Robinson Crusoe is among the first novels written in English. Thanks to its extraordinary realism and drama, it is easily the longest-enduring work of popular fiction in the language. The story, probably based on the Pacific-island ordeal of ...
castaway Alexander Selkirk, was presented by Daniel Defoe as a true account, and is utterly convincing in its topography, action, and character, even three hundred years after its first publication. Robinson Crusoe is a true page-turner: Dr. Samuel Johnson said it was one of only three books he had read that would have been better for being longer.
Robinson Crusoe is in every sense of the word, a classic.
As a tale, it has inspired and influenced western culture to the point of cliché: the survivor on the tropical island has been played out in dozens of formats from Lost to Gilligan’s Island; it echoes in the airwaves as every week we tune into
..." Desert Island Discs and even the nonsense of I’m a Celebrity … conjures up similar sensations of alienation that our hero experiences as people are plucked from their established ‘normality’ and transposed to the dangers of the tropical, the unknown and ‘the other’. So as a concept it has survived – but how did the original, well-known story, stack up and what did I get out of it?
Well this particular reader loved it...
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It's the story of Robinson Crusoe, a young man that would like to travel in the sea and that wants to get a better social position with his own ability and strenght, and not because he is the son of a merchant. His shipwreck is a tragedy, because he
..." remains for many years in a desert island, where there is nothing similar to his society, so he builds all that he needs: a house, he plants something to eat and learns with the time to use his ability for create what is useful for the all day life. While he tries to accept his situation, he reads the Bible, so this book is as full of adventures and description as of spirituality and religious faith. So, Robinson starts to think that all the good events that happened to him are thanks to God's providence. When he became Friday's friend and tries to teach him his way to live, we can read the will to create a society similar to English one. This is a very beatiful book, where there are a lot of values and thanks to Robinson's misfortune, we can live an adventure. At the end he became rich thanks to his plantations.Continua...Nascondi
Engaging story. The narrative itself stirs all kind of colonial, managerial, and adventurous dreams. Crusoe's reflections on repentance and salvation are profound and make this book a must read. Though the reflections are on fictional events, it
..." still builds faith because the reflections on Providence are so true. The book also produces a sense of contentment with the provision and station in which God has placed us.Continua...Nascondi
A good re-read of a book I'd read probably 20 years ago. I didn't remember that he'd been on the island by himself as long as he had. It was interesting to read how he adapted himself to the conditions he found himself in and made the most of it
..." without complaining. The last time I read this book I thought I remember reading Friday having him try eating a piece of man like the cannibals did, but maybe I was mistaken because it wasn't in this version I read.Continua...Nascondi
Bel libro! Non l'avevo ancora letto perchè lo identificavo con il film visto da bambino. Devo dire che è ricco di riflessioni sulla natura umana, sul rapporto tra l'uomo e Dio, valide oggi come tre secoli fa. Da leggere riflettendo!