Robinson Crusoe Kindle Edition
|Length: 200 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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Our eleven year old liked the ingenuity of Crusoe when he was stranded on the island. She said it made her think of being creative if she were ever stranded somewhere without the proper resources. She disliked the beginning because she felt it was too slow moving. She would recommend this book because it is a good book and you can learn a lot of stuff, specifically if you feel like you are at an end, keep trying because you can always find a way.
As the mom, I am thankful the book kept both girls engaged. We had many points for discussion throughout the entire book. I would recommend all families with children in middle school and above to read this book aloud as a family. I look forward to reading it again when our younger two are older. (I can't say that about all of the books we read aloud.)
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.
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