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Book Review
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
Jayde Bromwich
Plot summary:

Robinson Crusoe is an Englishman from the town of York in the seventeenth century, Robinson is committed to obeying his father’s order not to travel or leave home, but he eventually does what he desires and leaves on a ship heading to London with a friend. There is a terrible storm, but this does not dissuade Robinson from carrying on with his travels. Crusoe leaves London on another ship, and this is a successful financial venture thus he plans another trip. This voyage isn’t as successful and the ship is taken over by pirates who make Crusoe a slave in Sallee. Crusoe dreams of escaping and does so on a fishing trip with a young slave boy. Picked up by a Portuguese captain and they head to Brazil. There Crusoe becomes a successful plantation owner and thus goes on a slave gathering expedition; this is where disaster strikes and leaves Robinson Crusoe shipwrecked alone on an island.

Crusoe lives in harmony, growing and gathering food, raising a goat and improves and grows his relationship with God. He begins to devote large amounts of time on religious reflection and prayer. For years Crusoe lives thinking he is alone on the island, but finds a footprint on the sand implying otherwise. Crusoe investigates and finds human remains and realises there are cannibals inhabiting the island. Crusoe comes into contact with the cannibals and saves one of their victims and names him Friday.

Friday and Crusoe live together like father and son and Crusoe teaches Friday some English and converts him to a Christian, and soon Crusoe and Friday save two more victims. A Spanish man and Friday’s father.

A while later Crusoe and Friday spot an English ship and decide to somehow board and take over the ship. They cleverly confuse the mutineers and board the ship. They then leave for England. Crusoe escapes the Island after living there for 27 years. Although when he returns he finds his parents are...
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