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Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
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Feb 19, 09

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This was my boyhood favorite.

You have to ignore the fact that the protagonist was a slave trader at first. Just pretend he wasn't.

It is simply a brilliantly entertaining tale, and one that captures the imagination of every young reader of classic literature. I remember spending hours as a young boy re-reading Crusoe's inventories, description of his constructions, and of his survival methods, then falling asleep dreaming of being on a tropical island myself and considering what tools I would want, how I would procure them, how I would use them, what kind of shelter I would construct, how I would go about exploring the island and what natural wonders and austere beauties it would have, et cetera. Being pre-pubescent certainly helped in my romanticization of Crusoe's situation as a man *alone!) on a desert island. It doesn't seem so great now, of course.

Don't read an abridged version, as the adventures before the main one are quite entertaining and provide a good lesson in history as well. Besides, the long descriptions are vital for immersing oneself in the setting.

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