Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Classics & Modern Classics
Paperback Published on: 27/03/2003
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Synopsis

'Robinson Crusoe has a universal appeal, a story that goes right to the core of existence' Simon Armitage

Daniel Defoe's *Robinson Crusoe*, regarded by many to be first novel in English, is also the original tale of a castaway struggling to survive on a remote desert island.

The sole survivor of a shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe is washed up on a desert island. In his journal he chronicles his daily battle to stay alive, as he conquers isolation, fashions shelter and clothes, enlists the help of a native islander who he names 'Friday', and fights off cannibals and mutineers. Written in an age of exploration and enterprise, it has been variously interpreted as an embodiment of British imperialist values, as a portrayal of 'natural man', or as a moral fable. But above all is a brilliant narrative, depicting Crusoe's transformation from terrified survivor to self-sufficient master of an island.

This edition contains a full chronology of Defoe's life and times, explanatory notes, glossary and a critical introduction discussing Robinson Crusoe as a pioneering work of modern psychological realism.

Edited with an introduction and notes by John Richetti.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141439822
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 213g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm

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Robinson Crusoe
The original and best
First and foremost this is a gripping adventure story set in an exotic location. Reading the original text for the first time one is reminded of subsequent... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
Robinson Crusoe
This book really drew me in.I couldnt stop reading
Follow Robinson Crusoe's daily battles to survive. I recommend this book to readers of Treasure Island. Lots of action and adventure are stored in one book... READ MORE
Jamie age 8
Robinson Crusoe
Brilliant on so many levels.
I loved this book. I remember reading this story as a child. The swashbuckling adventure parts have always stuck in my mind. I have now reread it many ye... READ MORE
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