This is my review of the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. This is a book that I thought I knew, having seen several adoptions of it on the TV and even I think one film version, but until now I had never actually enjoyed the original work.
Daniel wrote the book back in the early 1700's and as such the writing style of the time takes a bit of getting used to. So often with more modern book, we zoom into the plot, then back track and fill for around 100 pages to make it all make sense.
Back in the 1700's it was evidently good practice to start at the beginning and progress slowly through time in an orderly manner. As such the part of the story that is so well known now, does not really appear until well into the second half of the book.
The second element of the book that was a real surprise, was how long Robinson Crusoe, was marooned, on the island. If I had been asked before this I would have said that it was for a few years, and guessed that he was off in under five years. In fact I would have been out by over twenty years.
The enormous time span allows the reader to come to terms with the conflict between hope and despair that he went through whilst waiting to be rescued. The experiences described are based on the real life experiences of the castaway Alexander Selkirk.
The version I listened to was a Librivox.org http://librivox.org/robinson-crusoe-by-daniel-defoe/ version and a very enjoyable 14 hours listening.
This was book 6 week 4 – fiction 6 (1 on audio) non fiction 0
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