Daniel Defoe relates the tale of an English sailor marooned on a desert island for nearly three decades. An ordinary man struggling to survive in extraordinary circumstances, Robinson Crusoe wrestles with fate and the nature of God.
Robinson Crusoe is a much-loved classic that I’ve heard about from many sources, and rightfully so. It was so interesting and unique! The only other book that I can think of that comes close to the topic and style of this book is The Swiss Robinson Family. This book, like many other classics as I’ve found out, is a journey.
I usually like to open my reviews with a quick rundown of the book. However, with Robinson Crusoe, that proved very difficult. It is a rather oddly-paced book that is very interesting and insightful. It quickly thrusts you into the story from the very first chapter. From the very beginning, I appreciated the intellectual conversations and foreboding plot.
However, the book reaches its climax twice. Once about 2/4ths of the way in and lastly right at the end of the book. This brings, as I mentioned previously, an oddly-paced book. It got a little hard to read at times because of this. Either way, I enjoyed it very thoroughly, it just got a little boring at times. As I also said, it is a journey, and as such, it has many ups and downs. However, I loved the simplicity of the story.
Two things I’ve found that always seem to be in classical books are the deep plots and characters. I loved the struggle that Daniel Defoe created for Robinson. He pushed his character to the limits and, in a way, let the character decide how to act. He was so real, that at times, I forgot I was reading a work of fiction.
Triggers: mildly explicit mentions of cannibalism and violence. The cannibalism got a little graphic for me. Though it doesn’t describe any actions explicitly, Daniel Defoe does NOT shy from the fact that it is happening. At times, he greeted the subject head-on.
Overall, this is a really good book that I’ll remember for a long time. It is not by any means, “fast-paced” or “riveting”, but it is a deep, intelligent, yet simple journey. I’d recommend it to classical book lovers!
Have y’all read this book, or others similar? Do y’all like classic or modern books better?
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