Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

by Daniel Defoe

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Overview

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on a deserted island after a shipwreck for 28 years? In this book, you will discover the vicissitudes that had to occur in order to survive after so many years of apparent solitude. This first novel by Daniel Defoe appears to resume the adventures of the Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk, who was abandoned on an island off the cost of Chile. Robinson Crusoe is a classic written in the eighteenth century that takes you into a universe full of adventure.

Te has preguntado cómo sería vivir 28 años recluido en una isla que parece desierta luego de un naufragio. En este libro descubrirás las vicisitudes que tuvo que pasar su protagonista para sobrevivir luego de tantos años de aparente soledad, mientras establecía nuevas relaciones con los aborígenes de su morada imprevista. Esta primera novela de Daniel Defoe parece retomar las aventuras del marinero escocés Alexander Selkirk, quien fuera abandonado en una de las islas ubicadas frente a las costas chilenas. Robinson Crusoe es un clásico escrito en el siglo xviii con el que te adentrarás en un universo lleno de aventuras.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789731284026
Publisher: Corint Junior
Publication date: 09/10/2012
Sold by: PUBLISHDRIVE KFT
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 492
File size: 515 KB

About the Author

Daniel Defoe (c. 1660–1731) was an English merchant, author, and political pamphleteer best known for the classic adventure novel Robinson Crusoe.

Daniel Defoe (c. 1660–1731) was an English merchant, author, and political pamphleteer best known for the classic adventure novel Robinson Crusoe.

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I was born in the Year 1632, in the City of York, of a good Family, tho not of that Country, my Father being a Foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull: He got a good Estate by Merchandise, and leaving off his Trade, lived afterward at York, from whence he had married my Mother, whose Relations were named Robinson, a very good Family in that Country, and from whom I was called Robinson Kreutznaer; but by the usual Corruption of Words in England, we are now called, nay we call our selves, and write our Name Crusoe, and so my Companions always call’d me.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Daniel Defoe
A Map of the World
The Life and Strange Surprizing of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner
Appendix I: Frontispiece and Preface to Serious Reflections During the Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1720)
Appendix 2: A Chronology of Robinson Crusoe
Textual Notes
Explanatory Notes
Glossary

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Reading Group Guide

1. Robinson Crusoe is regarded as one of the first English novels. What were the qualities that defined the English novel? How has the meaning of the word "novel" changed? Do we use the term more loosely now or has it evolved into something entirely different?

2. Defoe's novel is also thought to be one of the earliest examples of the use of psychological realism. Defoe posits himself as "editor" and Crusoe as the author. How does his use of voice and point of view differ from that of his contemporaries? How much of his fiction might be influenced by his background in journalism and nonfiction?

3. How much of Robinson Crusoe is supposed to be "real" and journalistic and how much is intended to be allegorical? How does Defoe use Crusoe to espouse certain values? In what sense is the book a morality story?

4. Examine Crusoe's relationships with Xury and Friday. Critics have seen Robinson Crusoe as representative of British colonialism and imperialism, glorifying the subjugation of other cultures. How does Defoe seem to comment on the institution of slavery and issues of race?

5. How do Robinson Crusoe's experiences on the island comment on the society from which he has been separated?

6. How does what we now call the Protestant work ethic pervade Defoe's novel? Robinson seems to channel all of his energy into the pursuit of manual labor; the story is a series of daily routines and a tribute to work. To what end? Is his newfound work ethic accompanied by a spiritual awakening?

7. How is value established on Crusoe's island? How does the language of economics inform the text?

8. What is the nature of Robinson Crusoe's relationship with his environment? Does he regard his surroundings as hostile? Does he seek to re-create the landscape?

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