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Robinson Crusoe September 12, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Books.
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This was a really great book.  I listened to a recording from librivox.org.  Check it out, if you want.  They have tons of free, public domain recordings of the classics.

It was clean, though a bit disgusting on the discussion of the cannibalistic savages.  I never could understand two things, though:

  1. Why Crusoe was unable to make a bigger boat.  He was on the island for 28 years or so, but he never figured out how to saw more than one plank from a felled tree.  He also never figured out how to craft a sealant for applying to the connections between planks in a would-be boat.  The best he could do was to make a dugout canoe.
  2. Why the island wasn’t overrun by the goats, since there were no obvious natural predators for them and there was more than abundant food for them to eat.

This is a great example of the classics being better than similar modern stories – I thought Robinson Crusoe was a much better story than the movie Castaway.

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