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This classic story of a shipwrecked mariner on a deserted island is perhaps the greatest adventure in all of English literature. Fleeing from pirates, Robinson Crusoe is swept ashore in a storm possessing only a knife, a box of tobacco, a pipe-and the will to survive. His is the saga of a man alone: a man who overcomes self-pity and despair to reconstruct his life; who pai ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published May 5th 1992 by Wordsworth Editions (first published April 25th 1719)
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Jonathan Roberts 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…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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Cam The racism in the story is a contemporary issue, not a narrative. Slavery was prevalent during the time period, and is present in the story, though…moreThe racism in the story is a contemporary issue, not a narrative. Slavery was prevalent during the time period, and is present in the story, though not necessarily based on race. Native Islanders are sometimes referred to as "savages".(less)

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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 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 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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Jason Koivu
Nov 22, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, food
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...." 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!
Shovelmonkey1
Nov 05, 2011 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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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.
Fernando
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"El mundo se me aparecía como algo remoto, que en nada me concernía y del que nada debía esperar o desear. En una palabra, me hallaba del todo aislado… me habitué a considerarlo en la forma en que acaso lo hacemos cuando ya no estamos en él… y bien podía decir como el patriarca Abraham al hombre rico: “Entre tú y yo hay un abismo."

Si hay algo que tengo que reconocerle a “Robinson Crusoe” es que según mi opinión dista mucho de considerarse como un libro de literatura juvenil, más allá de las cons
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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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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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Nayra.Hassan
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, biography
لقد نجا..و لكن يا لها من نجاة مخيفة..فبعد ان ثار الأزرق الغدار..و ألقى بسفينته محطمة فوق الرمال. .
يغرق الجميع. .عداه..🌊
ليبقى روبينسون كروزو وحيدا..ليس لديه ما يأكله او يشربه..بلا سلاح. .بلا مهارات..ضعيفا ابله..لن يفيده حديثه الفاتن. .و لا ذكاؤه الاجتماعي..
.هكذا القى دانيال ديفو ببطله بدون شفقة او رحمة..لتبدأ أشهر مغامرة فرديه أدبية ..و لكن هل كان روبينسون او "سكليريك "البطل الأصلي يستحق الرحمة؟
في رأيي. .لا !! بل كان يستحق أكثر من 28عام من الوحدة القاسية..
فهو كان من هؤلاء ممن ينثرون الألم و وجع ا
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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
Ahmad Sharabiani
987. Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
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 is Robinson Kreutznaer)—a casta
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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
Samir Rawas Sarayji
Mar 22, 2013 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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Vit Babenco
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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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 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.
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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Foad
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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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
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
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.
Tamra
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Jason
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Nelson Zagalo
Mais do que um clássico, é parte do imaginário cultural ocidental, não existindo quem não conheça a história, de tanto ser reproduzida e recontada nas mais variadas formas. É o primeiro romance realista, lançado em 1719, escrito por um jornalista que baseado em casos reais, de pessoas perdidas em ilhas do Pacífico, resolveu ficcionar uma história escrita. Apesar de toda a sua relevância, sobreviveu mal ao tempo sendo hoje um livro que, apesar de clássico, serve melhor o público infantil.

As minha
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David Sarkies
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 where I have 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
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Evi *
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi è piaciuto il libro e mi è piaciuto il personaggio Robinson Crusoe: un uomo pratico dalle mille risorse che si sa arrangiare, togliere d’impiccio, non si piange addosso riesce a ricrearsi un mondo senza avere niente, sfruttando il poco che possiede, le sue giornate sono piene di avvenimenti, di tentativi riusciti o meno di migliorare la sua condizione e quando abbandona l’isola lascia dietro di sé un mondo: una casa, confortevole e ben protetta, quasi una fattoria, terra coltivata, provviste. ...more
Özgür
Tarihi değeri edebi değerinden önde giden bir kitap. Bir macera romanı olsa da içeriğinin şu andaki genel değer yargılarıyla uyuştuğu söylenemez. O zamanki "modern" dünya vatandaşlarının "vahşi" dünyaya bakış açısını iyi yansıtıyor (belki de bu bakış açısını gerekçelendiriyor).

Robinson yaşadığı maceralar nedeniyle çocukların ilgisini çekebilir, ancak romanın bazı unsurları çok uygun olmadığından çocuklar için sadeleştirilmiş metinleri tercih etmek gerekebilir.
Emily May
May 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2016
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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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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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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