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Captain Singleton

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  205 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Large format for easy reading. The life, adventures and piracies of a young man, the book portrays the redemptive power of one man's love for another. By the author of Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published November 16th 2005 by Dodo Press (first published 1720)
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Sep 18, 2013 Andi rated it really liked it
Kedves kalandregény, az eleje nekem nem tetszett, de ahogy Afrikába értek, érdekessé vált a dolog. Tetszett ahogy a vadvilágról ír, eléggé különösen ír róla, no de nem egy National Geographic túra ez biológusokkal spékelve.
Valószínűleg ezt gyerekként olvasva az embernek nem tűnik fel, hogy mennyire visszatetsző, ahogy az őslakosokkal bánnak. Számomra azonban kifogásolható volt. Sose értettem meg az európai embernek miért kell rombolnia, gyilkolnia minden áron ahová a lábát beteszi. Ráadásul tin
Mark Nenadov
My least favorite of the four Defoe stories I've read so far. Defoe's fiction is fairly tame as far as fiction goes, but this one is a little too tame for a pirate story and pretty tedious at times. It does have its moments, though. I'd say that the best part by far is near the end with the discussion about life and death between the Captain and the Quaker. But that's rather the exception. I would redirect anyone new to Defoe's fiction to Robinson Crusoe or Roxana or Moll Flanders before this on ...more
A nice edition of what's essentially the text of the first edition, with a sensible introduction and notes. Sadly out of print, as it allows pseudo-intellectuals like me to respectably read in public adventure stories about pirates called Bob.

What’s interesting here is where you have to activate your suspension of disbelief. In most first person novels you have to ignore how some random person can write a good novel. Here, the tone is spot on throughout. It reads exactly like a memoir. What you
Robert Hepple
Nov 23, 2015 Robert Hepple rated it really liked it
Captain Singleton is a novel by Daniel Defoe and was first published in 1720. The full title is ‘The Life, Adventures & Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton’ and it has also been published under the title ‘The Adventures of Captain Singleton’. The earlier, longer title gives you a better idea of what to expect from this novel. The narrative style is first person, and reads more like a journal than a story. The first half of the book is set in an east-west journey across central Africa, w ...more
Jun 21, 2010 Kyle rated it it was ok
Shelves: piracy, fiction
The plot of Daniel Defoe's journalistic pirate novel Captain Singleton is not the floor-to-ceiling mischief that I expected. It's never page after page of rough-and-tumble, bloodthirsty, irresistible mayhem. It's actually rather boring, in that all the literary work (heavy description, detail, focus) goes to the dullest parts of the story: instead of fighting or piratical industry or awesome English naval power, we're treated to the mediocre routines of a bunch of plain-faced nobodies. Singleton ...more
I was surprised how much I liked this book in the end. I haven't read Robinson Crusoe yet, so I can't say if this book meets up with it; I might do so later.

The book tells the story of Bob Singleton, who had been kidnapped as a boy from a good home and grew up with no real home. He came aboard a ship and eventually ended up being cast on an island with other crewmen. They managed to get to Africa and about the first half of the novel deals with the company's travel through Africa until they foun
Michael Meeuwis
May 07, 2013 Michael Meeuwis rated it it was amazing
Richer and more interesting than "The King of Pirates," although still a technocrat's-eye-view of piracy. Includes a fascinating account of an overland journey across Africa; would read well against "Heart of Darkness," as, despite being far from sympathetic towards the African characters, is much more clear-eyed about the same parts of the world that Marlowe encounters. Another interesting addition is William, a Quaker character and the titular pirate's BFF, who acts as a full-blooded pirate--b ...more
Apr 12, 2009 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really considered giving this book a 4/5, but I opted for a 3 just to avoid the all-too-common phenomena of grade inflation (how I made it through college). The story is interesting despite its meandering character, the first part of the book (litterally up until the 50% mark on my kindle) is about his abandonment on and subsequent treck across Africa and the second part is about his adventures as a pirate. By far, the most annoying thing about this book is that it would superficially describe ...more
Adamo Lanna
Nov 19, 2010 Adamo Lanna rated it really liked it
I viaggi del capitano singleton andrebbero seguiti con una bella cartina tipo quelle che si trovano a pagina 3 dei libri fantasy. Questo ragazzo va avanti e dietro dal madagascar alla costa d'avorio al brasile all'oceano indiano. E' un libro d'avventura e un diario, quasi un complemento al Robinson Crusoe. Qui si gira il mondo 100 volte per poi tornare a casa, lì si resta 100 anni nello stesso posto per poi tornare a casa. Alla fine tornano tutti a casa.
A me questo libro è piaciuto perché è cos
Moaaz El
Nov 25, 2015 Moaaz El rated it it was amazing
John Pappas
Defoe seems to be paying more attention to narrative construction in regards to plot trajectories and symmetries, as well as pacing, than in his previous works. Singleton -- rogue, adventurer and pirate -- makes his way across Africa and becomes a successful pirate. Instead of thrilling tales of swashbuckling, we are regaled with the economic and administrative details of piracy. Defoe's pirate is probably a tongue-in-cheek satirical figure meant to criticize the colonial and financial aspiratio ...more
Andre Piucci
Nov 05, 2015 Andre Piucci rated it it was amazing
"Man live as if they were never to die, but so many die before they know how to live."
Jan 22, 2014 Justin rated it liked it
For 300 pages, this was a fairly dull book, with but a few great mind provoking passages, but the last 30 question man with the veracity of Camus, or Dostoyevsky, and that's enough to give it a 3 for me.
Aug 16, 2008 Alastair rated it liked it
Defoe's best gay Quaker pirate novel. Has weird early imperialist leanings & was clearly written from a chair in London. A curiosity, which recommends it to people who like that sort of thing.
May 03, 2011 Megan rated it it was ok
I prefer Defoe's other novels. This one was just painful to get through.
Jun 16, 2009 Jeffrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Interesting, but very poor pacing lead to many lulls in the story.
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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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