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Robinson Crusoe is one of the most famous literary characters in history, and his story has spawned hundreds of retellings. Inspired by the life of Alexander Selkirk, a sailor who lived for several years on a Pacific island, the novel tells the story of Crusoe's survival after shipwreck on an island, interaction with the mainland's native inhabitants, and eventual rescue. ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 12th 2001 by Modern Library (first published April 25th 1719)
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Melissa
Jun 28, 2007 Melissa rated it did not like it
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
Andy Madsen
Jan 27, 2009 Andy Madsen rated it it was amazing
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
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Jason Koivu
Aug 14, 2013 Jason Koivu rated it did not like it
Shelves: most-hated, fiction, food
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
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Shovelmonkey1
Nov 05, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Monsieurboule
Dec 29, 2008 Monsieurboule rated it it was amazing
Hoo-boy!
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
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Molly
Mar 06, 2013 Molly rated it liked it
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
Lyn
Mar 29, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is hard to estimate the literary (and cultural) impact of Robinson Crusoe.

First published in 1719, this is certainly the benchmark upon which most all castaway stories have been judged since. Though I had to consider that Shakespeare’s The Tempest was published in 1610. No magicians or witches here, and no Calaban lurking in the shadows, this is all about everyman Robin taking care of business on an island that may have been present day Tobago.

Having never read the novel before, I still fel
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Francisco
Jul 20, 2014 Francisco rated it it was amazing
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
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، نویسنده با نبوغ و استعدادِ بسیار، در غالبِ داستان، نشان داده است که زندگی دستجمعی و اجتماع، تا چه اندازه میتواند برایِ انسانها مفید و واجب باشد... انسانها باید به طورِ جمعی زندگی کنند تا بتوانند به حیاتِ خود ادامه دهند
عزیزانم، این داستانِ معروف، در موردِ مردیست به نامِ <رابینسون کروزوئه> که اخلاقِ تندی دارد و انسانِ نا آرامی است... این مردِ خشن به دلیل همین رفتاری که دارد، شغلِ دریانوردی را انتخاب کرده است
اخلاق بد و ایجاد شورش و اغتشاش در کشتی سبب میشود تا ناخدا او را به ج
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Kristen
Sep 09, 2007 Kristen rated it really liked it
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
Jun 10, 2013 Samir Rawas Sarayji rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
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Wanda
There are reasons that some books are considered classics—even after many years, they still have things to say to us. Robinson Crusoe is one of those stories. I first encountered it as a child, in comic book form (anyone else remember Classics Illustrated?) and I remember reading it numerous times and then day dreaming about how I would survive on a desert island. And of course, it is often asked “If you could take only one book (or five, or whatever number) of books with you to entertain you wh ...more
Sarah
Sep 01, 2013 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mahdi
بعضی از کتاب ها، بیشتر به خاطر فضایی که در اون خونده شدن، توی ذهن می مونن. برای من، رابینسون کروزو، قطعاً از این دسته است. بذارید توصیف کنم: ده دوازده سالم بود. پدر بزرگ مادری ام، یه خونه ی قدیمی داشت، توی قزوین که بسیار بسیار زیبا بود و پر بود از گل و گیاه و پیچک و دار و درخت. هم توی حیاطش، هم توی خود خونه، یه گلخونه ی مفصل داشتن.
من رابینسون کوروزو رو توی خونه ی پدربزرگم خوندم (از کتابخونه ی پدربزرگم کش رفتم و خوندم) و توی عوالم بچگی، حیاط پر از درخت پدربزرگم رو، جزیره ی متروکه تصور میکردم که م
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Miquel Reina
Robinson Crusoe is one of literature classics and for me, a reference in the construction of the novel I'm writing (and that I would love to share with all of you very soon). I love the stories of survival, travel and where the sea plays a vital role in the development of the story. Robinson Crusoe is the shipwrecked prototype we all have in our minds and it isn't a coincidence that is the most famous. It's an excellent novel and I recommend it to all those who, like me, love the kind of stories ...more
Jason
Apr 04, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it
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
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mai ahmd
على الرغم من أنني قرأت النسخة العربية المختصرة من هذه الرواية. وشاهدت العديد من الأفلام التي اقتبست من القصة، إلا أن الرواية مازالت مشوقة للغاية ولم أشعر بالملل حتى صفحتها الأخيرة .. كان رائعا إستعادة أحداث رحلة روبنسون كروزو التي استغرقت 28 عاما على جزيرة غير مأهولة ومغامراته مع أكلة لحوم البشر وصداقته مع فرايدي ..لمن يحب قصص المغامرات لن يجد أجمل هذه الرواية الخالدة.
David Sarkies
May 10, 2016 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Stranded in the Tropics
10 May 2016

Well, he I am, sitting at one of my favourite coffee shops on a blustery and wet winter morning in Melbourne having just finished another book of which I have known the story since I was a little boy but having never actually read the book. I'm sure we all know of the story of Robinson Crusoe, who was shipwrecked while out at sea and ended up spending years (about twenty three of them) alone on an island, forced to make do with what he could scavenge from aroun
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Tamra
Oct 30, 2008 Tamra rated it it was ok
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.

HOW TO WRITE YOUR OWN ROBINSON CRUSOE:
#1 Create the start of a plot line that sounds very interesting. For instance, a man being marooned on an island and
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Lindsay
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
Yani
Aug 05, 2016 Yani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-challenge
2016 Reading Challenge: #39 Un libro que tenga lugar en una isla

Admito desde ya que las novelas de aventuras no son lo mío (por eso no leí todavía a Julio Verne, por ejemplo) así que mi calificación se atiene a eso. Soy una lectora poco propensa a elegir el género y leí Robinson Crusoe porque es un clásico ¿Qué encontré? Un libro muy bien escrito, prolijo, al igual que Diario del año de la peste (en donde el narrador parece estar semi dormido). Me entretuvo hasta la mitad y, paradójicamente
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J.G. Keely
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
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aPriL does feral sometimes
Jun 10, 2013 aPriL does feral sometimes rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary
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
Robin Hobb
Jan 29, 2014 Robin Hobb rated it really liked it
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.
James
Mar 14, 2009 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'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
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Jessica
Sep 15, 2010 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: theclassics
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!
Alex
Robinson Crusoe, a suicidal businessman with sociopathic tendencies, obsessively tries to recreate society when he's shipwrecked. He grows increasingly paranoid; by the time he finally reunites with another human, he's murderously insane.
Ahmad Sharabiani
987. Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
رابینسون کروزوئه - دانیل دفو (جامی) ادبیات

The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe (1661 - 1731)
عنوان: رابینسون کروزوئه؛ اثر: دانیل دفوئه، مترجم: محمود مصاحب؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، گلشائی، 1343، در 404 ص، فروست: گلشائی 33، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 19 م

رابینسون کِروزوئه، یا رابینسون کروسو، مشهورترین رمان نویسنده انگلیسی «دانیل دِفو»، نخستین بار در سال 1719 میلادی در انگلستان منتشر شد، کتاب خودزندگینامه منحصربهفرد خیالی ست، که لقب «پدر رمان انگلی
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Elevetha
No.

This was the worst. No, honestly. My everlasting deep hatred for The Old Man and the Sea and The Yearling pales in comparison to my burning hatred for this one. Congrats Defoe.

And there's a sequel?!?

You have got to be kidding me.

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
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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 ...more
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