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Robinson Crusoe

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  137,344 ratings  ·  3,075 reviews
Who has not dreamed of life on an exotic isle, far away from civilization? Here is the novel which has inspired countless imitations by lesser writers, none of which equal the power and originality of Defoe's famous book. Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is forced to make do with only a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe. He learns how t ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 12th 2001 by Modern Library (first published 1719)
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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 cras ...more
Jason Koivu
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! 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...". It goes on way too long considering the great big nothing that occurs through out. Defoe's a good writer and all, but I don't know, perhaps the climax hadn't been invented yet.

PS: I am learnin
Nov 05, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: castaways everywhere
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
August 1651
Dear Diary,
Woo hoo! Run away to sea at last! Mum and Dad didn't want me to go but honestly, what's the worst that can happen? So far I'm loving life on the ocean wave and have only been a little bit sea sick. Anyway it's Bye bye Hull, hello Honolulu!
Yours, Robinson

January 1653
Dear Diary,
Sorry it's been so long. There was a minor incident with a shipwreck and just when I'd managed to find passage on another boat some pirates turned up and I ended up as a slave. I had to do loads of wor
Andy Madsen
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 mast
I'm surprised and amazed and dismayed by the ex post facto muy-contempo correct-nosity readings below...shouldn't be, I guess, but am.
Gee whillikers, kids, uhm, here's one of the great social and, perhaps even more, spiritual documents of Western Civ, and it's a ripping read that declared ongoing archetypes, and it's getting dissed for...for 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 fi
Spoiler alert...Robinson Crusoe was a total douchebag. If anyone deserved to get stuck on an island for 28 years, it was this guy. His story begins with his dying father pleading with him to stay at home, but the teenage Crusoe won't have it. He wants to be a sailor, he swears that he's meant to be a sailor, he totally loves the sea - even though he's never been on a boat. So, against his family's wishes he runs off to a buddy's ship. And guess what? He hates it. He's sick all the time, the boat ...more
I know, I know... Robinson Crusoe is a book full of cultural relativism and unconscious cruelty. He's an imperialist bastard. I know.

But it is exactly these elements, plus the fact that it is one hell of an adventure story, that made me really like this book. Yes, it is absolutely provoking. But it also thinks deeply on religion, economy, and self. And it's an adventure. So while in some ways, the story/viewpoint/author are extremely distasteful, it is a very satisfying read.
Samir Rawas Sarayji
I'm so happy this nightmare is over! I only trudged through to the end because it's a classic (although why it's canonized is beyond me).

Look at me, yes me, I'm Robinson Crusoe and I'm stuck here on this Island and I'm going to tell you all about it, down to the minutest detail... oh and I'm going to do this more than once and... if that's not good enough, I'm going to tell you how I found Providence - that's right - because there is a reason I survived the sunk ship, so I'm going to thank Prov
Oct 30, 2008 Tamra rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: classic nuts
There can not be many classics WORSE than this book. It might be decently written. And it might be a classic. For that I'll give it 2 stars instead of 1. But it's boring! I really don't know why this is a classic.

But you won't waste much time reading it. It'll take you 3 hours to read it, tops. This isn't really a book but more of a pamphlet.

#1 Create the start of a plot line that sounds very interesting. For instance, a man being marooned on an island and
Alright, well I am going to respond to those who think that the only way you could not enjoy this book is if you are looking back from a privileged 21st century point of view and judging the actions of our less socially conscious ancestors.

I read this book as a part of my 18th century literature class, so I have been reading a lot of novels written around the same time and with a number of the same themes. I have been able to enjoy many of them despite some uncomfortable and shocking moments of
Now and then it's good to go back and read a book written three hundred years or so ago. The mind-shift necessary you need to make to enjoy the book keeps your brain limber, cleans the mental attic of the literary clutter that has accumulated- that a book needs to be fast-paced, that the dialogue needs to be witty and revealing, that long descriptions are boring. So you read a book that doesn't meet any of the standards someone has told you a good book should meet and you still enjoy it because ...more
Five stars for the first 2/3, two stars for the rest.

I thought most of this book was gripping. The early adventures are exciting, and shot through with the dread of ominous prophesy. The infamous long sections on the island where nothing happens and we get detailed logistics of house-building and tool-making... I found these all fascinating. The industriousness and cleverness Crusoe displays as he turns whatever he can to his meager advantage are inspiring-- literally, I was inspired. The religi
There is something inherently absurd about any sort of qualitative evaluation (a la "how many stars do I give this on goodreads?") by a twenty-first century reader of a book like Robinson Crusoe. Published in 1719, it embodies a rather paradoxical identity crisis of being a novel that was written before novels really existed. It doesn't play by the rules -- simply because there were no rules when it was written. There are a lot of unfamiliar things that will put off, or even disgust, the modern ...more
aPriL eVoLvEs (ex-Groot)
This book seems to be transformative in literary history, a protonovel to the idea of a modern novel. It is an adventure story meant to excite the imagination and satisfy the need for a suspenseful plot denouement. But you can't expect a novel written almost 3 centuries ago to follow the genre conventions established today. Stick with it. It's as much an illumination of England during a time when the most of the world was a blank area on maps, which didn't stop these brave ruffians from going ex ...more
Nilo Esquivel
A muchos nos pasa (me incluyo) que a veces, cuando llegamos a un clásico, volteamos los ojos esperando lo más aburrido, ya que nos cuesta despojarnos de la modernidad y leerlos con la mentalidad de la época, pero con este no sucedió, e incluso es uno de los libros que cada cierto tiempo tengo que reponer porque acostumbro tenerlo a la mano la mayor parte del tiempo, y a veces, lo pierdo.
Sin terminar en un naufragio, todos en algún punto de nuestra vida nos hemos encontrado siendo un Robinson Cr
Robin Hobb
This tale was first published in 1719, and was one of the earliest example of a fictionalized account of possibly real events. I recall that the first time I read it, I was fascinated by the very long titles for every chapter, and somewhat put off by the archaic style.

I still highly recommend this book as a glimpse back into the roots of novels, as well as being a great tale.
Egad! You'd think being shipwrecked on a desert island for twenty-plus years would be exciting, but you'd be wrong! Whole years- decades, even- are glossed over in favor of details like "how to make raisins" and "should I keep a pet goat?" Battles are recounted in such pedantic style that they are rendered equally confusing and boring, and Crusoe himself us is so bland and self-absorbed by turns that I didn't care what happened to him!
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I enjoyed the adventure of the novel, the way Crusoe invented things and figured out ways to survive and improve his lot. Reminded me of Gilligan's Island!! Some of the descriptions were a bit wordy, but that was the style of the time. I also enjoyed reading his introspections, and his thoughts about religion and God. As the notes in the back of the Barnes & Noble edition said, no one before Defoe had ever written a novel like that, so Defoe had full rein to explore how someone would react p ...more
This is a classic adventure novel. I can tell because it has a narcissistic narrator who alternates between expounding upon the savagery of lesser humans and the doctrines of the Christian faith. Also there are some tedious action scenes and painstaking descriptions of mundane tasks. But some of it's pretty entertaining.
This book ought to be in the curriculum for atheism studies AND at seminary schools. Crusoe is an exemplary model of a supplicant, but seen from a freethinking perspective, he's clearly just an ass.

The layers of coeval to post-modern meaning should be enough to make this at least a 3-star rating, and I'd certainly give it that if not for the wretched ending.

A thing called wanhope was once considered the greatest sin of all. It's the absence of hope, the belief that you are beyond redemption or g
David X
I read the book, Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe. It talks about an English youth who gets shipwrecked on an island off the coast of South America. At first he is clinging onto his very survival but pretty soon he rescues supplies from the ship, which is unusable but mostly intact and starts a living. He lives in a cave but in a few years, makes a hut in the beautiful forest on the other side where there is lots of edible harmless plants and animals. After over two decades he rescues a prisoner ...more
I've read some awful books this year (and wonderful as well!), and this is definitely on the shortlist of Worst Books Ever Read. Amanda had warned me I wasn't going to like it, friends who saw I was reading it pleaded Why?! and I knew it was coming-- but guh. Culturally insensitive religious propaganda that rarely, if ever, verges on being a well-written adventure story. While I understand that this was perhaps the 'way things were' back in Defoe's time, and that as one of the first 'novels' it ...more
This seems to be the quintessential Idiot Ball story, where the only thing working against the protagonist is his own constant short-sightedness, if not head-slapping stupidity. This can be amusing enough, but Defoe constantly ignores promising plot-hooks in order to pursue Crusoe's thick-headedness undisturbed.

You'd think a survival scenario would provide a wealth of hardship, but, despite his constant panics, Crusoe has a rather easy time of it. Even more than this, every other character in th
'It happen'd one Day about Noon going towards my Boat, I was exceeding surpriz'd with the Print of a Man's naked Foot on the Shore, which was very plain to be seen in the Sand: I stood like one Thunder-struck ...'

Robinson Crusoe is one of the most famous adventure stories ever written. The account of a sailor shipwrecked on a desert island for twenty-eight years, it is also a tale of mythic proportions, an allegory, and a spiritual autobiography. I remember being fascinated with the industrious
Cole Gregory
Mar 29, 2008 Cole Gregory rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Cole by: mom
Shelves: literature
An adventurous, action-packed novel about a young man and the rest of the crew having no choice but to abandon a ship during a brutal storm. Only one man survives. His name is Robinson Crusoe. Struggling to survive he has to make a shelter, and scavenge everything he can from the torn up ship. Luckily, the island that he landed on had not only food but also fresh water. As he had to make everything from scratch, he found that he was an exceptional craftsman when he was making things for his hut. ...more
With my resolution to read more classics in the back of my mind, I decided to start Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. The idea of stranding on a deserted island alone and then needing to find out how to survive, really sounded interesting to me. Even though I regretted starting this book in the first few pages, it soon got to me and I finished it within two weeks.

'I walk'd about on the shore, lifting up my hands, and my whole being, as I may say, wrapt up in the contemplation of my deliverance ..
The first English novel? Maybe
Worth the effort? Maybe

This was a comparatively easy read, considering it was written almost 300 years ago. It started slowly, but once I got past the first 25 pages it whizzed along at a better pace, then hit a somewhat strange and hurried ending.

This book was moralising, racist, misogynistic and repetitive...but all to be expected from 1719 literature.

If you want a summary of what happens, beyond that a man gets shipwrecked for 27 years, here it is -

Man should l
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I liked this book. It was a little hard to read at first since it was written in the 1700's but I quickly got used to it. This book contains a lot of philosophy. It contained a lot of thoughts about God and his perceived interaction with his children, especially how he treats those that offend him. There is also an underlying theme that keeps coming back that we should be thankful for what we have because our situations could be worse. Another theme the book deals with is that we don't need much ...more

تحدث مالك بن نبي في كتابه مشكلة الأفكار في العالم الإسلامي عن هذه الرواية مقارنا إياها بحي بن يقظان ومقارنا" بين التعامل مع عالم الأشياء و التعامل مع عالم الأفكار .سنحت الفرصة لي أخيرا" للإطلاع عليها ولكن للأسف من خلال نسخة مختصرة, وهذا يعني تسرسب تفاصيل من الصورة و العديد من الأفكار مع المحذوف منها .
على كلٍ روبنسون كروزو بريطاني وجد نفسه وحيدا على إحدى الجزر النائية يصارع للبقاء , بعد تحطم سفينته وغرق ركابها , فقد كان في رحلة لجلب العبيد من أفريقيا للعمل في مزرعته . ما يلفت عبر الرواية هو عقلية
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Daniel Defoe (1659/1661 [?] - 1731) was an English writer, journalist, and spy, who gained enduring fame for his novel Robinson Crusoe. Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest practitioners of the novel and helped popularize the genre in Britain. In some texts he is even referred to as one of the founders, if not the founder, of the English novel. A prolific and versatile writer, he wrote m ...more
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