Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

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Robinson Crusoe is perhaps the most famous castaway of all time. Whilst many of us have not read Defoe’s iconic book, Robinson Crusoe is a character that is familiar to us all. Aided by the hundreds of movies and theatre productions that the book spurned, Crusoe is a household name. Credited with being the first "real fiction" book, this fictional autobiography tells the tale of a young man who found himself shipwrecked on a remote island for 28 years. The story is said to be based on the dramatic life of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived alone for four years on a Pacific island. With a recent trend in reality TV shows based on survival and being "castaway", everybody has ideas on how they would cope alone in the wild. So, why read this novel if we think we know best? The truth is, Defoe’s portrayal of the trials and tribulations of Crusoe give raw insight into the reality and loneliness of having no companionship and no hope. Described by Samuel T. Coleridge as "The Universal Man", there is certainly lots to admire, whether you like the character or not. Many imitations have been written over the years but nothing grabs the reader quite as much as Defoe’s tales of solitude and desperation. The book has a simple narrative and at times is overly descriptive but is always engaging. Adventure fans will love the jam packed action, where we see Crusoe taming animals, hunting, venturing into cannibalism plus the odd pirate or two. The modern reader is likely to struggle with some of the moral issues that the book brings to the surface, with dubious views on slavery and strong religious overtones but don’t let this put you off. The book is a classic for a reason, it provokes deep emotion whether that be negative or positive.
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Robinson Crusoe is perhaps the most famous castaway of all time. Whilst many of us have not read Defoe’s iconic book, Robinson Crusoe is a character that is familiar to us all. Aided by the hundreds of movies and theatre productions that the book spurned, Crusoe is a household name. Credited with being the first "real fiction" book, this fictional autobiography tells the tale of a young man who found himself shipwrecked on a remote island for 28 years. The story is said to be based on the dramatic life of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived alone for four years on a Pacific island. With a recent trend in reality TV shows based on survival and being "castaway", everybody has ideas on how they would cope alone in the wild. So, why read this novel if we think we know best? The truth is, Defoe’s portrayal of the trials and tribulations of Crusoe give raw insight into the reality and loneliness of having no companionship and no hope. Described by Samuel T. Coleridge as "The Universal Man", there is certainly lots to admire, whether you like the character or not. Many imitations have been written over the years but nothing grabs the reader quite as much as Defoe’s tales of solitude and desperation. The book has a simple narrative and at times is overly descriptive but is always engaging. Adventure fans will love the jam packed action, where we see Crusoe taming animals, hunting, venturing into cannibalism plus the odd pirate or two. The modern reader is likely to struggle with some of the moral issues that the book brings to the surface, with dubious views on slavery and strong religious overtones but don’t let this put you off. The book is a classic for a reason, it provokes deep emotion whether that be negative or positive.
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Chapter 1: Start in Life

12 Feb 2021 | 31 mins 15 secs

Chapter 1: Start in ...

12 Feb 2021 | 31 mins 15 secs

Chapter 2: Slavery & Esca...

11 Feb 2021 | 28 mins 44 secs

Chapter 2: Slavery &...

11 Feb 2021 | 28 mins 44 secs

Chapter 3a: Wrecked On a ...

10 Feb 2021 | 22 mins 05 secs

Chapter 3a: Wrecked ...

10 Feb 2021 | 22 mins 05 secs

Chapter 3b, Part 2

09 Feb 2021 | 21 mins 02 secs

Chapter 3b, Part 2

09 Feb 2021 | 21 mins 02 secs

Chapter 4a: First Weeks O...

08 Feb 2021 | 19 mins 57 secs

Chapter 4a: First We...

08 Feb 2021 | 19 mins 57 secs

Chapter 4b, Part 2

07 Feb 2021 | 30 mins 27 secs

Chapter 4b, Part 2

07 Feb 2021 | 30 mins 27 secs

Chapter 5: Builds a House...

06 Feb 2021 | 31 mins 12 secs

Chapter 5: Builds a ...

06 Feb 2021 | 31 mins 12 secs

Chapter 6: Ill and Consci...

05 Feb 2021 | 32 mins 57 secs

Chapter 6: Ill and C...

05 Feb 2021 | 32 mins 57 secs

Chapter 7: Agricultural E...

04 Feb 2021 | 21 mins 28 secs

Chapter 7: Agricultu...

04 Feb 2021 | 21 mins 28 secs

Chapter 8: Surveys His Po...

03 Feb 2021 | 24 mins 30 secs

Chapter 8: Surveys H...

03 Feb 2021 | 24 mins 30 secs

Chapter 9: A Boat

02 Feb 2021 | 38 mins 46 secs

Chapter 9: A Boat

02 Feb 2021 | 38 mins 46 secs

Chapter 10: Tames Goats

01 Feb 2021 | 27 mins 15 secs

Chapter 10: Tames Go...

01 Feb 2021 | 27 mins 15 secs

Chapter 11: Finds Print o...

31 Jan 2021 | 31 mins 48 secs

Chapter 11: Finds Pr...

31 Jan 2021 | 31 mins 48 secs

Chapter 12: A Cave Retrea...

30 Jan 2021 | 40 mins 52 secs

Chapter 12: A Cave R...

30 Jan 2021 | 40 mins 52 secs

Chapter 13: Wreck of a Sp...

29 Jan 2021 | 31 mins 24 secs

Chapter 13: Wreck of...

29 Jan 2021 | 31 mins 24 secs