ROBINSON CRUSOE (PENGUIN POPULAR CLASSICS)

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"Robinson Crusoe" begins as Robinson, torn between his safe home and his hunger for adventure, breaks away from his loving father and sails into the unknown. After a series of harrowing escapes, Robinson is shipwrecked on a desert island. His lively first-person account, as told in "Robinson Crusue," shows how his intelligence and education help him survive for many years, and how he used technology, including guns and tools salvaged from the ship. He sets up a home, reads the Bible, finds a pet parrot, and even devises a calendar to keep track of time. When savages arrive on the island, Robinson uses his guns to get rid of them and rescues one of their captives, who he names Friday. Defoe based "Robinson Crusoe" on the true adventures of Alexander Selkirk (who spent four or five years on an island in the South Pacific) and accounts of other castaways of the time. "Robinson Crusoe," which is one of the first novels ever written, is still the favorite of many in our day.

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Thought to have been inspired by the true-life experiences of a marooned sailor, Robinson Crusoe tells the story of the sole survivor of a shipwreck, stranded on a Caribbean island, who prevails against all odds, enduring three decades of solitude while mastering both himself and his strange new world. First published in 1719, the novel has long been one of the English language's great adventure stories.
In the journal he shares with us, the endearing, goatskin-clad castaway recounts the details of his lonely existence and his many adventures, including a fierce battle with cannibals and a daring rescue of Friday, the man who becomes his trusted servant and companion. Defoe's brilliant and imaginative use of detail renders Crusoe's island world utterly convincing. In reclaiming his humanity from the savagery of his circumstances, the hero humbly acquires the qualities of courage, patience, ingenuity, and industry.

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