A great series of short video interviews by John Harris, as part of his National Conversations series, also including clips from members of the public.
This is the Richard Dawkins one which obviously focusses on religion and God.
I also watched the Lauren Laverne one which talks about women’s role in television and gender issues.
‘Although commonly referred to as simply Robinson Crusoe the book’s complete, original title as it appears on the title page of the first edition is The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un‐inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver’d by Pyrates.’
Well, whatever Daniel Defoe wanted to call it, it still remains one of the classic tales. I’m not surprised it has more editions than any other book (apart from the Bible and a few others!) – it’s a good story of adventure and excitement. My second digital book.
It was written in 1719 and so would have been a very exciting tale indeed and there are some interesting historical references in there. I imagine the main reason it’s been reprinted so many times is the strong religious content. Apparently Defoe’s follow up books with Robinson as the main character turned into rambling moral and religious sermons, but the original book would have mass appeal to Christians and there are many moral struggles in there. It’s a tale of his path into the ‘light’ after seeing the error of his ways – and in the process, making a HUGE amount of money, partly from the slave trade! Double bonus – salvation and wedge.
Anyway, ignore my sarcastic tone – it’s worth reading but it does veer off course in parts! I also liked the ‘self-help’ aspect and he turned into a very handy person to have around the place.