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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Friday and Robinson
by Michel Tournier
Age Range: 12+
On the evening of the 29th of September 1759, a ship travelling to South America
is wrecked in a violent storm. The only survivor, a young man called Robinson
Crusoe, is dragged by the waves to a deserted island where he has to struggle to
survive. After years of solitude he saves the life of an Indian, whom he names
Friday. A relationship that starts as one of master and slave soon transforms into
a real friendship.
Michel Tournier retells the classic tale of Robinson Crusoe with a twist. The story concentrates on the development of the relationship between Friday and Crusoe, as well as the psychological development of the protagonist. Crusoe abandons his social and cultural background and gradually develops a spiritual connection with the island, with nature and, eventually, with himself.
Simple black-and-white illustrations by Christopher Corr guide the reader through the story.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)