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Robinson Crusoe Illustrated and Unabridged Paperback – Illustrated, Unabridged
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About the Author
Daniel Defoe (1659-1731), born Daniel Foe, was an English writer, journalist, and pamphleteer, who gained enduring fame for his novel Robinson Crusoe. Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest proponents of the novel, as he helped to popularise the form in Britain, and is even referred to by some as one of the founders of the English novel. A prolific and versatile writer, he wrote more than five hundred books, pamphlets, and journals on various topics (including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology and the supernatural). He was also a pioneer of economic journalism.
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The first half of the book is a classic (the classic) shipwreck survival tale and very clear in its parallel of the castaway's physical survival alone to everyone's spiritual survival in the privacy of their relationship to mortality. A worthy companion to Milton or to Pilgrim's Progress, both of which it echoes in a lot of ways.
The second half is a straight up 18th century adventure novel, which is quite fun. The attitudes towards servitude cross over, even for the time (I think), into pure fantasy. Easy to see why it was so popular for so long.
As for the book, one cannot expect the writing style or narrative to match that of current day since it was written 300 years ago, I did enjoy the usage of certain words in the book, which are now considered archaic. That said, I found the story to be tedious, repetitive and overtly religious. While it probably helped sales of the book in England, I did not like the overly superior manner in which the English way of life is portrayed in the book. All other peoples and they way they live are deemed are inferior.
Daniel Dafoe must have consumed the entire world's supply of commas for 10 or 20 years in writing this book. Nearly every sentence seems to contain a comma and many have multiple commas.
I think that Daniel Defoe did a great job at this book. I found some reviews about Robinson Crusoe from some other books that said it was incredibly boring and hard to finish. I did not find this the case at all! There was one portion of the book that seemed a little redundant, but I definitely never wanted to quit reading it.
If you want to read this book, give yourself a little time. I had to read a Daniel Defoe book for school, and I chose this one. It is a good book, but it could be a little difficult to read just because it was written in a different time period. I wouldn't really suggest this book if you don't have a little time. For me, this was not one of those read-in-a-few-hours books (and I LOVE to read!!!).
Overall, this was a great book that spurs the imagination and keeps the reader interested!
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When you hear about such a classic your whole life and have ideas of what it is about, but no actual idea of the whole book, it gets you to the point to finally...Read more