Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe is an adventurous novel. Captured at sea by the pirates, Crusoe is wrecked off the South American Coast on a desert island. Clever and resolute, he builds himself living quarters, cultivates food and brings some useful items from the shipwreck. After eighteen lonely years he finds a human footprint in the sand. In the twenty fourth year of his enforced isolation, he rescues a victim of the cannibals and names him Friday. The native proves a faithful servant until the two are rescued by an English vessel in the twenty-eighth year of Crusoe's island residence.The novel leaves the message that a hard-working man, in spite of his difficulties, can win the odds of his life. He should have his resolute will; iron determination and fixed goal. His uncommon courage and military skill can banish all the obstacles of his life.
Defoe presents the familiar English middle class life based upon the two cardinal virtues of honesty and industry. Even the piety that found its way in Crusoe's life in the island is the piety of a contended middle-class, thinking of God for all the provisions - and limitations too. Defoe took care to exhibit and illustrate through all the actions of his hero, the middle-class ethics which set the perspective of the story.
Crusoe is a prudential hero. He is not an adventurer who goes to sea in search of excitement, but a sober and prudent merchant engaged in a business enterprise. Moreover, on the island his only thought was to recreate as best as he could something of the material civilization he had left behind him.
The book is written in plain, lucid colloquial prose. Written in superb style, the language is simple and communicative all through. It is indeed an example of delicate art and superb craftsmanship.
Defoe is careful to avoid anything approaching the fantastic or improbable, thus, making the narrative absolutely convincing. There is no attempt at fine writing; the language as well as the style is straightforward, and without any frills.
The novel has impressed me much. I have gone through a lot of novels. But I wonder if there is a more interesting novel on adventure than this. There is nothing improbable in the story. The novel has inspired me to fight against the obstacles of my life. I have read it several times, and I would recommend everyone to read it at least once in their lifetime.
Book Reviewed By Oliva Roy
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