Book Review: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

/ Saturday, March 28, 2009 /

robinson_crusoeNot too long ago, about two weeks ago or so, just before Flor and I headed off to Vegas, I finished up my copy of Robinson Crusoe on audio book.  I found this classic novel to be quite interesting but I never found it riveting by any means.  This is probably why it took me upwards of six months to go through it from beginning to end.  I did listen to parts of the book twice however because every now and then I’d let it sit dormant for a month or so and would need to refresh my memory as to what was happening in the story.

Anyway, the story is about a man who heads out to sea and has some problems.  He eventually finds himself shipwrecked on a deserted yet fruitful island and he makes his life bountiful over the course of a few decades.  The island not only sustains him but brings him to god, inspires a sense of purpose in his wandering, aimless life, and eventually brings him great wealth and friendship.

Of course the most interesting part of the book for me was sprinkled throughout the story from beginning to end.  It was the discourse on Robinson’s methods behind creating a comfortable life for himself.  It was in the descriptions of how he cultivated the land, bred livestock, made bread, butter, and other processed foods, goods, and wares, and how he managed to replicate most every kind of common luxury of the times with the things he had around him.  Very interesting indeed.

Of course it took me a long time to finish the book up so I was constantly losing drive to hear more but it was never boring so in that regard I would place the book, classic as it is, near the bottom of my ‘to read again’ pile… but I would definitely watch the movie it it were to ever come to the drive-in. :) 


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