Several years ago, I read a review essay on Defoe's book which startled me... apparently it was considered to be the powerful and influential "Christian Classic" of its day. I read "Robinson Crusoe" as a youth in the standard abridged form. I didn't, of course, realize that the abridgement involved the removal of all the philisophical and theological reflection of the protagonist.
This is, as it was at its original printing, a serious book for adults.
this is not a book about mere "survival." It is a man searching for the meaning in his life before God, who has allowed him to live when the entire crew accompanying him has perished in a storm. Though I do not share the heavy predestinarian bent of the theology, I fully respect the honesty of (Defoe's) reflection through Crusoe. this is a spiritual journey from which we may larn much.
This is serious reading of the very best type. Rewarding to the end. In an earlier time (and not much earlier), you would not have been considered to be either educated or cultured without reading this book.
Please, read and enjoy.
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: *Norton agency titles; 1 edition (17 December 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393964523
- ISBN-13: 978-0393964523
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 21.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 476 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)