This is one of the world's greatest and most popular novels of adventure. The story of a modest, never-say-die hero battling for survival on a desert island had captivated readers ever since its publication in 1719. This sensitive abridgement presents all the book's major incidents in Daniel Defoe's own words, thereby capturing the essence of this 18th-century classic for today's readers.
However, as you would expect being a Dorling Kindersley book, there is much more to this edition than an expert retelling of the story. The fascinating themes of Robinson Crusoe and its historical and geographical background are also explored, with insights into Defoe's extraordinary life and turbulent times. The innovative use of photography and illustration includes a unique, specially researched map of Crusoe's exotic, imaginary island which puts Crusoe's plight into perspective. The additional material also re-creates the hazardous life of the 17th-century sailor and explores the long-lasting impact this book has had on world culture. (Ages 8 to 12)
"This edition greatly enriches the reader's appreciation of Robinson Crusoe both as a classic that transcends its historical origins and as a text that reflects a specific historical context. In each role, the novel can be viewed from many perspectives, ranging from those embodied in other writings by Defoe and his contemporaries to later ideas about psychology, economics, religion, and post-colonialism, and the introduction and appendices give the reader access to an extraordinarily copious array of these perspectives. The introduction, moreover, goes well beyond compiling viewpoints: while elegantly marshaling information, Evan R. Davis also contests received opinion and offers fresh insights. This is an extremely useful edition for students, general readers, and even those already well-acquainted with Defoe."--Oscar Kenshur