Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Book Review: Robinson Crusoe


I recently finished reading this classic that I had been eyeing for sometime but have never read.  It takes me a little while to finish a book these days as I read a page or two a day at night before I can't keep my eyes open any longer.  I wouldn't say that this is a "can't put it down" type of book, but it was still entertaining.

It is mostly a descriptive of his life and how he came to be stranded on this island, how he learns to survive and thrive even, and how he eventually escapes.  There were small nuggets of wisdom embedded in the story though that gave me good food for thought.  Here is an example:

"So little do we see before us in the world, and so much reason have we to depend cheerfully upon the great Maker of the world, that he does not leave his creatures so absolutely destitute, but that in the worst circumstances they have always something to be thankful for, and sometimes are nearer their deliverance than they imagine, nay, are even brought to their deliverance by the means by which they seem to be brought to their destruction." (Daniel Defoe pg. 244)

All in all, it was a pleasant read if you can get past the cannibalism.  Not my favorite part.  Probably not one that I would read again, but now at least I can say I've read it!

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