this is a novel by the english author daniel defoe, published in 1719. it is one of the most popular adventure novels in all literature. it is the story of bobinson crusoe, an englishman who is shipwrecked in a lonely tropical island. he builds himself a hut, grows his own food, and becomes self-sufficient. after 23 years he meets with a group of cannibals and rescues one of their prisoners, a young native whome he calls friday.crusoe and his“man”friday become close friends, and when they are finally rescued four years later, both return to england.
robinson crusoe was partly based on the actual deeds of alexander selkirk, an 18th-century scottish sailor who spent almost five years alone on a desert island. this novel is famous for its lovely details and its expression of belief in man's ability when left alone in nature.