The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

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Macmillan Company, 1904 - 566 pages

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I read this book first being around 13-14 y.o. despite my expectations (based on previously read 'Treasure Island' by R. L. Stevenson) I absolutely loved this book. I'm re-reading it once-twice per year for 16 years now. Although I almost remember whole thing to the word, i still can't get tired of it. It just as good as 'The mysterious island' by Jules Verne. 

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What a wonderful treat to rediscover this great book after all these years. My grandmother read to me when I was a child over fifty years ago, and I had overlooked it ever since. Defoe is an excellent writer with a simple, straightforward prose style that is remarkably clear and easy to read despite having been written over three centuries ago. Once I started, I couldn't stop until I had read the whole thing. It's no wonder this story has stood the test of time. 

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Page 88 - I came home to my fortification, not feeling, as we say, the ground I went on, but terrified to the last degree, looking behind me at every two or three steps, mistaking every bush and tree, and fancying every stump at a distance to be a man. Nor is it possible to describe how many various shapes...
Page 88 - It happened one day about noon, going towards my boat, I was exceedingly surprised with the print of a man's naked foot on the shore, which was very^ plain to be seen in the sand.
Page 136 - It was remarkable, too, we had but three subjects, and they were of three different religions. My man Friday was a Protestant, his father was a Pagan and a cannibal, and the Spaniard was a Papist. However, I allowed liberty of conscience throughout my dominions.
Page 53 - Call upon me in the day of trouble, and I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Page 110 - I was loath to fire, because I would not have the rest hear; though at that distance, it would not have been easily heard; and being out of sight of the smoke too, they would not have easily known what to make of it.
Page 85 - ... one on the other : I had another belt not so broad, and fastened in the same manner, which hung over my shoulder ; and at the end of it, under my left arm, hung two pouches, both made of...
Page 73 - In the first place, I was removed from all the wickedness of the world here. I had neither the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, or the pride of life. I had nothing to covet; for I had all that I was now capable of enjoying. I was lord of the whole manor; or if I pleased, I might call myself king, or emperor over the whole country which I had possession of. There were no rivals. I had no competitor, none to dispute sovereignty or command with me.
Page 88 - I went up to a rising ground to look farther; I went up the shore, and down the shore, but it was all one; I could see no other impression but that one. I went to it again to see if there were any more, and to observe if it might not be my fancy; but there was no room for that, for there was exactly the very print of a foot, toes, heel, and every part of a foot; how it came thither I knew not, nor could in the least imagine.

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