Tag: Desert Island

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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William Golding – Lord of the Flies | Review

Title: Lord of the Flies

Author: William Golding

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 225

Rating: 9/10

 

William Golding - Lord of the Flies

William Golding – Lord of the Flies

 

Lord of the Flies is an indisputable classic, and while it’s the only William Golding book that I’ve read, it’s left me wanting to read some more of his work. Without Lord of the Flies, a whole slew of modern film and literature wouldn’t exist, and Battle Royale and The Hunger Games in particular stand out as examples of the long reach of Golding’s influence.

The novel tells the story of a group of schoolchildren who find themselves stranded on a desert island after a plane crash, and their subsequent descent in to anarchy and brutality. It’s a classic tale, one that verges on both dystopian fiction and a serious sociological study, and it’s a book that everyone should read at some point in their lives, the earlier the better.

As a writer, Golding is up there with the best, and I can’t help feeling that his literary talents have been somewhat overlooked – sure, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature with this novel and it was praised by Kingsley Amis and E. M. Forster, but Golding never achieved the level of recognition that was awarded to Hemingway, Orwell and the like, who were writing with the same skill a decade earlier.

 

William Golding

William Golding

 

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