Robinson Crusoe by Robin Waterfield

Robinson Crusoe

byRobin Waterfield, Daniel Defoe

Kobo ebook | March 25, 2004

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2019 celebrates the 300th anniversary of the story of Robinson Crusoe - one of the most famous adventures of all time - with a brand new introduction from expert survivalist Bear Grylls.

After surviving a terrible shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe discovers he is the only human on an island far from any shipping routes or rescue. At first he is devastated, but slowly, with patience and imagination, he transforms his dismal island into a tropical paradise. For twenty-four years he lives with no human companionship - until one fateful day, when he discovers he is not alone...

Lightly abridged for Puffin Classics.

Title:Robinson CrusoeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 25, 2004Publisher:Penguin Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0141925353

ISBN - 13:9780141925356


Rated 5 out of 5 by from lovely adventure i've had this book for years and its still one of my favorites. defoe captures the sorrow and resilience people exhibit in harsh environments.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking Brilliantly told story that will give you much insight into the experiences of the lost and hopeless.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Good captivating story, well written and interesting.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Good captivating story, well written and interesting.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Good captivating story, well written and interesting.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Great captivating story, well written and interesting.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful Awful! This book was a required read for a university course and it was just awful! I barely managed to get through it and the only reason I did was because I needed it to write an essay for the class. Ugh never again
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from classic! my favourite seafaring adventure. Defoe is brilliant
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Multifaceted English Classic Daniel Defoe's 1719 novel, "Robinson Crusoe," written when Defoe was 59 years old, is a multifaceted work whose layers of significance can easily escape those who read it in their youth. The English precursor to the survival/adventure/shipwreck narrative, "Robinson Crusoe" details the career of an errant youth who discovers hope and faith through experimentation. Crusoe's exploits are also important to a developing early 18th century notion of the ideal industrious middle class citizen, as well as reaffirming the growth of British Imperialism. As a boy in a household already fractured by rebellious sons, Crusoe lives aimlessly with his father and mother, always desiring to leave the confines of his home for the sea. Against the better wisdom of his father, who advises him to remain where he is and enjoy the fruits of an easy-going middle class life, Crusoe takes to the ocean. A series of ill-omened occurrences, including shipwrecks and enslavement lead Crusoe to a deserted island off the coast of South America, where he is forced to provide and fend for himself. Though Crusoe's spiritual awakening has been much noted in reviews, one important facet of his Christian moralizing in the novel that is noteworthy is the way the novel problematizes Protestant-Catholic relations throughout the novel. The vast majority of Crusoe's early encounters are among Spanish and Portuguese colonists and traders. It is interesting how Crusoe measures the English against them, and how that comparison extends into Crusoe's evaluation of the various 'savages' he comes across in the novel. Another great layer of significance in "Robinson Crusoe" concerns its attitudes toward English history and colonial ventures. Note the language of possession, authority, and control that colour Crusoe's descriptions of himself and the uninhabited island he must learn to live on. I find especially telling, in accordance with his religious views, how England's 18th century colonial competitors, the Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and French, are characterized by Crusoe. I could also cite the often explicitly homoerotic undertones in the relationship between Crusoe and his Native American manservant, Friday, as a source of compelling interest in Defoe's novel. In the realm of the socio-economic, Crusoe's appropriation of utilitarianism in regards to raw materials, money, and even people is an important theme. For those who have read it a million times or never, Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe" is entertaining and edifying, always worth reading and rereading
Date published: 2009-07-26