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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this version of Robinson Crusoe!, 6 Sep 2010
Why? Well, simply, you get both Robinson Crusoe and the Futher Adventures of Robinson Crusoe bound together. Bargain!

Now, Robinson Crusoe is well known. it is regarded as one of the first modern English language novels. Perhaps more surprisingly it still reads very well. Yes, Defoe writes longer sentences than we are used to in novels. Yes, it does sometimes seem a bit clumsy being written in the first person. But, his accounts of Crusoe's adventures are remarkable page turners. How will his meetings with the cannibals turn out? What will happen when he and Friday attack another cannibal party?

We are also familiar with Robinson Crusoe as a childrens' story. No doubt they will enjoy it but it usually comes to them Disneyfied. The original novel is certainly aimed as adults who can appreciate the bigger points being made behind the action-adventure. What are those points? Defoe sets up Crusoe's central character flaw at the beginning. Forgetting his Father's biblical injunctions to seek a middle station in life (give me neither poverty nor riches) Crusoe is always restless and wants to see more of the world. And so, nearly every travel will plunge him into disaster. The resolution of these problems comes when he finds and reads a Bible, humbles himself before God and accepts Christ as his Saviour. It is noteworthy that this evangelical fevour spills over to Man Friday who converts to Protestant Christianity under Crusoe's tutelage.

What of the second volume? We find out what happened to Crusoe's island in his absence, which he sends provisions to so that it almost becomes an Eden. Yet Crusoe ends an absentee and somewhat neglectful monarch of his realm. Defoe's ecumenical spirit is seen with a Roman Catholic priest being available to stir Crusoe's conscience to provide marriage for his islanders and to instruct them, English and native, in the ways of God. Before getting too carried away with his ecumenism it should be noted that the priest is praiseworthy precisely because his beliefs approximate to Protestantism! Further, the only conversion recorded is very much in a Puritan, rather than a Roman Catholic, fashion.

So buy this version, and pray that you too may be satisfied with a middling life!
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