Robinson Crusoe

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

Many things can be said about books and the real or fictional worlds they describe. If you are a book enthusiast, then you surely know that no other experience can be compared to reading good books. Nowadays, one can choose among various genres and categories, when needing to read a great book, and if you haven’t read yet Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, then stick close and read on as we are going to tell you more about this author’s masterpiece.

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The first thing you need to find out is that this novel falls in the category of historical fiction. Mostly, the story is a fictional one, but it is rooted in the real life of Robinson Kretznaer –who lived alone for almost 28 years, isolated on a small tropical island, somewhere near the island of Trinidad. This book was published in 1719 and it has a much shorter name than the initial title which was considered rather long.

Robinson Crusoe’s story follows the life of a sailor who is shipwrecked on an isolated island, where he needs to learn how to survive on his own. Crusoe’s parents try to make him change his mind in regards to his intention of leaving on sea expeditions. But, despite his parents will of following other career, he becomes a sailor and leaves on sea for the first time in August 1651. His first voyages on sea seem to be damned as the ships are either wrecked in storms, or the crew is imprisoned by pirates. However, Robinson Crusoe manages to save his life and return on sea for another voyage that aims to transport slaves from the African continent. A storm causes the ship to wreck and the main character of the story now has to stay isolated on an island for many years. On the “Island of Despair”, Robinson Crusoe needs to learn how to survive, procure food and keep him safe from being captured by cannibals, who visit the island from once in a while, in order to find prisoners to eat. Crusoe learns how to fish, hunt and to build a shelter where to sleep. He also learns to plant various vegetables and herbs to ensure his food. The island is a place of despair for him where no one came instead of cannibals. Later on, he helps a prisoner of cannibals escape and he makes him his companion. He names him “Friday” and teaches him English. Finally, Robinson Crusoe succeeds in saving himself from the island and returns to England in 1687.

Robinson Crusoe makes a great novel to read for those who like adventure in books and also limit situations people can come across in life.