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Topic: True Historical Fiction! Written in 1719! Fabulous!

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Subject: True Historical Fiction! Written in 1719! Fabulous!
Date Posted: 1/5/2009 5:58 PM ET
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Subject: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Date Posted: 1/5/2009 6:03 PM ET
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Okay, don't laugh. Barnes and Nobles put out an Exclusive edition of the original Robinson Crusoe and it is NOT FOR KIDS. The Robinson Crusoe we all learned about in school and on tv is NOTHING like the REAL BOOK. It is an incredible read. What I found really fascinating about it was how much alike people in 1719 thought to the way we do today. Hard to explain, but as you read it and realize the guy writing it knew nothing of anything to come in the world beyond 1719...it made me realize that while we might think of them as more 'backward' than us---not true! I'm not posting this book because I want to keep it, but please give it a try. There is so much more to the story than finding 'Friday' which only comes towards the end. It took me about 27 pages to 'get into' the way they spoke as it is very different from today, but after getting the gist of it, the rest all went smoothly. The Barnes and Nobles edition was put out in 1996. Now this is true historical fiction.
Subject: AND....
Date Posted: 1/5/2009 6:25 PM ET
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Okay, I haven't got the gist exactly on how this thing works yet--I mean like what is 'ignore this member?' Sounds ominous. On Robinson Crusoe written in 1719. The other thing that really got to me about it was if I remember correctly it was written by a 60 yr old man in 1719 who prior to that had not written 'fiction.' As I read it slowly, completely enraptured in my big green chair, I kept trying to picture where in what room this 60 yr old man was penning this fabulous book. Like what atmosphere was he writing in? Did he have a feather, a candle, a window? And where oh where did he find all of that imagination? This book does NOT just take place on an island! He gives you an incredibly glimpse into what many countries were like to trvel in, in the year 1719.
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 10:11 AM ET
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Robinson Crusoe has always been one of my favorite's for just the reasons you mentioned. The story is so much more than what we learned as kids!

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Date Posted: 1/6/2009 12:25 PM ET
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Valli, Thanks for the tips. I'm a charter member of the club and have been very happy with it, but have never looked at any of the other 'stuff' like the forums, etc. until I was snowed in this past Christmas. Are you in Alabama then? I didn't see a profile on you. I'm a voracious reader of biographies, historical fiction and nonfiction. My bookshelf is however eclectic because my 85 yr old mother gives me from time to time some of her books to post. I let her request some on my Wish List too. When I order a book I read it first, then it goes to my 85 yr old mother and father who are isolated because she is caretaker of my father who has 100% dementia and they live farther out from town..and she's always been a voracious reader herself (their house is bookshelves I swear in every room floor to ceiling but they get rid of only a few! Even their garage contains 30 or more boxes of paperbacks that have been sitting there like 20 yrs now unopened--it's scary!). Anyway I read it first, then pass it on to them, they return it and I pass it on to my 38 yr old daughter who 'can't afford to buy books'....so each book is read by 3 or 4 before I repost it. I used to then send it on to a friend in CA but have given that up due to expense and the economy and having to cut back where you can. I'll do my best to keep up with the forum.
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 12:37 PM ET
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This site has the full text of Robinson Crusoe with the N. C. Wyeth illustrations.  Robinson Crusoe was a great basket maker :-)

www.deadmentellnotales.com/onlinetexts/robinson/crusoe.shtml

Subject: Thank you!
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 12:50 PM ET
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What an incredible find! I would love to own the one with the illustrations--I will search for it to buy to put into my KEEPER bookshelf! Thanks for sharing that info.
Subject: wondering
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 12:56 PM ET
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The real text is definitely not for childrens reading--too macabre (no pun intended)...but I'm wondering if the illustrated versions are slightly different versions made for children? I just noticed on Amazon it seemed to label it childrens? Still checking...
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 2:00 PM ET
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I think I must have had a children's version too but that's been a long time ago :)  I was surprised to see the real version.

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 3:19 PM ET
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The only Robinson Crusoe versions on Amazon which were illustrated all said somewhere 'abridged' or what age group it was abridged for---so I'm thinking the original 'adult' version may be the Barnes and Noble one? Anyway, great find you saw and I loved the illustrations even looking at them online.