Sunday, 14 September 2008

Day 14 - Robinson Crusoe

Just a short post today; I went to the cinema this afternoon (The Dark Knight called me back for a third viewing) and in my travelling I've come within twenty pages of the end of Robinson Crusoe, which I'm reading for the first time.

I've really enjoyed reading it, and I'll put a more full review up over on Racing Entropy at some point over the next few days (as time with my job allows); I've loved reading of Crusoe's resourcefulness, and also of how his faith develops over his years on the island. In the final quarter of the book a sentence really jumped out at me though, and I felt I just had to share it.

Crusoe looks within reach of leaving the island, having found some allies (after nearly thirty years of solitude) but the course that they are about to take is dangerous, confronting many armed men. Someone points out that they are in a terrible situation, and that they might be injured or killed in the attempt.

I smiled at him and told him that men in our circumstances were past the operation of fear.

Anyone else read Robinson Crusoe? I've really enjoyed it, and felt I had to read it since it is said to be the first novel in the English language.

More this week, nearly halfway through my month of daily writing! My how time flies.


mattiecore said...

I've not read it, but that's a good sentence

zero_zero_one said...

It's a great book, really interesting; like I said, that sentence just jumped right out at me.