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Robinson Crusoe


First published in 1719 under the title;

"The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York. Mariner; who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an uninhabited Island on the coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pirates. Written by Himself."

This novel is loosely based on the life and story of Scotsman Alexander Selkirk (1676-1721). He went to sea on the galleon Cinque Ports in 1703 under privateer William Dampier. After fears that their vessel had become unseaworthy (indeed it did sink shortly thereafter), Selkirk asked to be put ashore on one of the uninhabited Juan Fernández islands (now called Robinson Crusoe Island) about 400 miles off the west coast of Chile, South America. He was rescued in 1709 by Woodes Rogers (c.1679-1732). Rogers went on to write A cruising voyage round the world: first to the South-Sea, thence to the East-Indies, and homewards by the Cape of Good Hope (1712) which contained the first account of Selkirk's ordeal.

Sequels to this story are The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe; Being the Second and Last Part of His Life, And of the Strange Surprizing Accounts of his Travels Round three Parts of the Globe. Written by Himself. To which is added a Map of the World, in which is Delineated the Voyages of Robinson Crusoe (1719), and Serious Reflections of Robinson Crusoe

Hi friends, here is a clear example of what you can achieve with a habit of good behaviour in a form of a book. Daniel Defoe had written many books which everyone liked to read. Among them one is 'The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe' which comes in a category of must read books. My friends often discuss with me about each chapter of this book which I find as a very interesting thing. I am a great fan of this book and I request each and everyone who is reading this book to understand every line and read instead of going through simply. I hope that everyone understood at least a little bit through this introduction. Thank you for reading it.--Submitted by Shivangi

This is a must read for a teenager or a school-goer. This has all the ingredients necessary to keep an action lover spell bound. Though this was written nearly 2.5 centuries ago, this is very much readable for the present day generation. In this book we see the 'hero' Robinson Crusoe, a youngster, hungry for a life of adventure, sick of his 'comfortable position in his father's house. Thus he is an angry young man. He runs away from his home once in search of thrilling experience. He faces many odds at sea, but returns successful with gold dust and sets up a plantation in Brazil. This short stint turns his head and when a few estate owners request that he go to Guinea to bring a few slaves, whom they could share among themselves, he jumps at the idea. When they propose to him that they will pay for his passage and look after his lands he is more than ready to go. This voyage is star-crossed. His ship is caught in a violent storm and he is thrown on a strange island. Here he is forced to live for 28 years on his own. Everything he has, he makes scratch. The clothes he wears are made from goat skins, goats he breeds for his food. He builds a raft, a boat, and a ship on his own. He develops his own calender and his own ways of counting days. He grows crops, prepares furniture etc. He even trains a 'savage' to speak English. At last he reaches his plantation in Brazil, very old, matured and without any slaves. Then he gets married and has children. This this is an action-packed, thrilling story.--Submitted by O.R.Prakash, Lecturer, Mangalore, Karnataka.

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Robinson Crusoe's belief in God

I just completed Defoe's classic novel, Robinson Crusoe and while the adventure was quite intriguing, I couldn't help noticing how much emphasis the author has put on the existence and omnipotence of God through Crusoe. Personally, I have an unwavering belief in the existence as well as omnipotence of God but I wanted to know especially from our atheist friends here how they rate the book and what are their views about it.

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any text's recommendation or summaries i don't know any thing about this novel:d and i have to study it in a week, so i need any good summary 4 it

Robinson Crusoe

So whats up with Robinson Crusoe, and what do you guys think of its author Daniel Defoe? Ive almost finished reading Two Years Before the Mast and this book has come up again. Ive seen this book referenced in other books too, but no one seems to be talking about it anymore. Why is this? I guess what im asking is, since im interested in reading the book, how did some of you like it, and do you think its good enough for me to give it a try?

Robinson Crusoe, What did you think?

Well I just finished reading Robinson Crusoe earlier today and I found it very enjoyable. It was pretty much an account of an extended period of his life from the age of maturity until he was about 60. (I think) A lot of this time was spent on the island and I found it a simple, yet interesting read. The book was adventure filled without going over the top like some do although the beginning of it almost lost me for it was a whole lot happening in a condensed period of time leading up to him landing upon the island. Another stand out of the book for me was my favourite character Friday. Although he was not the main character in it I admired him very much. Along with this I noticed Defoe's views of coloured people at this time. He obviously saw them as inferior like the white people of the time did but he seemed to show respect to them. I got this impression by his inclusion of Friday and his father as friends of Crusoe despite refering to them as savages. One of the disappointments for me was that he failed to mention what became of Friday during the final years of the novel. I assume that he continued to follow Crusoe as a loyal servant wherever he went as his death would almost certainly get a mention in the story. So in a brief summary that's my view, I thought it was well worth reading. But what did you think of it? What did you observe and take from Robinson Crusoe?

Robinson Crusoe - Discussion

Okay, so I'm on page 40 of 449 or something like that. Robinson has just landed onto the island with Xury, and met some friendly natives. Anyone care to talk to me about the book and share ideas and analysis?

Robinson Crusoe

Well, this book is next on my book queue after I finish with Sense And Sensibility. I just posted this thread as to look for some sort of guide or preview into the book of sorts. Like what characters to look out for? People favourite parts of the story? A small summary plot? In fact, what is this book about in general, and aside from a main plot is there a subplot?

Defoe's Robinson Crusoe-mere fiction or allegory?--need help!!!

Hi friends, I need your view of Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Is it the allegory of defoe's life, a religous writing or a book on economics? I want you to reflect upon it and give me some critical views on the book.


I am reading Robinson Crusoe and am wondering what the word 'viz' means in the literary sense?

what do you think about robinson?

what do you think about robinson?Do you want to be ik him?Let's discuss and analyze Robinson.


I personally did not like the end, but enjoyed the rest of the book

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