The book starts with the statement about Crusoe's marriage in England. He bought a little farm in Bedford and had three children: two sons and one daughter. Our hero had a desire to see his island. He could talk of nothing else, and one can imagine that no one took his stories seriously, except his wife. She told him, in tears, I will go with you, but I won't leave you. But in the middle of this felicity, Providence unhinged him at once, with the loss of his wife. It also includes his adventures and travels in Southeast Asia, China and Siberia.
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Important for History students!
Defoes writing style is akin to Jane Austins although his is more concerned with the intricacies of survival vs success in society.
This book was even better than the original and really could have been made into 2 stories. The 1st half concerns itself with Crusoes return to his island whereas the 2nd 1/2 deals with merchant ship companies and is also a fascinating recount of his travels through China along the silk road- all with a 1765 ish perspective! A really good read.
Entertaining but Hardly Literature
The first book, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was noteworthy for its first-person fictional account style of writing and its noticeable universal themes of God, man, and our ability to be content in any station in life; this book, however, read similar to that of the typical adventurer tales of its time—the protagonist visiting foreign lands and battling ignorant and pagan savages.
I wouldn't call the read a waste of time, just not what I expected.