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Robinson Crusoe (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – April 15, 2009
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Grade 3-6-As with any abridged version, the story is spare, but what it loses in prose, it gains in readability. The easy-to-understand text keeps some of the flavor of the original, but in condensing 27 chapters and more than 300 pages of narrative to 50-plus pages with half as many chapters, much of the long-winded description has been eliminated. However, the modernized spelling, added dialogue, shortened expository passages, large type, and emphasis on fast-paced storytelling will make this classic accessible to a younger audience. The story ends abruptly with Robinson Crusoe's return to England. None of the adventures after his arrival in his homeland-the discovery of riches at his Brazilian plantation, Friday's encounter with the bear, or the attack by ravenous wolves on the trek to France-are included. Nevertheless, the bare-bones telling, combined with more than a dozen of Wyeth's lavish oil paintings (which originally graced the 1920 edition), makes this a worthwhile purchase.
Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gr. 4-7. The latest title in the Classic Starts series simplifies Defoe's famous survival adventure story, one of the first novels ever written, reworking the tortuous prose into a relaxed, chatty style ("I felt awful") with short sentences that will be accessible to a grade-school audience. True to the 1719 original, the first-person narrative relates how Crusoe defies his parents, runs away to sea, has various adventures, and survives alone on a desert island until he finds a native man whom Robinson calls Friday. The big difference here is that the two men become friends, pals, and equals. There is not a racist word, nothing about Defoe's "savages." For contrast, to spark classroom discussion, pair this with Timothy Meis' retelling, discussed in Focus: "Survivor" (BKL Mr 1 03), which stays true to the prejudice in the original. Hazel Rochman
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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!
I thought it looked dumb and wouldn't read it. Until that eventful day I ran out of books to read and had no choice but to pick it up.
I couldn't put it down. One of the most memorable books I ever read.
I gave the very same book to my oldest kids in the 5th grade to read. They grudgingly picked it up as well, and they too fell in love with it.
My son is in the 5th grade this year. The copy from my childhood was now falling apart. I searched to find the same one.
Luckily he was excited to read. More so when he heard the history of why we all love it. He also fell in love with it. Loaned it to my nephew in the 5th grade as well, he also loved it.
Thank you to my sweet mom who probably had no clue what she'd start by buying a cheep scholastic book order book.
Truly a classic everyone should read :)
As with the other Penguin Clothbound Classic editions, this too includes introductory material and appendices typical of other Penguin editions.
I hope Penguin continues to release titles in the Clothbound Classics series, and I wish it would release more titles per year in the series.
Those unfamiliar with the original text and context should also be aware that the racism of the times comes through very clearly in Crusoe's thoughts about and treatment of the "natives" he encounters.
Generally I'm a big fan of NOT abridging classic texts and I'm sure there's merit in this well-known classic but I found it hard, slow reading.