Michel Tournier starts his re-telling of the Robinson Crusoe story fairly straight, and it unfolds as a reflection on the psychology of loneliness. As it develops, it becomes increasingly suureal and then mystical. Robinson tries first to civilize and rationalise the island, and then to become one with it as Friday teaches him how to abandon himself to air and the wind.
It's a distinctly odd book, particularly the passages on Robinson's bizarre earth-bound sexuality, but it is beautifully written and makes its observations about civilization and progress in the most subtle and poetic of ways.
In this story, it is Friday who teaches, and Robinson who has everything to learn. The castaway's stay on a desert island turns into a journey of self-discovery and transformation. A mythical, poetic, and adventure-filled novel that will be hard to put down.
what will white man do on an island when he is alone?he would probably try to be the master of the island ,try to build a house ,try to create the western civilization again Tournier is brilliant when he aims to make you see what way the white man thinks