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Robinson Crusoe
Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Defoe
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TheAromaofBooks
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Oh my word, we are already more than halfway through June!! So it's time to see who would like to read along for July's #RandomClassic - Robinson Crusoe!! I've been wanting to reread this one for years.

In a trick move, I have two editions of this book. They seem to be the same text, but one is divided into 20 chapters, and the other isn't! So if you are planning to read along, let me know whether or not your book has chapters and we will see ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) what kind of schedule we can draw up haha

Originally published in 1719, some people consider this the first English novel. Defoe was a Puritan, so while there is plenty of adventure in this story, you can also expect some moralistic preaching, along with thoughts and themes that may not jive with our modern sensibilities.

Tagging my master list, and you can let me know if you'd like to join me in July!!
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BarkingMadRead I‘m in! 4d
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Lcsmcat I‘m in, and my version has 20 chapters. 4d
BarkingMadRead I will check my version later and let you know how many chapters are in it! 4d
Cuilin Have my copy!! I‘m in. 4d
Read4life Mine has 20 chapters. 4d
wanderinglynn I tried Robinson Crusoe but just couldn‘t finish it. I DNF‘d it. But I‘d like to join in August for Fahrenheit 451. 4d
ChaoticMissAdventures I can't join for July but would love to be tagged in this group if possible? I love 451 and would join in August! 4d
CatLass007 I‘ll be listening to the audio version. The version I‘ll be using is broken up into 39 chapters. 4d
Librarybelle I won‘t be able to join for July, but I‘ll be back for August!! 4d
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead @Cuilin @Lcsmcat @Read4life - Woohoo!! I have you all down for this one. I think we're going to read a chapter a day based on the 20-chapter division, but I'll draw up a schedule that gives us a sentence or two to show where we should be each week, so we can hopefully stay together 😂 3d
TheAromaofBooks @wanderinglynn - I feel you!! I'm hoping the slower pace makes it easier to read haha But I'll see you in August - I haven't ever read Fahrenheit 451 and am weirdly looking forward to it. 3d
TheAromaofBooks @ChaoticMissAdventures - Yay!! I'll add you to the master list - I tag everyone each month, and you can opt in or out for that month's book. In general, we read a chapter a day until we finish the book, so sometimes a book will carry over into a new month - for instance, right now I'm still finishing May's book (East of Eden) while also reading June's book (Puck of Pook's Hill). 3d
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - Sounds good!!! 3d
nanuska_153 Can you add me too? I bought this one in a second hand shop years ago and I haven't read it yet. Pretty sure I read it as a child but I just have a very faint memory of some images 3d
TheAromaofBooks @nanuska_153 - Definitely!!! Would you like to be added to the master list (if you're interested in any of the future books) or just for Robinson Crusoe? 2d
nanuska_153 @TheAromaofBooks add me to the master list in case I'm tempted to join other books please! 2d
TheAromaofBooks @nanuska_153 - Yay!! I tag everyone each month and then everyone decides if they want to opt in or out for that book. Then as we're reading, I try to post every Monday to check in. It's suuuper chill and mostly a way to keep myself accountable so I actually read these books 😂 1d
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AroundTheBookWorld
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dabbe #word 🖤🩶🖤 5mo
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Ak_Kh
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Mehso-so

Been reading it for my thesis, so I can't say I have enjoyed it.

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AroundTheBookWorld
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I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family, though not of that country, my father being a foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull.
#RobinsonCrusoe #DanielDefoe #firstline #openingline #book #books #bookdeal #bookdeals #bookdealer #bookdragon #bookdragons #bookdesign #bookdesigner #bookfeature #bookfeatures #bookfair #Classics #Fiction #Adventure #Literature #HistoricalFiction #Novels #18thCentury #ClassicLiterature

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AroundTheBookWorld
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Robinson Crusoe, as a young and impulsive wanderer, defied his parents and went to sea. He was involved in a series of violent storms at sea and was warned by the captain that he should not be a seafaring man. Ashamed to go home, Crusoe boarded another ship and returned from a successful trip to Africa.
#RobinsonCrusoe #DanielDefoe #book #books #bookgeek #Classics #Fiction #Adventure #Literature #HistoricalFiction #Novels #18thCentury ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥🤎

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Ak_Kh
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Ak_Kh
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📖 Started working on my MA thesis (for real this time)! I have to delve further and further into this novel and read a pile of journals/articles related to it.

julesG Best of luck! 11mo
Ak_Kh @julesG Thank you! 11mo
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swynn
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Mehso-so

(1719) Awkward pacing, religious moralizing, and pervasive racism, combined with ethics that rank disobeying one's parents as the deadliest of sins but enslaving one's neighbor as God's divine plan, make this very difficult to read except as an interesting piece of literary history. But it is interesting.

Graywacke Cool that you read it. But i guess it‘s not a very good life guide. 🙂 1y
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What makes a classic? Not sure but Robinson Crusoe qualifies for me. I used to teach it, and each time, it gave me something new to think about and/or appreciate about it.
That said, I can understand never wanting to read this book. 🤣
#LetterR @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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VioletMoonBooks
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All these things, with some very surprising incidents in some new adventures of my own, for ten years more, I may perhaps give a farther account of hereafter.
#RobinsonCrusoe #DanielDefoe #lastline #closingline #book #books #bookdesign #bookdesigner #bookdeal #bookdeals #bookdragon #bookdragons #bookfeature #bookfeatures #bookfair #bookfan #bookfandom #bookfever #bookfanatic #bookfrenzy #bookgeek #Classics #Fiction #Adventure #Literature ❤️‍🔥

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Mehso-so

This was between a Pick and a So-So. A grand adventure tale, written in the early 1700s.

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Morr_Books
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Panpan

This is my final completed book of the 24 hour readathon. While I love my illustrated copy of Robinson Crusoe, this book was not as entertaining/adventurous as I thought it would be.
#readathon @DeweysReadathon

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CrowCAH
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#Haunted #freakyFRIDAY
#Movie2BookRecs #LetterC #CastAway

This book is hitting a lot of the themes for today: having Friday as a character, a C in the title for Crusoe, and an all around great book to read about a cast away.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚🙌🏻 3y
Eggs 👏🏻📚👌🏼 3y
Klou 😊📚👍 3y
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VioletMoonBooks
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I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family, though not of that country, my father being a foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull.
#RobinsonCrusoe #DanielDefoe #firstline #openingline #book #books #bookdesign #bookdesigner #bookdeal #bookdealer #bookdragon #bookdragons #bookfeature #bookfeatures #bookfair #bookfan #bookfandom #bookfever #bookfanatic #bookfrenzy #bookgeek #Classics #Fiction #Adventure #Literature 💜💜

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Gertjan10
Pickpick

Loved it

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Whalien99
Mehso-so

Liked it

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jenniferw88
Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Dafoe
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#bestbuddyread #galsandpals #galentinesbuddyread @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Survivor by Destiny's Child was playing from the playlist & that song reminds me of the tagged book, and my notetaker friends from uni.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4RGl8MWxN1sCmnjvpvReMj?si=ppAVVBD4Q6mrQ1c0iukp...

Cinfhen I‘m so excited to jump into your playlist, Jenny!! I see lots of Britney/ my daughter‘s FAVORITE artist in the world 💕💕💕💕 3y
BarbaraBB What a cool list! 3y
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Auntynanny
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Pickpick

I borrowed this as an audiobook from the library, and it ended up being a heavily abridged radio drama. I enjoyed the dramatization, but I don't really feel the need to read the full version of the novel.

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Schwifty
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Mehso-so

While a classic, being the first English novel and such, and with all due respect to Defoe‘s creativity, the story is awkward at times especially when the journal as narrative device fails to keep the reader compelled. Defoe makes up for this somewhat with the psychological thriller of the latter half of the story when Crusoe finds the lone footprint in the sand on his “deserted” island and later frets and plots against the threat of cannibals.

jenniferw88 Haha! Great review. You got past the 50 pages on how to make bread! 4y
Schwifty @jenniferw88 Lol. And the detailed specs on the fences and the rice and barley harvests and the failed attempts at pottery... 4y
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julesG
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#BookMail

#RaisingReaders

DD wants to read Robinson Crusoe first. ❤️❤️❤️

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Ooh - you‘ve got two of my faves here - Jackaby and Nimona! 4y
julesG This was basically all requested by my daughter. She caught a glimpse of Nimona at the library some months ago but due to Covid we haven't been able to check it out. So I was happy when I could, eventually, get a used copy. It's not used though, neither are any of the others. 😁 I'm looking forward to reading Jackaby with my daughter. 4y
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suffisaunce
Pickpick

This has many aspects we might find problematic, most specifically from a postcolonial aspect, and it has 'early novel features'--a final travelogue in Europe--where we would expect narrative unity and closure. However, it is a fascinating read for all of those reasons; I am still inclined to think that it is better to study the past than to suppress it. Maybe not if you love animals, mind you 😏 ...

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jenniferw88
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Just some of the books I studied with Chris, aka the Lion!

#back2school #bunnyread @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Billypar I think Lunar Park and Bunny might be kindred spirits. 4y
Cinfhen You‘re parents got their money‘s worth!!!! I can‘t remember any books I read in college 🙄 4y
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thepostman96
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I‘m not sure if it‘s the dry, wordy prose or my Jigglypuff bookmark that keeps making me 😴

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CrowCAH
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#ItsASmallWorld Day 31: #SwissFamilyRobinson
#Disney #MagicKingdom

I went in the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse while in my Disney trip; here‘s a picture of the kitchen room; it was decorated in ship/nautical style!

I read Robinson Crusoe, inspired by a real maroon. It wasn‘t as epic as movies or TV shows portray it, but the takeaway is there was a lot of goats on the island.

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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Mehso-so

I didn't hate Robinson Crusoe, but I just couldn't get on board with the colonialist BS it espoused (even in context). The “englightened“ Englishman “redeeming“ the “savage“, ugh. It did convince me that I would never survive a shipwreck on a deserted island though. I'd just drink whatever booze I could salvage and meet my maker shortly thereafter 🥂 Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/robinson-crusoe-daniel-defoe/ #ClassicBooks

Scochrane26 😂😂😂 4y
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ju.ca.no
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Well I‘m not very good at cutting straight lines, but I didn‘t want to just throw this old bookcover calendar away. They may be a bit crooked but I still think they are nice enough postcards. So if you ever receive one of these- keep in mind that I gave my best😂😂😂

LittleBug They‘re gorgeous!!💕 5y
Tamra Terrific idea! 5y
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wanderinglynn What a neat idea! 5y
Soubhiville So cute! 5y
sudi They look great and very vintage 😍 5y
LeahBergen They‘re lovely! 5y
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Come-read-with-me
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🌴. Robinson Cruso 🧦 Socks always socks. ✈️ Highest elevation was a plane. 🤢Liver and onions. 🎃Absolutely! #friyayintro

Sace But... Liver and onions are tasty 😢 (I'm weird.) 5y
Come-read-with-me @Sace As I grew up, liver and onions were a monthly thing in our house. My Mum loved them. In fact she belonged to a club called the ‘Liver Lovers Luncheons” - they loved this stuff so much they even had a theme song “We love liver yes we do. We love liver how ‘bout you? “ It‘s much longer than this first line - I‘ve repressed it! So if you are weird you are in great company! 5y
Sace @Come-read-with-me My mother made the best liver and onions. I could never make it as well as she did. 5y
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serllolo
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#7days7covers #7covers7days #day2
A late night (at least in #Spain) 🙃
My favorite adventures book from my favorite editor 👌

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Exbrarian
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Panpan

Often considered the first English novel, the bar was set low. What a painful trudge it was. If you see it on a list of "must reads" I assure you a synopsis will do.

Chrys I tried to read this one and bailed. Glad to know I am not the I my one who thought it‘s not a great read 5y
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EmilieGR
Mehso-so

Much more dry than you would expect

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wanderinglynn
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As I was reading Pirates by Helen Hollick, she mentioned Robinson Crusoe, which I had never read. Since it‘s one of the free classic downloads for Kindle, I downloaded it yesterday. But so far, I‘m finding it a bit of a slog to get through because it was written in 1719. Let‘s hope it gets a bit better once he‘s shipwrecked. it also could be because I‘m trying to read it on my iphone. Maybe it‘ll be a bit easier on my Kindle.

ravenlee I read this recently. For the record, it doesn‘t get much better after the shipwreck. It‘s interesting, overall, but it is haaaaard to get through! 5y
wanderinglynn @ravenlee I figured. Even though it‘s in first person, the writing of the early 1700s is just so dense! 5y
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ravenlee
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The adventure story is interesting, if tedious at parts and rife with coincidence. The moralizing and the arrogance of the MC was very hard to take, even trying ti appreciate that it‘s a product of its times.

The most interest part for me was solving the mystery of the out-of-order pages (109-112-111-110-113), and because of that error this copy probably won‘t stay in my library. Glad to be done with this one!

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ravenlee
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“There was a letter of my partner‘s, congratulating me very affectionately upon my being alive...”

I think Hallmark has overlooked a niche market here.

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ravenlee
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This whole section just makes me ill. Even allowing for context it‘s infuriating.

And one of the first words he teaches him is “master”?! I‘ve been enjoying this story fairly well, for hating all the moralizing and finding the MC hard to stomach, but this is giving me real trouble.

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Bob has just found a spot on his island he‘a never seen before (in 15 years there?!) and is horrified to discover evidence of cannibalistic feasts by nearby savages.

And my mind immediately conjures Captain Jack Sparrow running from the cannibals in the second Pirates of the Caribbean. Which is much more entertaining than Robinson Crusoe‘s moralizing.

merelybookish I really like this book. I taught it for a while and it always surprised and educated me. BUT the main character is AWFUL! I like to believe that was intentional on Defoe's part. 5y
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KimM
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Mehso-so

I keep an Audible book queued up for those times I need help falling asleep. This was the perfect book for that 😊 Take that as you will. 😴

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“But I had forgot then what I learned afterwards...”

Not sure how that works, exactly.

charl08 I don't know either, but the older I get, the more new ways I discover to forget stuff!! 5y
Nute This statement is causing an instant headache.🤕 5y
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ravenlee
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Too late.

BibliOphelia 😂 5y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 😆😂😂 5y
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ravenlee
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Okay, I get it - good ol‘ Bob is getting saved. But what kind of arrogant asshole can believe that his ship was lost and the entire crew drowned to teach HIM a lesson? And what kind of god would actually do that?

This book is bringing up some of my issues with Christianity/Christians.

LoverofLit Agreed. Older literature especially brings me those same feelings of disbelief and frustration. 5y
rretzler 👍🏻 5y
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ravenlee
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Interesting - less afraid of the act than of the discovery and consequences of it being known.

This is why teachers/principals/parents ask “are you sorry you did/said it or sorry you got caught?”

jenniferw88 Enjoy the 52 pages on how to make bread! 😂😂😂 5y
ravenlee @jenniferw88 so far the biggest problem is that the print is tiny! I‘m really starting to feel old reading it. Still, it‘s going better than the book I bailed on yesterday, so I guess I‘m good. 5y
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Carolyn11215

Reading this for #litsyclassicsatoz, which I‘ll finish some time in 2019. 🤪

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teainthelibrary
Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Dafoe
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I just couldn‘t do it. For months I struggled to read it, but eventually I stopped picking it up and couldn‘t bring myself to care about it. Made it just over 100 pages.. it was dense and boring. Meh.

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Tonton
Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Dafoe

It‘s almost 4:30am so definitely don‘t want to start reading so will leave you with this information on a bookseller gig in the Maldives : perfect to rethink your job Monday!
https://www.facebook.com/28205874672/posts/10156699865979673/

DivineDiana Love this! Thank you! 😀 6y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Quite an obvious one for today‘s #SOS
#ABBAInAugust

Meredith3 Perfect! 👏🏻 6y
Mdargusch Great choice! 👍🏼 6y
Cathythoughts 💙👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6y
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emilyhaldi Another classic I haven‘t read! 6y
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