"Robinson Crusoe" begins as Robinson, torn between his safe home and his hunger for adventure, breaks away from his loving father and sails into the unknown. After a series of harrowing escapes, Robinson is shipwrecked on a desert island. His lively first-person account, as told in "Robinson Crusue," shows how his intelligence and education help him survive for many years, and how he used technology, including guns and tools salvaged from the ship. He sets up a home, reads the Bible, finds a pet parrot, and even devises a calendar to keep track of time. When savages arrive on the island, Robinson uses his guns to get rid of them and rescues one of their captives, who he names Friday. Defoe based "Robinson Crusoe" on the true adventures of Alexander Selkirk (who spent four or five years on an island in the South Pacific) and accounts of other castaways of the time. "Robinson Crusoe," which is one of the first novels ever written, is still the favorite of many in our day.
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Robinson Crusoe is one of the most famous literary characters in history, and his story has spawned hundreds of retellings. Inspired by the life of Alexander Selkirk, a sailor who lived for several years on a Pacific island, the novel tells the story of Crusoe's survival after shipwreck on an island, interaction with the mainland's native inhabitants, and eventual rescue. Read variously as economic fable, religious allegory, or imperialist fantasy, Crusoe has never lost its appeal as one of the most compelling adventure stories of all time. In addition to an introduction and helpful notes, this Broadview Edition includes a wide range of appendices that situate Defoe's 1719 novel amidst castaway narratives, economic treatises, reports of cannibalism, explorations of solitude, and Defoe's own writings on slavery and the African trade. A final appendix presents images of Crusoe's rescue of Friday from a dozen of the most significant illustrated editions of the novel published between 1719 and 1920.From the Inside Flap:
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. This edition features maps.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Ill Una. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1449579205
Book Description CreateSpace, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. ill una edition. 194 pages. 8.80x6.00x0.70 inches. In Stock. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # 1449579205