DNF: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Posted July 19, 2014 in Book Review, DNF / 0 Comments

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DNF: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DefoeRobinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Published by Bantam Books on June 1st 1982 (first in 1719)
Genres: Adventure, Classics, Historical Fiction
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed
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This classic story of a shipwrecked mariner on a deserted island is perhaps the greatest adventure in all of English literature. Fleeing from pirates, Robinson Crusoe is swept ashore in a storm possessing only a knife, a box of tobacco, a pipe-and the will to survive. His is the saga of a man alone: a man who overcomes self-pity and despair to reconstruct his life; who painstakingly teaches himself how to fashion a pot, bake bread, build a canoe; and who, after twenty-four agonizing years of solitude, discovers a human footprint in the sand... Consistently popular since its first publication in 1719, Daniel Defoe's story of human endurance in an exotic, faraway land exerts a timeless appeal. The first important English novel, Robinson Crusoe has taken its rightful place among the great myths of Western civilization.

My second DNF on the blog. How sad.

I really wanted to read this one. I think classics are important to read. And I tried. I really did.

Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I was on vacation while trying to read this, and I just didn’t have time to really get into it. But it probably would have put me in a reading slump whenever I tried to read it.

I blame it on the writing style. The story was definitely interesting. I like stories like that. I loved the Swiss Family Robinson. But this writing style was so old…things were capitalized all over the place when they didn’t need to be, there were random apostrophes in words (like cou’d), and other quirks like that that put me off reading it. It was just too difficult and annoying and time wasting. So I had to give it up.

I guess not all classics are for me.

About Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe (1659/1661 [?] – 1731) was an English writer, journalist, and spy, who gained enduring fame for his novel Robinson Crusoe. Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest practitioners of the novel and helped popularize the genre in Britain. In some texts he is even referred to as one of the founders, if not the founder, of the English novel. A prolific and versatile writer, he wrote more than five hundred books, pamphlets, and journals on various topics (including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology and the supernatural). He was also a pioneer of economic journalism.

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