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Daniel Defoe Relates The Tale Of An English Sailor Marooned On A Desert Island For Nearly Three Decades An Ordinary Man Struggling To Survive In Extraordinary Circumstances, Robinson Crusoe Wrestles With Fate And The Nature Of God This Edition Features Maps Hoo boy I m surprised and amazed and dismayed by the ex post facto muy contempo correct nosity readings belowshouldn t be, I guess, but am.Gee whillikers, kids, uhm, here s one of the great social and, perhaps even , spiritual documents of Western Civ, and it s a ripping read that declared ongoing archetypes, and it s getting dissed forfor being a bit blind to its own time Which of us won t end up wishing for at least that when our tombstone gets knocked over sides which, how many first novelists can say they wrote the actual first novel Hmmm It s really sad that people judge books from the 17th century from their 21st century politically correct perspective You don t have to agree with Defoe s worldview and religious beliefs to like the book I m repulsed by Homer s beliefs but I know his works deserve to be classics.People who think this book is boring probably think hikes through majestic mountains or quiet afternoons in a beautiful garden are boring This book is slow at times But the slowest parts are the best Defoe is a master of detail And the action is much exciting when it comes after the calm A book with only action would be boring to me not to mention corny, e.g Treasure Island This is, hands down, my favorite novel of all time Rich detail, gripping plot, profound character development, insightful meditations, and the meeting of two radically different worlds in Robinson and the cannibals I never stop reading this book When I finish I start again I love Robinson and Friday as if they were a real life father and brother.BTW There is an audio recording by Ron Keith that is spectacular The publisher is Recorded Books. This is one of those books that really serves to remind a modern audience of why we should kill whitey Robinson Crusoe is the story of a young man with atrociously bad luck who, unfortunately for any shipmates he ever has, suffers from an extreme case of wanderlust Every ship he gets onto sinks, but he just keeps getting onto them Even after he s got a nice, successful plantation of his own, he decides he s just GOT to get on ANOTHER ship to get this procure himself some slaves It crashes of course, and he gets stranded alone on an island Not to worry, though he s got a bible, and he successfully becomes a religious zealot while alone with nothing better to do It s too bad that his only book couldn t have been a copy of Don Quixote or something because maybe then he d have become a interesting storyteller But no, like so many people who have terrible luck, he turns to god and starts counting his blessings, or less out of a lack of anything better to do Then, after he s been alone for 24 years, he sees a footprint in the sand, and he totally freaks, and he becomes convinced it must belong to the devil Ummm, ok So I m sitting there thinking, Maybe it s your own footprint But it takes this genius a whole day of scaring himself before he comes up with that explanation Anyway, it turns out not to be his footprint at all, it actually belongs to the savages Carribean Indians who apparently visit the island sometimes in order to cook and eat their prisoners, which, for the record, was not actually a common practice among Indians in the Americas And here s the part where you really hate white people He then saves one of the prisoners from being eaten and makes him into his slave, who he renames Friday, teaches English, and converts to Christianity Friday, instead of kicking this pompous jerk s posterior from here to next Friday after repaying whatever debt he owed Robinson for saving his life, is a faithful slave in every way for the remainder of the book Friday speaks in a pidgin English, which is probably realistic enough for a man who learned English late in life from one solitary individual, but Robinson has an offensive habit of translating easy enough to understand things that Friday says to us, the idiot readers At which he smiled, and said Yes, yes, we always fight the better that is, he meant always get the better in fight Also, during Friday s religious education, he asks Robinson why god doesn t just kill the devil and end evil, and because there is actually no good answer to such a question for a religious person, Robinson simply pretends not to hear him and wanders away What a jack ss Luckily, Robinson Crusoe s religious conversion doesn t last forever As soon as he s back in civilization and making money hand over fist, he pretty much gives it up Speaking of which, what was with the end of this book He gets rescued, he goes home, but there s no emotional payoff, and instead he goes on about his European adventures with Friday We don t care about the wolves and dancing bear We want to know, did you learn anything from your years away Do you feel like you missed out Was anyone happy to see you Did they have a funeral for you while you were missing What did your mother do when she saw you again Robinson Crusoe is a man without any of the human characteristics that make people interesting to read about when they get into difficult situations He has no regrets, no personal longings, and he never reflects on his life before he was on the island during his decades on the island I understand that this is just an adventure novel but people actually still read this tripe and consider it a classic Reading Robinson Crusoe is like reading a grocery list scribbled in the margins of a postcard from Fiji Weather s fine Wish you could be here Need fruit, veg, meat I understand it s an early novel and should be respected as a pioneer of the craft, but dang it, this is the most boring pioneer ever