Robinson Crusoe is a classic story inspired by the experience of Alexander Selkirk marooned for 4 years and 4 months on the largest of the Juan Fernandez Islands 400 miles off Valparaiso, Chile.
This is a story that builds up slowly and becomes more and more readable as the time passes. It is a testimony to how adaptable a man can become in order to survive and I marvel at Defoe’s research that makes this story so believable.
After 28 years, 2 months, and 19 days Crusoe leaves his island home, but will he return? Read the book and find out.
And there’s one line which surely must count as one of the greatest understatements in a novel:
It is true I had been very unfortunate by sea