** B is for a BOOK review **
One of my '30 Before 30' challenges is to read the top 5 books of all time. "Robinson Crusoe", by Daniel Defoe, is one of these, according to The Guardian. It's a classic, and I was intrigued by the story as a wilderness lover and an avid traveler.
I'd already seen the Tom Hanks film 'Castaway' and didn't really enjoy it, but could appreciate there's not a lot you could do with a film about a man spending that much time on his own with only a football for company. How would a book on a similar theme compare, I wondered? Books are better than the film, in most cases...
This is my review of 'Robinson Crusoe' in a chronology of thoughts as I read through the book.
First thoughts: Small pages, big text. I should fly through this! There were also no chapter breaks. I wonder, is this a modern invention? I've never read an adult fiction novel without chapters before.
Grr. Am annoyed the back of the book told me what the front cover depicts (not very well) - spoiler!
"After this I spent a great deal of time and pains to make me an umbrella. I was indeed in great want of one, and had a great mind to make one." (page 172)
Looking forward to this bit..... "The hanged pirate"!!!
Another sign of the times was that RC talked so much about God. Highly reverent, praying and repenting constantly... It got a little old.
I wonder how Defoe researched his novel… There was no Google or Bear Grylls to advise back in the 1700’s, and travel was the work of explorers or tradesmen – rarely work for a writer!
However, another reason I might have struggled with this book was it is riddled with words I’d not heard of before (e.g. ADZE – a kind of tool?). I learnt a lot, but it wasn't enjoyable learning...