I say: This is one of the worst books I have ever read. Knowing me, I’m sure that’s not saying much, but it still needs to be uttered.
I passionately hate this book.
Which is rather sad, because I read this when I was younger and had nothing but fond memories of it. I realise now that I read a simplified version where they had removed all of the sordid details. And I by sordid I mean racism, imperialism, an overt Christian agenda, and just plain boring.
It took me well over a week to finish this because every time I picked it up, I would read a few pages and nod off.
I wrote an analysis of Robinson where I slated him completely for being a selfish, conceited, racist and downright idiot of a person. He takes credit for surviving on the island when all he did was repeat things he’d seen done while living in England, Africa and South America. The reason he’s stranded on the island is because he wants to help some South Americans sail to Africa to bring back slaves.
Serves him right, except he should have drowned.
I mean, for serious. Do we really want to herald this man as a hero? The same man who doesn’t care if the “savages” on the island kill and eat their own kind, but woe betide them if they try to eat a white man – oh no, then they’ve gone too far and Robinson kills them all. Then he makes Friday his slave and makes him call him “Master.” And this is after spending 24 years whining about how he wants a companion to talk to.
Pardon my French, but
fuck Robinson Crusoe.
He finds religion while on the island and then uses that to justify whatever heinous action he feels like doing. He’s a vile murderer who also slaughters animals all willy-nilly because of his total lack of common sense. The expression “monkey see, monkey do” just about sums him up until he finds religion and through it his own sense of superiority.
I don’t believe in burning books but I won’t deny the satisfaction I’d get out of witnessing the pages of this twaddle set alight.
Why I’d never...
I'd comment on the writing but it seems rather redundant since it put me to sleep.