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Kwang Jin Choi
5.0 out of 5 starsThank you very very much!
Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2013
I really appreciate your help for sending me this nice book! Even if I ordered the book for my English class, it is really helpful for me to improve my English reading skills!
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat language and characterization
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2003
This is not a novel for those who like quick action and a lot of dialogue. Robinson Crusoe is superbly written, and tends to draw out the events, with a great deal of imagery provided in order to describe everything with minute details. Seeing as to how this is one of my favorite novels, I have read Robinson Crusoe probably about six times, in more than one language. My favorite aspect of this novel is the language in which it is written. Defoe's ability to make every word worth reading is enough to captivate and ignite the imagination. I do not think that if you like fast-paced novels that you would enjoy this masterpiece, but it is a matter of personal preference. If you enjoy well-developed character, then Robinson Crusoe's charater is one worth devoting your time to. Defoe creates a human being, with faults and flaws, as well as dignified qualities. Robinson Crusoe is truly worthy of emulation, and is one of the greatest-developed characters in a work of literature. I recommend this novel to anyone who is willing to take the time to read every sentence and who is not so impatient as to expect action to appear on every page of the novel.
5.0 out of 5 starsDefoe: A Mind Acute, Curious, And Alive
Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2019
This review does not concentrate on Daniel Defoe's faux autobiography (1719), which nowadays is doubtless better known than it is read. Instead, my focus is on the series of which it is a member: Oxford World Classics, published in the late twentieth century. Consider this an attractively jacketed, hardcover, well-bound Penguin: 4.5" x 6.5" x 1.5", easily portable in purse or briefcase. If you like to read classics as classics, not as Kindles, this should appeal. This edition (1999) is introduced by J. M. Coetzee, two-time winner of the Booker Prize (1983 for "The Life and Times of Michael K"; 1999, for "Disgrace"). Coetzee's view of Defoe and his best-known book is clear-eyed and level-headed: "It is not [Defoe's] best book … ; Nevertheless, [its] core is Defoe at his best. … For page after page—for the first time in the history of fiction—we see a minute, ordered description of how things are done" (pp. viii–ix).
As with the dozen other members of this Oxford collection, a downside to this volume is the size of its type. Even though "Crusoe" is not nearly as long as Eliot's "Middlemarch," also available in this series, the point-size of Oxford's attractive font is about 9 or 10. Older readers, like myself, will need reading glasses. Another downside may be availability: the classic novels in this series seem not to have stayed in hardback print very long. In any event these are handsome, compact volumes: here, just over 300 pages long. Because the cover image is not available, I should report that its dust jacket's dominant colors are robin's-egg blue and cream; its design identical to others in the series, like Collins's "The Moonstone" and Brontë's "Wuthering Heights."
5.0 out of 5 starsEin Klassiker, der trotzdem spannend ist
Reviewed in Germany on February 27, 2016
Habe das Buch für mein Englisch Seminar gebraucht und war eh schon gespannt, weil ich das Buch immer schon einmal lesen wollte. Es unterscheidet sich natürlich sehr von den klassischen Kinderbüchern dazu, aber es war wirklich spannend zu lesen und auch von der Sprache verständlich.