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Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published on 25 April 1719. The first edition credited the work's protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents.

Epistolary, confessional, and didactic in form, the book is presented as an autobiography of the title character (whose
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Hardcover, Great Illustrated Classics, 233 pages
Published 1992 by Baronet Books (first published April 25th 1719)
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Jonathan At one point (30-35% in) Crusoe tells the reader how he is running low on ink, and so he decides to write only the important stuff. I was very happy t…moreAt one point (30-35% in) Crusoe tells the reader how he is running low on ink, and so he decides to write only the important stuff. I was very happy to hear this...

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Paul Of Sit back, relax and savor the read! If you can't do that then you Will be bored. The book, however, is NOT boring. It just may not be up to your "flow…moreSit back, relax and savor the read! If you can't do that then you Will be bored. The book, however, is NOT boring. It just may not be up to your "flow fast enough" expectations.
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Andy Madsen
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Melissa
May 20, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that really serves to remind a modern audience of why we should kill [censored to protect sensitive Republican ears]. 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 thi ...more
Jason Koivu
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..." ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
(Book 987 From 1001 books) - Robinson Crusoe = The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published on 25 April 1719.

The first edition credited the work's protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person, and the book a travelogue of true incidents.

Epistolary, confessional, and didactic in form, the book is presented as an autobiography of the title character (whose birth name was Robinson Kreu
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Mario the lone bookwolf
A religious, racist, white supremacy, sexist bigot driveling about how great he is while playing Robinson Crusoe

One of the most degenerated, misguided POVs I´ve ever read
That´s more of a narcissistic, egomaniac, even kind of sociopathic, persons´ diary than a novel, and it´s filled with the unreflected, racist, extremely faith-focused, arrogant thoughts of an author who has the amazing gift to write both unilateral and boring.

Compare it with the real stuff from centuries ago and see even more ho
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emma
I know we shouldn't judge the books of yore by today's standards but...I am being tested.

This doesn't just have the bigotry from days past, although yes oh man it has that. We're talking giving native people new names (colonizing even the idea of a first name!), acquiring slaves with the same ease and casualness as I place daily orders on food-delivery apps, racism in every other sentence. We're following a MISSIONARY here, for god's sake.

But not only that: this is the slowest plot of all time.

I
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Shovelmonkey1
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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Henry Avila
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a novel Robinson Crusoe is not the easiest to read, three hundred years separate us, their world and ours will never connect too much has passed for that, however we are the same species with faults and all human.The well known story shows survival is the ultimate prize for the vast majority of creatures called people of the Earth. A lone and lonely man shipwrecked by an intense storm in a hostile foreign environment, far away from his own land in fearful existence as any normal being would b ...more
Molly
Feb 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Leonard Gaya
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Around the year 1704, Alexander Selkirk, a 28 years old Scottish privateer was marooned, at his request, on a desert island off the coast of Chile. He managed to survive there for about five years until he was rescued and brought back to England. The young man died a few years later on a voyage to Africa, but his story as a castaway became a legend. At the time of Selkirk’s death, Daniel Defoe, an English businessman and journalist, had just published a book inspired by his adventure, taking som ...more
Monsieurboule
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Vit Babenco
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robinson Crusoe was the first book I had read by myself – I was absolutely entranced, I had no smallest idea that books could be so hypnotizing. Strange may it seem but most of all I enjoyed reading the lists of the items Robinson was salvaging from the wrecked ship.
“My next care was for some ammunition and arms. There were two very good fowling-pieces in the great cabin, and two pistols. These I secured first, with some powder-horns and a small bag of shot, and two old rusty swords. I knew ther
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Duane
Many consider this the first English novel. It was published in 1719, and the setting was around 1650. But the amazing thing about this novel is that it's timeless. Being stranded on a deserted island would be much the same today as it was 350 years ago. It's a great tale though, one I grew up with, along with Treasure Island and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The 18th century writing style is a negative for most kids today I would think. ...more
Lyn
Apr 10, 2013 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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Samir Rawas Sarayji
Mar 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, uk-lit
I'm so happy this nightmare is over! I only trudged through to the end because it's a classic.

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 Providence over and over and over and, just whe
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Sarah
Sep 26, 2011 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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Emily May
2 1/2 stars. There are two main ways I could view Robinson Crusoe - firstly, as a reader who reads for enjoyment and entertainment, and secondly, as someone offering a more critical analysis of historical attitudes. To be honest, though, the book doesn't fare too well under either microscope.

As a novel for enjoyment, it's about the titular character being shipwrecked on an island many believe to be based on Tobago, near Trinidad. There's a whole lot of survival skills going on (but a modern read
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Blaine
Those people cannot enjoy comfortably what God has given them because they see and covet what He has not given them. All of our discontents for what we want appear to me to spring from want of thankfulness for what we have.
Robinson Crusoe is, of course, a classic novel written 300 years ago. It is surprisingly inventive, with such detail about trying to survive after being shipwrecked on a deserted island that one would expect the author had survived such a situation. And it may be the first boo
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Francisco
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tom Quinn
Step right up folks and see the English-speaking world's first published novel! Nevermind that it's a bit crap and a bunch racist, it was first!

Mostly read these days as a historical oddity, if nothing else Robinson Crusoe is a reminder of how far we've come, writing-wise, as a culture. I'd give it 2 stars, maybe 2 and a half on a generous day.

This is a good tool for building discipline and patience, because if you can sit still a while and follow along R.C. will just out of nowhere hit you wit
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Kristen
Sep 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Jessaka
Jul 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE TWO CRUSOES


“I want to be a sailor sailing out to sea.
I want to be a bandit
don't you understand it?" ~~Sinbad the Sailor


***Will contain spoilers. I suggest reading the book first.

What an exciting story that I would give ten stars if I could. I love survival/true adventure/adventure books but prefer them to be non-fiction. So, when the introduction to this book stated that Defoe wished to stay as close to the true story, it felt like this book would be more non-fiction than fiction. Ah, but a
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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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Antonomasia
Oxford World's Classics edition ed. by Thomas Keymer.
I'd always wanted to *have read* the originals of stories like this, that are most famous in children's fairytale abridgements. But apart from Swift's Gulliver's Travels, which I read as a teenager because there was a yellowed old paperback in the house, I'd never bothered. I wanted to *have read* them, but didn't think I'd enjoy the reading process. (Gulliver's Travels only confirmed this.)

Robinson Crusoe did have its longueurs, and even most
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Wanda Pedersen
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
Tamra
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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.
aPriL does feral sometimes
This book seems to be a protonovel, a progenitor to the idea of a today's 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.

This novel, an adventure of a type only possible in the 1600s and 1700s, reflects a real historical period of human development. For a book which was exploring the possibili
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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
Chaplain Walle
Jan 18, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I know why this is considdered. It is very well written and a page turner. It concerns a young man who goes out sailing with his mates from Englan, and becomes ship wrecked and alone on an island off the coast off South America. The book goes in to depth on how he survives, how he meets a friend, and how he eventually escapes.
I highly recommend this book.
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Daniel Defoe (1659/1661 [?] - 1731) was an English writer, journalist, and spy, who gained enduring fame for his novel The life and strange surprizing adventures of Robinson Crusoe: of York, mariner (1719). 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 fou ...more

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