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This review is from: Robinson Crusoe (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
I am not quite sure what the other reviewers of this text expected from the world's oldest English novel. I do feel that they may think that it does not live up to the film / television versions.
However, if one reads from the understanding that this text is almost 300 years old, and that to truly understand it properly, you need an 'AS' or 'A' levels or higher in English; then in the context of the period it stands out as a true work of the writers' art.
If you want a Hollywood romp, then watch the DVD. If you want to learn how and why Daniel Defoe wrote this, then this book is a good place to start, with excellent notes and an introductory essay by Oxford University academics.
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Initial post: 19 Dec 2012 02:23:03 GMT
There are very few books which require formal qualifications in order to be understood and I think Robinson Crusoe is certainly not one of them. I found it to be very clear, surprisingly modern in feel and certainly not an arcane scholarly tome for exclusive reading in ivory towers. You should be careful of appearing elitist.
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