Robinson Crusoe September 12, 2007Posted by Jeff in Books.
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:
- 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.
- 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.