Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe

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Robinson Crusoe by English author Daniel Defoe was first published in 1719 and has since become one of the most famous and popular books in the English language. The book is written as the autobiographical narrative of Robinson Crusoe (birth name Kreutznaer), a young man who, against the wishes of his parents, sets out for a life on the seas. After two times where the voyage ends in disaster (shipwreck, and getting captured by pirates), he sets sail on an expedition to enslave people from Africa, but ends up being shipwrecked on an island off the coast of South America. With his dog and two cats, who survived the shipwreck with him, he is forced to come to terms with his predicament and find ways to survive on the island. As time goes on, he manages to grow crops, and raise goats, which makes his life somewhat better there. Having found a copy of the Bible in a ship that was washed upon the shore, he becomes more religious - memorising verses and using it to find solace in times of despair. After many many years, Crusoe discovers he is not alone on the island after all - native cannibals sometimes visit the island to kill and eat their prisoners. When one manages to escape, Crusoe helps him, names him Friday (after the day of the week he rescued him), and together, they carry on with their island adventure.

№ 2 in The Guardian's 100 Best Novels Written In English.

№ 3 in The Guardian's 100 Greatest Novels Of All Time.

№ 27 in The BBC's 100 Greatest British Novels.

This book has 121,515 words, 164 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1719. This is a modernised edition which includes chapter breaks.

Production notes: This ebook of Robinson Crusoe was published by Global Grey on the 12th October 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Crusoe' by John Charles Dollman.

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