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Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe (1659-1731)

1. Chapter 1: Start in Life
2. Chapter 2: Slavery & Escape
3. Chapter 3a: Wrecked On a Desert Island, Part 1
4. Chapter 3b, Part 2
5. Chapter 4a: First Weeks On the Island, Part 1
6. Chapter 4b, Part 2
7. Chapter 5: Builds a House - The Journal
8. Chapter 6: Ill and Conscience-Stricken
9. Chapter 7: Agricultural Experience
10. Chapter 8: Surveys His Position
11. Chapter 9: A Boat
12. Chapter 10: Tames Goats
13. Chapter 11: Finds Print of Man's Foot on the Sand
14. Chapter 12: A Cave Retreat
15. Chapter 13: Wreck of a Spanish Ship
16. Chapter 14: A Dream Realized
17. Chapter 15: Friday's Education
18. Chapter 16: Rescue of Prisoners From Cannibals
19. Chapter 17: Visit of Mutineers
20. Chapter 18: The Ship Recovered
21. Chapter 19: Return to England
22. Chapter 20: Fight Between Friday and a Bear

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Summary

Robinson Crusoe is perhaps the most famous castaway of all time. Whilst many of us have not read Defoe’s iconic book, Robinson Crusoe is a character that is familiar to us all. Aided by the hundreds of movies and theatre productions that the book spurned, Crusoe is a household name. Credited with being the first "real fiction" book, this fictional autobiography tells the tale of a young man who found himself shipwrecked on a remote island for 28 years. The story is said to be based on the dramatic life of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived alone for four years on a Pacific island. With a recent trend in reality TV shows based on survival and being "castaway", everybody has ideas on how they would cope alone in the wild. So, why read this novel if we think we know best? The truth is, Defoe’s portrayal of the trials and tribulations of Crusoe give raw insight into the reality and loneliness of having no companionship and no hope. Described by Samuel T. Coleridge as "The Universal Man", there is certainly lots to admire, whether you like the character or not. Many imitations have been written over the years but nothing grabs the reader quite as much as Defoe’s tales of solitude and desperation. The book has a simple narrative and at times is overly descriptive but is always engaging. Adventure fans will love the jam packed action, where we see Crusoe taming animals, hunting, venturing into cannibalism plus the odd pirate or two. The modern reader is likely to struggle with some of the moral issues that the book brings to the surface, with dubious views on slavery and strong religious overtones but don’t let this put you off. The book is a classic for a reason, it provokes deep emotion whether that be negative or positive.

Reviews

Peter Boswell

- Robinson Crusoe

I thought I knew this story but now realize I only remembered part of it. Very good narrator who bought the story to life.

The book was good but the voice made it better

Emily

This makes me think of homework...

My Man Friday

- Robinson Crusoe

Just a fantastic reading. Perfect voice for this, and with such enthusiasm. I'm actually sad that it's over now because I found it so soothing to go to sleep listening to this awesome dude. Never would have read the book, way too wordy and boring at times, but to have it read to me was entertaining to say the least.

Rohit Roy

- great

i love this audio book it is amazing and very adventurefull story.

Robinson crusoe

- Adventure

Best book I have ever read it sounds so realalistic

Robinson Crusoe

- Adventure

This book is made more fantastic by the excellent reading of Mark Smith, thank you for your time!!

Chaela

- Robinson crusoe

This audio book is very good and you can imagine the story in your head instead of reading it.

Rylan

I LOVE this book there is AMASING reading to

Rylan

I LOVE this book there is AMASING reading to