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Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
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Robinson Crusoe is perhaps the most famous castaway of all time. Whilst many of us have not read Defoe’s iconic book, Robinson Crusoe is a character that is familiar to us all. Aided by the hundreds of movies and theatre productions that the book spurned, Crusoe is a household name. Credited with being the first "real fiction" book, this fictional autobiography tells the tale of a young man who found himself shipwrecked on a remote island for 28 years. The story is said to be based on the dramatic life of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived alone for four years on a Pacific island.

With a recent trend in reality TV shows based on survival and being "castaway", everybody has ideas on how they would cope alone in the wild. So, why read this novel if we think we know best? The truth is, Defoe’s portrayal of the trials and tribulations of Crusoe give raw insight into the reality and loneliness of having no companionship and no hope. Described by Samuel T. Coleridge as "The Universal Man", there is certainly lots to admire, whether you like the character or not. Many imitations have been written over the years but nothing grabs the reader quite as much as Defoe’s tales of solitude and desperation.

The book has a simple narrative and at times is overly descriptive but is always engaging. Adventure fans will love the jam packed action, where we see Crusoe taming animals, hunting, venturing into cannibalism plus the odd pirate or two. The modern reader is likely to struggle with some of the moral issues that the book brings to the surface, with dubious views on slavery and strong religious overtones but don’t let this put you off. The book is a classic for a reason, it provokes deep emotion whether that be negative or positive.


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - July 25, 2014
Subject: Robinson Crusoe
Good book whilst at time being a little over wordy. Daniel Defoe lived in a different time & need to keep this in mind throughout. Fantastic reader - thank you so much
June 11, 2014
Being a book from its time, it has a lot of the classic attitude of it. It has continuous religious ramblings that go on and on. If you can bear to go through it the book is ok. If you can also bare the very cold nature towards animals- like drowning cats and killing bears for fun; and a bit emotionless with the details of the child being eaten and people being sold as slaves. Other than that it does keep you engages with how Robinson lived on the island. It is worth reading as a classic, but not something I would recommend for fun. Reader had a great voice and did a fantastic job.
December 2, 2013
Great book and a good reader.
Reviewer: - November 20, 2013
Subject: Review
Wonderful narration! This book is long and very detailed. If you stick with it you will NOT be disappointed. I highly recommend this book.
Reviewer: - November 1, 2013
Subject: fantastic
Enjoyable book. Fantastic reader.
Reviewer: - October 6, 2013
Great book! Nice reading and clean voice.
Reviewer: - October 2, 2013
Subject: Robinson Crusoe
Good listen. Good book. Good voice for reading. Enjoyed. Thanks.
Reviewer: - September 26, 2013
Subject: Reading
This is a intreasting book.
Reviewer: - September 25, 2013
Clean voice. Nice Read.
September 6, 2013
Nice audio book; clean voice.


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