Worth persevering with,
This review is from: Robinson Crusoe (Kindle Edition)
I first attempted reading Daniel Defoe's classic tale some twenty year ago when, as a teenager, this was given to me s a present by my sister. Now, being older and hopefully wiser, I was able to understand Defoe's prose and language. I did start the novel with some trepidation due to Defoe's habit of repeating himself and the interminably long sentences. I admit I had occasion to re-read passages in order to decipher what was being written. Nevertheless, I persevered and was rewarded with an exciting, adventurous, and thought-provoking read. What interested me was how Defoe was able to change his style in his political writings (of which I was familiar with at university) in order to write an accomplished novel.
Of course the plot was well known to me but, now having read the novel, how Crusoe was able to get off his 'Island of Despair', reestablish and sell on his plantation, get back to England and escape packs of hundreds of wolves on the Franco-Spanish border amongst other things were all new to me. To me the most fascinating part of the book is when Crusoe is alone on the island, where he turns, through hard work , persistence and extreme good luck, his wretched condition into a most comfortable and plentiful existence on the island. For me the once Friday appears and the others (Spanish, English rebels) the story loses steam and interest. I also found Crusoe's increasing 'monologues' on religion and Providence annoying. Near the end the killing of the bear 'for fun' by Friday did leave a bad taste in my mouth, although I realise it is fiction.
Overall, however, I would thoroughly recommend Robinson Crusoe and I plan to read more of Defoe's fictional works.