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The Life, Adventures & Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton

Daniel Defoe

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The Life, Adventures & Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton is a "bipartite adventure story whose first half covers a traversal of Africa, and whose second half taps into the contemporary fascination with piracy. It has been commended for its depiction of the homosexual relationship between the eponymous hero and his religious mentor, the Quaker, William Walters."

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .nd directed us to a good way indeed to deal with them, and that was to make some fire, which would always fright them away; and so indeed we found it.

Upon these encouragements we resolved upon our journey, and many considerations put us upon it, which, had the thing itself been practicable, we were not so much to blame for as it might otherwise be supposed; I will name some of them, not to make the account too tedious.

First, we were perfectly destitute of means to work about our own deliverance any other way; we were on shore in a place perfectly remote from all European navigation; so that we could never think of being relieved, and fetched off by any of our own countrymen in that part of the world. Secondly, if we had adventured to have sailed on along the coast of Mozambique, and the desolate shores of Africa to the north, till we came to the Red Sea, all we could hope for there was to be taken by the Arabs, and be sold for. . . Read More

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I discovered this book in an Oxfam bookshop in Oxford - a 1969 hardback with distinctive orange cover, published in ‘Oxford English Novels’. This context and the object itself added much to the charm and enjoyment of the book, which consists of a long personal (fictional) account of the main charact

I really considered giving this book a 4/5, but I opted for a 3 just to avoid the all-too-common phenomena of grade inflation (how I made it through college). The story is interesting despite its meandering character, the first part of the book (litterally up until the 50% mark on my kindle) is abou

Escrita un año después de su gran obra "Robinson Crusoe", en "Las aventuras del capitán Singleton" tiene mucho de lo mejor de Defoe, pero también de lo peor. Racismo, anglocentrismo, xenofobia y colonialismo entre otras joyas. Pero también vamos a descubrir la aventura con mayúsculas.

Esta novela es

A follow-up to Robinson Crusoe, but with a far looser structure. The first half concerns the young narrator, kidnapped and sold as a child, abandoned with a group of would-be mutineers on Madagascar. They get to the mainland of Africa (not a geographically or historically real Africa but a mythic la

It's like the obverse of Robinson Crusoe, innit? Unrighteous dude can't keep still, sees the world, never resting longer in one place than it takes to turn unjustly-acquired goods into gold...but just like in that other book, everything that he sees here is made sense of, filtered through, a thoroug

Captain Singleton is a novel by Daniel Defoe and was first published in 1720. The full title is ‘The Life, Adventures & Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton’ and it has also been published under the title ‘The Adventures of Captain Singleton’. The earlier, longer title gives you a better idea of

The plot of Daniel Defoe's journalistic pirate novel Captain Singleton is not the floor-to-ceiling mischief that I expected. It's never page after page of rough-and-tumble, bloodthirsty, irresistible mayhem. It's actually rather boring, in that all the literary work (heavy description, detail, focus

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