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Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
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Aug 13, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009, 2009-audio-books, source-library, genre-classic
Read in September, 2009

So, i need to start with a disclaimer - yes this book was published in 1719 and it has all kinds of attitudes and prejudices considered awful in the modern world. That said it still has valuable lessons and is still a worthwhile read.

Crusoe's spiritual journey was an intriguing part of the story for me. His transformation from ungrateful youth to content adult was a fabulous addition to the plot for me. I've heard all my life that this is an adventure story, but i would place it right up with Siddhartha for a spiritual journey too.

Listening to this book reminded me that we often have notions of the classics based on what modern authors/screenwriters/critics have done with them. Every time i've read a classic i've found that the actual book is far superior to the "adaptations" I've been exposed to.

Defoe is widely considered the father of the modern novel and after reading Robinson Crusoe it's easy to understand why.

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