Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe ~ The Classics Spin #2

I’m squeezing in an extra post today because our Classics Club Spin reviews are due tomorrow. I can’t call this a review because…well you’ll see my lazy shenanigans below. So mostly I’m saying HEY I READ THIS! 
~This is the edition I read ~ 

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

First published in 1719 (London, England)

Original full title: The Life and Strange Surprizing 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 Pyrates
(Try saying that without taking a breath!)
1st edition title page

I read Robinson Crusoe as part of the The Classics Club Spin. Here’s where I get all lazy on you and point you to Celine’s review on Nyx Book Reviews. She took the words right out of my mouth! (Thank you Celine!)

Including this: The main thing that puzzles me is how this book turned into the thousands of survival adaptations. How?! Robinson doesn’t have to fight to survive. He has a whole damn ship on his shore with enough supplies for years. He has a dog and a parrot and cats to keep him company, some bibles to read when he’s bored, enough gunpowder to last him for thirty years, enough rum and other booze for about twenty years, tobacco to smoke… The only thing he’s missing is some more clothes, but who cares about those in the Caribbean anyway.”

In summary? Crusoe was kind of a dick. Yes, it was written a billion years ago and attitudes were different then, blah blah blah. Still, his raging bigotry made me uncomfortable and angry. So yea, a dick.

30 thoughts on “Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe ~ The Classics Spin #2

  1. So, basically, he was just missing human companionship and we're supposed to feel sorry for him? It could have been worse…it's new best friend could have been a volleyball! I suppose with a title like that, we should all be warned to begin with.

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  2. I've never had particular desire to read Robinson Crusoe, but now I kinda have because all this talk about how unlogical and messed up this book is has made me really curious 🙂 Anyway, well done finishing the spin book, I still have a bit of mine left to read!

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  3. Oooohhhh I was kind of looking forward to reading this eventually until you mentioned bigotry. That's always too hard for me to overlook. Hmm…

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  4. I've been mildly curious about this book and have considered reading it, but will just cross it off my list now. Thanks for saving me the trouble of reading 😉

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  5. I had to read this when I was in college and it was SO painful to keep going! I'm with you- I don't think I could ever re-read it! 🙂

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  6. Ahhhhhhhhh. No, no, no. I really enjoyed this book. Son of a gosh darn dang it! Lol I read it back in the day, though, pre-blog. Which means I don't have any coherent thoughts to point to. I did, however, write an essay on it – so if I ever find it, maybe I'll read through it agan and get back to you (both) to yell at you with more clarity and conviction. 😉

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  7. You and Isi got two not so nice books to read and review for the classics spin, LOL!! (I think so will Rebecca, she just doesn't know it yet, but Isi keeps reminding her). I won't be reading this one, FOR SURE 🙂

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  8. I've never thought of the book that way, though I've never read it. I will look at it with different eyes from now on haha

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