"" The Relentless Reader: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe ~ The Classics Spin #2

June 30, 2013

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 comments:

  1. oh goodness, Girl. You have me laughing. I haven't read this but haven't really had the itch to. Still don't!

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    1. Ha ha ;) I'm glad to have read it, if only to say that I have. But I won't be doing a re-read anytime soon. (Or EVER, lol)

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  2. 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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    1. He had everything he could have wanted besides companionship. It was lame that he was alone for 25 years or so. It made for some very BORING happenings. Zzzzz.

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  3. Ha! I've never read this one either, but it's never really had me lusting after it. I do love me some Hatchet, though!

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    1. Don't be in a big hurry to get to this one Shannon ;) Unless you have insomnia!

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  4. I soooo get it. . . and my Classics Spin. . . well, it will be read sometime. . . in July. . . past the due date. . .

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    1. LOL, well you'll get to it eventually right? Remind me, what was your spin book?

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  5. Hahahahahahaha! This review cracked me up! Robinson Crusoe is a dick. Awesome.

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  6. 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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    1. Ha ha! I can see why you'd be curious! I'd heard a few things about the crazy which is why I was eager to read this one as well. ;)

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  7. 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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    1. I had to keep telling myself that this was written eons ago, but it was still hard to stomach :(

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  8. 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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    1. I hate to discourage anyone from reading anything :/ Even though this wasn't my cup of tea I'm glad to have this classic under my belt. Does that make sense? ;)

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  9. 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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    1. I feel your pain! It was a slog at times...zzzz ;) Thanks so much for visiting!

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  10. 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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    1. Ha ha! Adam, you make me smile :) Please DO re-read it and come back to yell. I'd enjoy it!

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  11. bwahahahaha LOVE your impression of Crusoe's (lack of) character!

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    1. He was a total tool. Facts are facts ;) lol

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  12. 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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    1. I know Isi was having a terrible time with hers, lol. I'm hoping for a much better spin pick next time around!

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  13. Ha! Now I know what you meant by a dud. But wait ... I think this might be on my list!

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    1. All I can say is good luck! ;) Ha!

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  14. 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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  15. I read this for uni and nearly threw it out of the window. Awful and boring. Yay for reading (finishing) it :)

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    1. I'm glad that I read it. It's good to get another classic under the ol' reading belt. But oh my word, what a snore fest!

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