Monday, August 17, 2009

Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe
Modern Library, 2001. 320 pgs. Fiction.

Classic adventure with philosophical & theological musings. This is a great story. Everyone knows the story of Robinson Crusoe, but there are many interesting details in the story with which few are familiar. Crusoe takes to sea against the wishes of his father, who prophecies that his life will be one of misery and woe. He has several adventures before becoming deserted on an island for 28 years. If you've enjoyed the survival aspect of the film Castaway or the television series Lost, you may enjoy this novel.

Another aspect to the novel is the theological perspective presented by Crusoe's private ruminations as well as his conversations with "Friday"--a native whose life he saves.

I actually listened to this on CD (read by Jim Weiss) and was surprised at the colloquial language--it seemed more modern that I expected from something originally published in 1719.


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