Title: Robinson Crusoe
Author: Daniel Defoe
Page Count/Review Word Count: 212
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.