Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
(Modern Library Classics)

75%

13 Critic Reviews

...how can we forget Defoe's characters? The pioneer novelist understood the importance of attaching memorably concrete images to his narrative and its characters.
-Guardian

Synopsis

The classic tale of shipwrecked adventure, Daniel Defoe's 1719 novel "Robinson Crusoe" is the fictional autobiography of its title character. When cast ashore upon a tropical island, Robinson Crusoe must use his survival skills to find food and shelter and evade the native cannibals. A captivating tale of action and adventure, based in part on the real life adventures of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived more than four years on an island in the Pacific, "Robinson Crusoe" is regarded by some as the first novel of the English language.
 

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Daniel Defoe was born Daniel Foe in London in 1660, adding the "De" after he reached the age of 40. He was a novelist, journalist, and political agent. Defoe's best-known novels include Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders. Defoe also wrote the 3-volume A Tour Thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain, an important source of English economic life. He wrote satirical poems and pamphlets and edited a newspaper. Defoe was imprisoned and pilloried for his controversial work, The Shortest Way with the Dissenters, which suggested that all non-Conformist ministers be hanged. Defoe also was the first writer of modern English ghost stories, one of which is "A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal." He died in 1731.
 
Published March 27, 2003 by Penguin. 242 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, History, Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Parenting & Relationships, Comics & Graphic Novels, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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All: 13 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 2

Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Robert McCrum on Sep 28 2013

...how can we forget Defoe's characters? The pioneer novelist understood the importance of attaching memorably concrete images to his narrative and its characters.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Jenny Diski on Jul 17 2004

...having at last, five decades later, read Robinson Crusoe, I suspect that what I most disliked then was the dogged, repetitive, unrelenting detail of Crusoe's struggle for existence, which is now precisely what I find myself relishing, so much so that when I finished Defoe's intensely readable book last year, I immediately started all over again.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Jenny Diski on Jul 16 2004

It seems very pedestrian, but as I read this time, I grew aware of the wonderful game Defoe plays with time, and the powerful role of dark imagination in his hero's survival.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Simon Armitage on Aug 22 1998

Defoe's skills as a narrator are unquestionable. Faced with the impossible task of describing 20-odd years of isolation without use of dialogue, he stretches and compresses passages of time by use of Crusoe's 'Journal' - a brilliant literary device.

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Suite 101

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Reviewed by Samantha Markham on May 07 2009

Part of the reason for the novel’s success is that Defoe completely captured the mood of the early eighteenth century. This was an exciting time with the discovery of new lands.

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Patheos

Good
Reviewed by Paul D. Miller on Aug 08 2012

I love this book. The practical parts were fun. I loved seeing Crusoe’s inventiveness and industry. I would certainly have perished.

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Reviewed by Ronald A. Rowe on Jul 01 2009

In truth, there are scarcely any nail-biting moments right up until chapter 13, when the cannibals arrive. But every page is a joy for the reader who appreciates the innate beauty of language.

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AnnArbor.com

Above average
Reviewed by Melissa LR Handa on Aug 16 2010

You may like this book if…you wonder how extreme isolation might affect the human mind; you like reading a character’s spiritual musings; you want to read the original survival novel...You may not like this book if…you expect the plot to follow the traditional story arc that is prominent in literature today...

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Jan 22 2016

The world might have moved on from Daniel Defoe's days, but this great classic refuses to fade away.

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EzineArticles

Above average
Reviewed by Pushpita Ghosh on May 17 2009

Defoe writes "Robinson Crusoe" in a very simple and spontaneous style. His simple style appeals his readers to read more. Simple, easy, spontaneous, plain, colloquial, full of allegory, charming attitude -- these are all the best ingredients that make the novel "Robinson Crusoe" a popular novel in every phase of life and throughout the globe.

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Reviewed by eleanor55 on Oct 01 2015

Defoe takes us on a deep, personal journey of adventure and self-discovery, achieving a subconscious understanding and empathy with Crusoe. Readers feel as if they too have survived shipwreck and solitude...No literary life can be complete without reading the world's "first novel".

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Book Review Circle

Good
Reviewed by Oliva Roy on Sep 19 2015

The book is written in plain, lucid colloquial prose. Written in superb style, the language is simple and communicative all through... I have read it several times, and I would recommend everyone to read it at least once in their lifetime.

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Reviewed by Jules on Sep 30 2009

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.

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