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Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
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Feb 25, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: shipwreck
Read in February, 2010

** spoiler alert ** After 25 years he has a dream in which he rescued a savage from the other cannibals then awakes, now obsessed with finding himself a savage that can serve him as pilot in his long plot to escape the island. He waits for a year and a half before it finally happens - cannibals arrive on the beach by canoe, one of the prisoners makes good his escape, and rob kills the prisoner's pursuers with his magic boom stick. By another sort of magic he makes an effort to distinguish the events that follow from the sequence of his dream so that it does not occur exactly the same way. The savage that he saved swears to be his slave forever. Rob names him "Friday" and teaches him to call him "master" and how to work and be useful. Even after all these years of isolation, at first he hides in his fortress at night for fear that he will be eaten by Friday. he decides now to teach Friday about religion, and points out where heaven is in the sky. Where will this weird story go next? Stories of terrifying isolation are strangely alluring to me. What is the difference between waking and dreaming when no one else is there to witness the weirdest phenomena of the universe?

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