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John HaskellHitchcock knew that the details of a MacGuffin are unimportant, that its purpose is to supply the hero with a task through which we come to know and connect with him. But when the MacGuffin becomes unmoored from its purpose, when the arbitrary becomes normal, when our attraction to the narrator's story is based primarily on the charm of its telling, then it doesn't matter whether Theodore has died and gone to Cleveland, or whether his mother is alive or dead or speaking from beyond the divide between the known and the yet to be known. A strange world of desire separated from its object comes into focus. And Krusoe's witty book, for all its drifting in the slipstream of realistic narrative, ends up being, in the old and honest and satisfying sense, familiar.
—The New York Times