I recently had the chance and re-read one of my favorite books from childhood, Robinson Crusoe that I had forgotten was saved on my Kindle Fire. This novel was written by Daniel Defoe in 1719 and has remained as one of the great story lines throughout the past few centuries. The plot focuses on an adventurer named Robinson Crusoe who ventures far from home against the wishes of his parents to forge his own destiny and travel the sea. A series of events eventually leave him stranded on a tropical deserted island where he must struggle to survive. By overcoming his despair and becoming industrious, Robinson is able to survive and eventually prosper on the island.
There is a good deal more to the storyline and I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but it’s sufficient to say that there is a lot of action in the book. While this a story that generally seems to appeal more to young boys and not females (like myself), I can’t help but feel a longing for adventures every time I read it. The theme of seeking out adventure and not just conforming to the career and lifestyle chosen by one’s parents seems to strike a chord with the younger generation. Probably for this reason it’s a theme that is echoed time and time again in young adult literature. Continue reading