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Robinson Crusoe [Paperback]

Daniel Defoe
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December 18, 2012 1613821271 978-1613821275 9 - 13 years 04 - 08
<DIV><DIV>Robinson Crusoe runs away from home to join the navy. After a series of adventures at sea, he is shipwrecked in a devastating storm, and finds himself alone on a remote desert island. He remains there many years, building a life for himself in solitude, until the day he discovers another man s footprint in the sand.</DIV></DIV>

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"Evan Davis has done an excellent job of bringing together many of the strands of thought that Defoe put into The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe—his interests in travel, economics, religion, and the experience of solitude—and putting them into an attractive format. Professor Davis supplies examples of texts on related topics such as solitude, cannibalism, and castaway narratives, along with a group of wonderful illustrations, including a large number of Crusoe and Friday, showing everything from the sympathetic and helpful Crusoe to Crusoe the colonialist and exploiter. These are well chosen to make points about the ways in which Crusoe fits into the interests of post-colonial criticism. Professor Davis is also very good in his introduction on the ambiguity with which Crusoe treats Friday. Is he a friend, a servant, or a slave? Or all three? This will be a useful and indeed an exciting text for students at all levels." (Maximillian E. Novak)

"This edition greatly enriches the reader's appreciation of Robinson Crusoe both as a classic that transcends its historical origins and as a text that reflects a specific historical context. In each role, the novel can be viewed from many perspectives, ranging from those embodied in other writings by Defoe and his contemporaries to later ideas about psychology, economics, religion, and post-colonialism, and the introduction and appendices give the reader access to an extraordinarily copious array of these perspectives. The introduction, moreover, goes well beyond compiling viewpoints: while elegantly marshaling information, Evan R. Davis also contests received opinion and offers fresh insights. This is an extremely useful edition for students, general readers, and even those already well-acquainted with Defoe." (Oscar Kenshur) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Daniel Defoe relates the tale of an English sailor marooned on a desert island for nearly three decades. An ordinary man struggling to survive in extraordinary circumstances, Robinson Crusoe wrestles with fate and the nature of God. This edition features maps. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 04 - 08
  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613821271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613821275
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (542 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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139 of 146 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: This is NOT the original text January 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Defoe helped to define the modern fictional novel when he wrote about the tales of Robinson Crusoe. The book has a strong religious theme, as was Defoe's intention. However, this version of the text censors out some of the language against what Defoe called the Papist Church (or the Roman Catholic Church) as well as some items which would be considered racially insensitive today (but leaving in much of it as well). I don't understand why this version leaves out some of those parts, as they completely change the story that Defoe intended. I'm not sure that Amazon knows these texts are censored (not the original) as there is no allusion to it in the book's description.

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77 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An adventure, but different than you might expect January 30, 2005
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The author of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe, is generally credited with being one of the first novel writers in the English language. The book is surely an influential one-- spawning countless imitations, derivations, and (in our era) reality-based television shows.

It is billed, quite fairly, as an adventure story. However, it is a very different kind of adventure than the modern action-sequence laden book which readers today may expect. It is an adventure story, but one which centers primarily on mastery and morality.

The morality is placed centrally in the book when Crusoe rejects the advice of his father to accept the happiness of the middle class life to which he was born. Against the wishes of his family, he runs off to sea to find adventure. It is not until Crusoe literally recreates a primitive approximation of that middle class life for himself on his island that he is freed.

Crusoe is also a story about the ability of mankind to master his surroundings through hard work, patience, and Christianity. The combination of these three supports are what allow him to escape captivity in Africa, overcome the deadly obstacles on the island, and finally leave the island itself. His physical prowess and combat skills are significantly less important to his journey than the message of trust and persistance that the decades he spends on the island convey. While this message might need tempering for the modern reader, it is also inspirational and important to read.

If the potential reader is not used to the diction of the time, the book itself may take some patience and persistance. It pays off, in the end, and should be an excellent book for the young teenager (or the not-so-young grown-up) interested in stories of adventure.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior and inspirational reading for adults and teens January 21, 2003
Format:Paperback
After reading Glyn Williams' trenchant 'The Prize Of All The Oceans' I had an overwhelming desire to read this classic once again. I first read it when I was a mere 10 year old and it completely mesmerized me; I find that it still held the same power over me thirty years later. It is difficult to put this tale down once the title character becomes a castaway on the "island of despair" (as Crusoe refers to it) and he begins the battle against the odds to survive. Facing extreme tropical heat, torrential storms, a dreadful loneliness and the struggle to master some of the simplest of skills we take for granted Crusoe wages his one-man crusade for survival. Beginning his desolate existence steeped in woeful self-pity he slowly realizes through a series of trying circumstances, devotional reading of the Bible and finally relief from his isolated state that the experience proves to be one of reverie. In the process Crusoe becomes quite possibly the most inspirational figure to spring forth from the pages of literature.
Though it is annually listed by literature scholars as one of the 100 finest works of fiction, today primarily adolescents read Defoe's enduring tale as part of their required reading for school; very few others rarely bother with this nearly three century old tale. 'Robinson Crusoe' it seems is a classic awaiting a renaissance of rediscovery by adults who regularly read for either leisure or as a part of continuing education. While the novel's approach to morality may seem a bit old fashioned by today's contemporary standards, the character's awakening to wisdom, inner strength and faith will inspire any reader of any age.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival by Thinking and Doing May 18, 2000
Format:Paperback
Robinson Crusoe is best taken at two levels, the literal adventure story of survival on an isolated island and as a metaphor for finding one's way through life. I recommend that everyone read the book who is willing to look at both of those levels. If you only want the adventure story, you may not be totally satisfied. The language, circumstances, and attitudes may put you off so that you would prefer to be reading a Western or Space-based adventure story with a more modern perspective.
Few books require anyone to rethink the availability and nature of the fundamentals of life: Water, food, shelter, clothing, and entertainment. Then having become solitary in our own minds as a reader, Defoe adds the extraordinary complication of providing a companion who is totally different from Crusoe. This provides the important opportunity to see Crusoe's civilized limitations compared to Friday's more natural ones. The comparisons will make for thought-provoking reading for those who are able to overcome the stalled thinking that the educated, civilized route is always the best.
One of the things that I specially liked about the book is the Crusoe is an ordinary person in many ways, making lots of mistakes, and having lots of setbacks. Put a modern Superhero (from either the comic books, adventure or spy novels, or the movies) into this situation, and it would all be solved in a few minutes with devices from the heel of one's shoe. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I liked the trial-and-error explorations. They seemed just like everyday life, and made the book's many lessons come home to me in a more fundamental way.
Have a good solitary trip through this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
I like this book because it gave a lot of detail a little bit to much detail but it's really enjoyable and gives you a lot of information I love how it said a lot about God it... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ernest J Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars ... my first book written in Old English it was fun. Appreciated the...
This was my first book written in Old English it was fun. Appreciated the different way of speaking. Showed an inside to life in that century.
Love it.
Published 5 days ago by chris pattichis
3.0 out of 5 stars A classic, but showing its age
Considered a classic tale of survival, Robinson Crusoe is a bit dated, not only in terms of language, but also writing style. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Greg J. Schloesser
5.0 out of 5 stars My review
This is a wonderful account of events.. allowed myself the chance to reevaluate my life and make some changes also!
Published 7 days ago by keepyourpowderdry66@yahoo
5.0 out of 5 stars MY FAVORITE BOOK
This is a novel by the English author Daniel Defoe, published in 1719. It is one of the most popular adventure novels in all literature. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Rosalba Pripps
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book!
One of those "classics" they wanted you to read in HS or college and which you had no interest. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Bob in Richmond
4.0 out of 5 stars Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
What I like most about this was that it wasn't a 21st century author straining to write about an event in the seventeenth century, It was written then by an author who lived in... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Morris E. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book of survival
Robinson Crusoe is a great book and tells how a man with motivation can survive and stay civilized. Great writing, story, and content.
Published 24 days ago by Salvador Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Crusoe
This is an old classic and a very good read. Shows how a person can survive on their own and make their life a utopia no matter where they are. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Sandy
3.0 out of 5 stars Story of survival
this classic book of survival on a desert island wasn't the most impressive of stories for me. it didn't hold my interest for very long, the main character was very arrogant and I... Read more
Published 25 days ago by mICHELLE bACON
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