Thoughts on Providence from Robinson Crusoe

thRobinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe isnt read much anymore.  When asked, most people muster a vague recollection of a story involving a man shipwrecked on an island, learning to live in a primitive wilderness all by himself . Many who attempt to read it either lose interest because Crusoe doesn’t even get shipwrecked on the island for several chapters (much like Moby Dick, which takes a hundred pages to get Ishmael out to sea).  Those that persevere frequently lament that the book becomes a tedious literary version of a survival guide, a “what to do if you are ever stranded on a desert island” kind of book.  Most people, not needing such a manual, pass on the opportunity to read this work…to their loss.  Continue reading

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