Item description for Robinson Crusoe (Classics for Young Readers) (Classics for Young Readers) by Daniel Defoe, Kathryn Ann Lindskoog & Barbara Chitouras...
Overview A young fool runs away from wealth, security, and family love for a rough life at sea. He comes to his senses too late, alone on a tropical island-alone except for cannibals and God. For more than 270 years, readers of all ages everywhere have been fascinated by the story of a young fool who ran away from wealth, security, and family for a rough life at sea-and came to his senses too late, alone on a tropical island. Alone, except for cannibals, and God. Robinson Crusoe's adventure takes place on an island near the Orinoco River of Venezuela. Adjusting to the primitive conditions, he learns to make tools, shelters, bread, clothes, baskets, and canoes. More importantly, he becomes a Christian. Modern editions often leave out Crusoe's long struggle with God and his slow transformation as he studies and applies God's Word. As part of P&R's Classics for Young Readers Series, Kathryn Lindskoog has edited Robinson Crusoe for today's reader, faithfully preserving every detail of the original story. Full-page illustrations are featured to add to your reading pleasure.
Publishers Description For more than 270 years, readers of all ages everywhere have been fascinated by the story of a young fool who ran away from wealth, security, and family for a rough life at sea -- and came to his senses too late, alone on a tropical island. Alone, except for cannibals, and God.
Robinson Crusoe's adventure takes place on an island near the Orinoco River of Venezuela. Adjusting to the primitive conditions, he learns to make tools, shelters, bread, clothes, baskets, and canoes. More importantly, he becomes a Christian.
Modern editions often leave out Crusoe's long struggle with God and his slow transformation as he studies and applies God's Word. As part of P&R's Classics for Young Readers Series, Kathryn Lindskoog has edited Robinson Crusoe for today's reader, faithfully preserving every detail of the original story. Full-page illustrations are featured to add to your reading pleasure.
Community Description Robinson Crusoe's adventure takes place on a remote island. Adjusting to the primitive conditions, he learns to make tools, shelters, bread, and clothes. More importantly, he becomes a Christian. Modern editions tend to leave out Crusoe's long struggle with God and his change as he studies God's Word. As part of the Classics for Young Readers Series, Kathryn Lindskoog faithfully preserves such details. Children will be captured by the emotions of his story and will imitate his integrity and honor. Recommended for ages 9 to 13.
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Studio: P & R Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.53" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2002
Publisher P & R PUBLISHING #97
Grade Level Grade School
Series Classics For Young Readers
ISBN 0875527353 ISBN13 9789789780877
Availability 0 units.
More About Daniel Defoe, Kathryn Ann Lindskoog & Barbara Chitouras
Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) is the author of Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, and A Journal of the Plague Year. Paul Theroux is the award-winning author of such novels as Picture Palace and The Mosquito Coast as well as numerous bestselling travel books, including The Great Railway Bazaar. Robert Thayer is Professor of British Literature and Director of the Screen Studies Program at Oklahoma State University and the author of History and the Early English Novel: Matters of Fact from Bacon to Defoe.
Daniel Defoe lived in London. Daniel Defoe was born in 1661 and died in 1731.
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Great! May 4, 2010
The product was in very good condition. I paid for the "Express Shipping" thinking that it would be overnight or next day. It wasn't and I didn't receive the book until almost 4-6 days after purchasing it. I was upset about this because I needed it for an assignment and didn't have it in time. Other than this, I was pleased. I would do business again and I would just order my product sooner.
Truly Essential Mar 28, 2010
Robinson Crusoe is one of the few books that truly everyone should read and that nearly everyone who reads anything but current bestsellers has read. This has almost as much to do with its incredible importance and near-unmatched influence as inherent quality, though this last is substantial. The book has long been called the first Western novel, and it remains one of the most widely-read and beloved nearly three centuries later and continues to hold a mighty sway over writers and the popular consciousness.
There are many reasons for this. Most obvious and important is sheer readability; the book's age is near-unbelievable, as it reads almost as well as ever despite archaic spellings and punctuation. Unlike nearly all classics, it need not be drastically edited, footnoted, and introduced for comprehension. This is hardly true of even many twentieth century works, much less ones of such vintage. Even casual readers who have almost no experience with classics, to say nothing of ones three hundred years old, can pick it up with practically no trouble. Fast-paced and deeply engrossing, it quickly draws us in and never lets go. Initial readers thought it simply too good to be true; they had never seen anything like it - scarcely even thought it possible -, flocking to it as people now flock to blockbuster films and for much the same reason. This persists to a surprisingly large degree; the book is immensely entertaining even after all this time, drawing in readers of all ages and continuing to be frequently referenced, parodied, and adapted.
The plot itself is of course also key. Robinson is a rollicking, suspense-filled, action-packed adventure of the sort that did not really reappear until over a century later with writers like Dumas. The book was immediately seen as first-rate escapism and continues to be such; we lose ourselves in Crusoe's adventures in a way few books - or any other medium - allow. It is near-ubiquitously imitated - so many clichés began here that it is almost unbelievable - but never equaled.
The character of Crusoe is also profoundly important. One of literature's great figures, he captured initial readers' imaginations in an unprecedented way and is still a towering presence. Drastically different as his experience is from all but a few people's, he has the common humanity and verisimilitude necessary for a truly identifiable character. We feel with and for him almost as if we are him, experiencing his ups and downs much as if we lived them.
This points to another integral facet - stirring realism. Daniel Defoe set a new standard here, and it has in many ways rarely been equaled. Conventionally fantastic as Crusoe's adventures are, the near-documentary style has made them at least as real for millions of readers over centuries as anything in history books or the news - or even their own lives. This ground-breaking, titanically influential feature dramatically changed the very idea of what fiction could be - nay, in the view of most novel historians, all but invented it, at least in the West. Literature has never been the same, and many would say it has never been as good.
Robinson is also of great historical value. Though clearly far from showing what everyday early eighteenth century European life was like, the book gives a very good idea of its thoughts and customs as well as much background information. This lends Robinson value beyond literature but also brings up the greatest difficulty in reading it today - the glorification of values long since rightly deemed unacceptable. Strongly Eurocentric, many parts of Robinson now seem distinctly racist, and it unashamedly champions colonialism - a movement whose destructive tendencies we have learned all too well - when still in its heyday. Some will not be able to get past this, which is understandable, but it is important to see that Robinson was truly a product of its time - indeed in many ways epitomized it. Influential critics even see it is an unapologetic colonialist allegory. This is not an excuse but an explanation. The book shows the early eighteenth century world as it seemed to Europeans - bad as well as good; some of the latter would not have been thought so at the time, but this only increases the historical value. Robinson is thus almost ethnographical - though, as with the allegory interpretation, this was almost certainly not Defoe's intent; its sociological value is probably at least as great as its historical value. More fundamentally, despite a plot that was always in many ways fantastic and has now become so popular as to seem almost hopelessly clichéd, the book remains viable because it speaks to something deep within it. Though not philosophical or otherwise containing the depth of meaning some find essential to truly great literature, its vivid dramatization of can-do optimism in utter adversity's face has always appealed to the best in us. The eternal values of courage, determination, and perseverance have rarely been better or more memorably shown, making Robinson one of the most timeless depictions of the human spirit's endurance.
One admittedly large caveat aside, Robinson is simply essential for anyone even remotely interested in literature. The few who may be reading this and have not read it must do so immediately.
PLEASE READ THIS! Jan 8, 2010
Boring, tedious, verbose, rambling, yawn. He could have told this story in about 50 pages. A real snoozer. I understand that is an important work for it's place in history but seriously--YAWN!
Founder of the Adventure Genre Aug 31, 2009
Title: Robinson Crusoe Author: Daniel Defoe Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Barnes & Noble ISBN: 1-59308-169-3 October 2004, $7.95 Genre: Fiction/Classic
"In his own words, Robinson Crusoe tells how a terrible storm drowned all his shipmates and left him marooned on a deserted island. Forced to overcome despair, doubt, and self-pit, he struggles to create a life for himself in the wilderness. From practically nothing, Crusoe painstakingly learns how to make pottery, grow crops, domesticate livestock, and build a house. His many adventures are recounted in vivid detail, including a fierce battle with cannibals and his rescue of Friday, the man who becomes his trusted companion."
There are two essential plots in Robinson Crusoe, the primary plot being external - his travels and adventures, and the subplot being internal - his search for and discovery of faith. There are also two different scales on which to weigh this book. The one most commonly used is that which measures a book's literary value. It is undeniable that Robinson Crusoe made a tremendous contribution to the adventure novel genre... in fact, it was this book which founded said genre and inspired a host of other Crusoe-like tales throughout the following centuries including such bestsellers as The Swiss Family Robinson and Lord of the Flies. In a sense, Defoe unleashed the human desire for adventure, simple living, and an escape from society - a sanctuary, Crusoe's island. But what Defoe started, later authors improved upon. Minus the old English, Crusoe is still difficult to thoroughly enjoy simply because a great deal of the book moves at an excruciatingly slow pace. Over a third of the book is spent recounting in minute detail Crusoe's daily tasks while living on the island completely alone. The first bit of the book is enjoyable enough, the last part is certainly the best, and some of Crusoe's survival techniques are worth reading about in detail, but not all of them. Not over a hundred pages of them. If I were anything less than a compulsive reader, I would have stopped around the hundred page mark and missed out on the fine ending. Overall, Crusoe's tale is fascinating and enlightening, however, that middle section is just too tedious.
The second scale by which this book can be weighed is that of morality. The whole book is, in essence, about a man searching for purpose. He at first abandons home and family to go seek it on the high seas and ends up finding it in the place he would have least expected. Twenty some odd years completely isolated from human company on a desolate island with no one to talk to and plenty of struggle to survive opens Crusoe's heart to God, which gives his whole experience true purpose, an element lacking in so many adventure tales. This part of the novel is often overlooked, but deserves recognition.
*** A couple of notes about the B&N edition: First off, I am not at all fond of the introduction by L.J. Swingle. Swingle obviously dislikes any sort of religious thinking and comments that "a basic question arises from reading Defoe's novel is whether we should take the book to be somewhat akin to an upgraded version of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress (1678, 1684), a story designed finally, like an adventure-coated pill, to cultivate our own religious consciousness." If you ask me, our friend, Mr. Swingle, sounds unattractively cynic. Secondly, I dislike the fact that Barnes & Noble found it necessary to include Karl Marx's review of Crusoe in the commentary section at the back of the book. Suffice it to say that Marx completely distorts and borderline mutilates the values and purpose of the work as a whole. I think B&N could have found a more constructive commentary to enlighten the minds of readers. I realize that this is a matter of conjecture.
Part of: The Robinson Crusoe Trilogy Robinson Crusoe (Book One) The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (Book Two) Serious Reflections during the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (Book Three)
If you liked this book try... Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Realistic account of a man lost at sea Jul 21, 2009
I recommend this story to any person apprehensive in quenching their desire for adventure. It's a story for those people who want to follow some vague feeling of being pulled into the reality and pushed away from the artificial confines of society. It's a story for people who champion intuition over reason, courage over fear.
This is a story about a person like that. A man who bowed and politely backed away from the expectations and advice of others and into the sublimity of the unknown. Robinson Crusoe's decision ultimately led him shipwrecked, the owner of a very successful tobacco farm, befriending savages, and defending himself from cannibals, mutineers and wolves.
I'd love to say this a story of a principled and fearless man. A story about a man in love or about a strong man. Perhaps at times Robinson Crusoe is that man.
Overall this is an epic about an man in motion and transformation. Robinson Crusoe's lust for adventure brought him to and island where he would live alone from almost thirty years.