detail by Defoe. This how-to narrative, coupled with Crusoe's reflections on his lot in life, makes up the bulk of the text.
Although the book was first published in 1719, the prose has a conversational feel that is remarkably contemporary. The plotting, on the other hand, is hopelessly antiquated and frustratingly slow. The first three chapters leave the reader screaming, "Get to the damn island, already!" Soon afterwards there are a couple of chapters reproducing excerpts from Crusoe's diary, which agonizingly repeat everything which took place in a preceding chapter. The soul searching discussed above occupies about two-thirds of the book, followed by a few chapters of action which at times defy belief. Defoe then unforgivably wraps up the entire book with a chapter that is almost totally unrelated to everything that came before, and is therefore quite unnecessary.
While reading Robinson Crusoe, one can't help thinking, "What would I do if I were in his place?" After reading the novel, one realizes that pondering that question is more fun than reading the actual narrative that Defoe delivers. Though the book was no doubt ground breaking for its time, and has been extremely influential in subsequent literature, 21st-century readers may find it difficult to enjoy. The book does have its merits, but if you are expecting an adventure novel, prepare to be disappointed.
Originally titled The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, the newly titled Robinson Crusoe is a piece of historical fiction. For a book that was written about 300 years ago, it has a uncommon goal...Defoe writes a book purely for entertainment, while most of the writers of those times wanted to educate the reader while telling their story. The book had an interesting format in some places. Defoe created graphs or lists within the story then changed at one point to a journal.
The story starts with a young Robinson Crusoe asking his parents for their blessings to become a sailor. Although his parents deny him their blessings, he becomes a sailor anyway. On his first journey, nearly sinking, Robinson Crusoe is convinced that he will not be sailing again, although later in his life he decides on a second journey. His second journey was also a disaster. His ship was taken by pirates and sailed to Sicily. In Sicily, he was enslaved by a resident Moor. Later he escapes on a fishing boat with a slave named Xury. He escaped by sailing off when the slave master wasn’t looking. Soon they are rescued by a Portuguese ship captain, and Robinson Crusoe sells Xury to him.
When the ship gets to Brazil, Robinson Crusoe decides to stop sailing and start a plantation. Despite his plantation becoming quite successful, he soon joins an expedition to smuggle slaves from Africa. Unfortunately for Robinson Crusoe, but to no surprise to the reader, his journey goes horribly wrong. His journey is ended early when his ship is sunk in a storm, but he survives by clinging on to rocks. When the storm subdues, Robinson Crusoe makes it to a nearby island. Now this is where the story ignites.
Overall, I liked this book. Daniel Defoe is a top-notch writer who has the ability to make his readers care for his characters. The story started slow, but it was still an attention grabber. In conclusion, I think this book demonstrated strong resilience from Robinson Crusoe while he faced some fearsome challenges. Unlike most books that I’ve read, I wouldn’t recommend this book to the general audience because of the complicated beginning. I would recommend this book to the advanced readers.
Which brings us to "Robinson Crusoe". While the idea of the castaway more or less originated with and became eternally popular in connection with this book, the book itself is not at all the boys' own, or even stirring, adventure you might expect. Google critical discussions if you like. What you will turn up is very interesting articles about Crusoe as "the Economic Man", or the European colonialist or imperialist, or the radical Protestant. Defoe was a successful businessman and trader in the new economic order of his time, and Crusoe is in many ways a contemplation or examination of what imperialist trade meant culturally, morally, ethically, politically and economically. There are all sorts of paradoxes, inconsistencies, complexities, contradictions and conflicts in how Crusoe approaches moral, ethical, religious and even commercial and entrepreneurial issues throughout this book, and volumes have been written about what Defoe was really getting at in some passages.
So, bottom line, you could teach a college level course just based on this book, and you could spark some fascinating discussions, papers, and points of view. It's offerings are rich and varied. But this is a difficult and demanding read if embraced fully, and not at all the kids shelf actioner the "classic tale" label might suggest.