- File Size: 1419 KB
- Print Length: 377 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: B003QTDH3E
- Publisher: OUP Oxford (March 8, 2007)
- Publication Date: March 8, 2007
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000SEGNV8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Robinson Crusoe (Oxford World's Classics) Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great novel. Engaging in every way. Exactly how an adventure story should be written. The critical essays in the back were also insightful.Published 6 days ago by Jeph
Robinson Crusoe is set in the late 1600s, being published in 1719. It is a book about much more
than adventures on a deserted island. Read more
very pleased with this product that is nearly new and was shipped promptly and was was well packed so thanksPublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This historic English novel is definitely worth a close read if only for its place in the English Cannon. Read morePublished 20 days ago by jamesinger
great survivor story but too much proselytizing about how great Christianity is and how sorry every other religion is.Published 25 days ago by Douglas M Day
I had never read Defoe's novel until recently. I found it surprisingly well written (very readable to this 21st century reader) and engaging. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. Morbius
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