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- Paperback : 394 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1977943972
- Product dimensions : 7 x 0.89 x 10 inches
- Item Weight : 1.87 pounds
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 4, 2017)
- Language: : English
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- #140,022 in Classic Literature & Fiction
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This kindle (ASIN #B0084BJ6WK) contains both titles, and a Preface, even tho that is not indicated by the title.
The original book is usually just called "Robinson Crusoe", but sometimes is called "The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" (which is a shortening of the insanely much longer original title "The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates" - see wiki, there's a picture of the first edition.
The first sequel is usually called "The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe", but was originally called "The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe".
Anyway, this edition (ASIN #B0084BJ6WK) contains both books, and an Introduction, or Preface, by someone who signs it "G.D.", but I don't know who that person is. It also has subtle edits and changes. I tracked this kindle along with another kindle, and an audiobook, and a hardcover copy. They were all slightly different. But one big noticeable difference was in accounting of the number in an army at one point in the first book - turns out Defoe himself screwed that up and got it all muddled, and tried (but failed) to fix it via edits for later editions. He just muddled it more by his edits, which is pretty funny. Some of the number are counted both as dead, and as alive, and some just disappear, as tho they'd never been there at all, except they were, because he didn't edit them out ;-).
A more interesting difference was the elimination of an internal debate he had with himself near the very end of the book, regarding whether or not he could live fully embracing the Roman Catholic religion, with all that means with regard to the contemporary-to-the-story Spanish Inquisition.
All of the editions I read/tracked had different chapter breaks, as well as word choices and substitutions. Makes me wonder what was original! I certainly don't know. I suspect there are as many variations as there are editions.
In any event, all that doesn't detract from the story. It's highly readable, and very enjoyable. The first book more so than the sequel. I recommend everyone should read it, it's a fun read!
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.
Let me just say that Robinson Crusoe is simply a great read. Do you need a story for the beach? This is it. Do you need a subject for you doctoral dissertation? This could also be it.
Everyone should find something of interest in this adventure story. I strongly recommend it.
AS FOR THE ACTUAL STORY, it's awful! What was Daniel Defoe thinking? First novel? Yeah, we can tell, buddy! You just have a 26-year-old white dude stranded on an island for ... a long time, and it's just 150-ish straight pages of us reading how he tames goats and figures out how to grow grapes. Whoop-de-friggin-do! Don't bother. Read "The Female American" instead. It's got its own problems, but it's a heck of a step up from this. My coworker Taylor recommended this to me, and now I know why everyone hates her.
I'm barely making it thru the pandemic!!
But I liked the book. A good read....whether you're in 7th grade or 70 years old.
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Fast forward sixty years and I thought I should give it another try. I now find it very readable, interesting and even enjoyable. So never say never! The version I bought is from the hard cover, Collectors' Library edition. These books are a handy pocket size and smart looking with gilt edged pages, a page saver ribbon, and a durable spine. On the down side, the print is necessarily small and some may have difficulty with this size font. Maybe a touch expensive at £8.99, when you can get a paperback copy for £2.00 or less, but okay if you intend to keep it.
Imagine audio documenting all the happenstance of your average day - swept carpet, washed dishes, went to toilet, etc, etc.
And repeating that for chapter after chapter after chapter after chapter ....
Occasionally adding in a reading from a Jehovah's Witness pamphlet that had come through the door.
That would be equivalent to much of what this offering comprises.
And Tom Casaletto may well be an estimable voice actor in his own milieu, but as a purveyor of an "English" accent and style of reading he is toe-curling.
According to Colin Wilson (in A Criminal History of Mankind) Defoe based the story on the adventures of a Scottish pirate named Alexander Selkirk who, following a quarrel with his pirate captain, asked to be marooned on what was then, one of the uninhabited islands of the Juan Fernandez group about 600 km off the coast of Chile in the South Pacific. After five years Selkirk return to England and became an overnight `celebrity' and Defoe (who began life, in 1660, as Daniel Foe) went to see him in Bristol in 1713 and probably paid for his written reminiscences. The interesting point to note is that Defoe was an agent provocateur and spy, a kind of forerunner to those more recently employed by MI5, and built up a network of spies as well as spending time `inside' and in the pillory!
Why it's interesting, at least to this reader, is that this seems to indicate a certain type of person; i.e. not particularly pious, unlike his fictional creation Robinson Crusoe, who, during his long solitary sojourn on his fictional island, develops, possibly, quite understandably under the circumstances, a distinct religious sensibility and frequently and at length thanks God for providing for him so bounteously. Crusoe reflects on this many times during the book and this is just one example of a degree of repetition that a good editor would surely have remedied.
Nevertheless, this book is a classic for a good reason and provides hours of enjoyment for the patient reader in addition to a great deal of food for thought!