Sunday, July 7, 2013

Robinson Crusoe

Another Manybooks.net treasure: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe is available to download free in just about every electronic format. From one of the comments:
.... The other thing that struck me as I read this book for what must have been the fifth time is how profoundly religious it is. ....

What [Robinson Crusoe] gives us is a profoundly Protestant view of salvation: A man—a sinner, and a willful one at that—is left alone with the Bible, discovers within himself the forgotten seeds of Protestant (Defoe is explicit about that) Christianity, reconciles himself with God, and proceeds to convert the unbeliever. Whatever one thinks of this as an ideology, I think Defoe’s incorporation of it into his story was brilliant. The whole thing is a Protestant morality tale ....