by Daniel Defoe
In BriefThe epic tale of a man shipwrecked for twenty-eight years on a desert island. The world's "first novel" chronicles Robinson Crusoe's adventures with cannibals, mutineers and the man he rescues and christens "Friday".
Why you should read itNot only is Robinson Crusoe an important literary classic and a great adventure, it also makes critical observations of the religion, society and culture of the time. Every other novel in existence owes something to this one.