First published 1719
Completed May 17, 2013
(book description) Daniel Defoe relates the tale of an English sailor marooned on a desert island for nearly three decades. An ordinary man struggling to survive in extraordinary circumstances, Robinson Crusoe wrestles with fate and the nature of God.
Living in this chaotic world that we live in today, I was almost wishing I could have been Robinson Crusoe! Alone with the Lord having some of the major necessities and lots of food to be found! What a life! But then it went on for almost thirty years! I don’t think I need a thirty year respite.
I enjoyed the tail of the survival of Robinson Crusoe. He taught himself some very useful trades while on his island. Pottery making, basket weaving, gardening (on a large-scale), and much more to help him in his daily life. There was no such thing as hybrid seed back in this day. All seed was pure, it reproduced as it should.
When Robinson encounters cannibals from a neighboring island I began to be apprehensive but he handled the situation quite well. During which time he saves one who is about to be eaten and makes him his friend and servant. The native is very grateful for his life being saved and stays loyal through all the rest.
A boat comes ashore where a captain and a couple of his crew are going to be left by mutineers. Robinson acts quickly to safe the crew and again more grateful men on his side. Working together they get control of the ship back and sail back to civilization.
Robinson recovers his property in the Brazil’s but does not return. He marries and has a couple of children of his own. His family is down to a couple of sisters and nephews of his deceased brother. Thirty years is a long time to be away.
This one took me a long time to read but then it is spring and there is much to be done in the garden. I did however enjoy it. The speaking of God’s word and His providence in all situations was refreshing! The more of the classics I read the more I see why we did not read them in school. My english teachers were both atheists. My children have already read this one because I have it in our home. We won’t be waiting on the school system for great literature.