Tag: Attitude

Daniel Defoe – Robinson Crusoe | Review

Title: Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 212

Rating: 4/5

 

 

I didn’t have particularly high expectations for this, especially after I read the first chapter or two and decided that I’d rather read it 25 pages at a time before bed instead of as my main book. That’s because the first and last couple of chapters in this weren’t as engaging as the bulk of the novel, and the ending suffered from Stephen King syndrome and just sort of petered out.

But as for the bulk of the novel, the part that was set on the desert island, I thought it was fantastic. I’d also forgotten that Man Friday was a character, and I thought that it was cool that his father popped up as well. In fact, by the end of the novel, the island is more populated than I thought possible, even with all of Defoe’s little hints that Crusoe would need all of the defences he was building.

Of course, it’s a little colonialist and doesn’t have the best attitude towards the savages, but it actually holds up pretty well as a whole when you consider just how old it is. I’d recommend it if you’re into classics.

 

 

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Agatha Christie – Come, Tell Me How You Live | Review

Title: Come, Tell Me How You Live

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 192

Rating: 4/5

This book was heavy going just because of the way in which it was written and the complexity of the subject matter, but it was also a lot of fun. In it, Christie writes about her experiences going on archaeological digs with her husband Max Mallowan before the outbreak of the Second World War, which makes this an interesting mix of memoir, travel writing and historical non-fiction.

Having already read An Autobiography by Agatha Christie, I have to say that this feels more like a missing chunk of the autobiography than a standalone memoir in its own right. Still, I was fascinated by what Christie had to share here, and while there was a little bit of a colonialist attitude from time to time, it didn’t ruin the thing.

For me, there’s a lot to love here, but I can also see why this wouldn’t be the perfect book for everyone. You’ll need to have at least a passing interest in archaeology, though.

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