Wednesday, September 30

Book Review: Robinson Crusoe

Title: Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe

Pages: 288

Summary: 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.

My Rating: 4/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Going into this book, I expected something different than what I got. I expected something a lot more interesting, especially for the fact there’s a shipwreck and a man stranded on an island, striving to survive. I mean, it’s the original survivor book, the original Castaway, but there are only so many pages I can read about drying grapes into raisins, growing corn and hunting or raising goats. It gets rather repetitive after awhile to the point I grew so bored I was hopping for something outrageous and completely unlikely like a bear attack, just to add something, interesting to the story. I also found the narrative style doesn’t add much to the story, it to was rather dry. The book also has a lot of elements of racism and ignorance of other cultures, which is bothersome, but it’s also something where you have to conceder the fact that during this time period, that’s what they were taught and what was the norm, still doesn’t make it any better to read, but it’s a major element in the story.

Although I couldn’t connect to the character on this level, he did go on a spiritual journey, which I think a lot of readers could appreciate. This spiritual journey was well written, it’s execution was boring for me, but the author did do a fantastic job at bring the character through his journey, and building the character’s personality and development were also well don, just the execution of it was dull for me. Not my favourite of books, but still willing to give Defoe another chance.

Would I recommend it to read: I personally didn't like the book. But I think if you are someone who likes books that take the character through a bit of a spiritual and developmental journey, they could really enjoy and appreciate the books.

What to read next: Swiss Family Robinson

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  1. Yeah, I think I'll just keep avoiding this one...

  2. Oh, man - good luck with Swiss Family Robinson. I really had a hard time with it. It seemed very didactic. And boring. It didn't seem possible to have a book about being stranded on an island be boring...but it was.

  3. I have heard others say that this book was very dry as well. I am kind of behind in the reading of classics, and I wanted to try to get more of them read, but this sounds like something I would rather stay away from. There are too many good books out there to waste time on something so unremarkable. Great review, I appreciated your candor.

  4. I'm one person who LOVED this book for the spiritual journey. I'm always sad when people don't like it at all, but I can understand. It is very slow, to say the least. :)

  5. I wanted to read this one because it's a classic...I'll probably still read day...but I was under the impression that this was a fun book.

  6. I tried and gave up on it, once. I might give it another go someday- I was pretty young at the first attempt. I think Swiss Family Robinson is better- a bit more fun, especially w/all the animals- although half of them are depicted in entirely the wrong climate, it just makes me laugh.