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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

Community Reviews

Kedves kalandregény, az eleje nekem nem tetszett, de ahogy Afrikába értek, érdekessé vált a dolog. Tetszett ahogy a vadvilágról ír, eléggé különösen ír róla, no de nem egy National Geographic túra ez biológusokkal spékelve.
Valószínűleg ezt gyerekként olvasva az embernek nem tűnik fel, hogy mennyire

Despre originea mea – Cum am fost furat în frageda copilărie şi vândut unei ţigănci – La doisprezece ani, stăpânul unei corăbii mă duce cu el în Terra Nova – Suntem capturaţi de o corabie algeriană – Luaţi înapoi de portughezi – Mă ia în grija lui un bătrân pilot, cu care fac o călătorie şi mă apuc

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

This book was an interesting read as it is effectively divided into two sections, one about exploring Africa and the other about piracy. Though it did contain a few noteworthy and exciting scenes, the majority of the novel was quite repetitive and somewhat of a trod to get through. That said, I am g

This is a pirate story actually written during "Golden Age of Piracy" (approx. 1650-1720). Daniel Defoe himself never left England, although he was clearly well-read and acquainted with sailors and merchants enough that this fictional memoir of a famous Captain Singleton feels entirely plausible, wi

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

My least favorite of the four Defoe stories I've read so far. Defoe's fiction is fairly tame as far as fiction goes, but this one is a little too tame for a pirate story and pretty tedious at times. It does have its moments, though. I'd say that the best part by far is near the end with the discussi

La genial historia de Singleton es más que una de piratas, pues toca aventuras de exploración de Asia y África. Además, contiene infinidad de pequeñas anécdotas tan originales que hacen creíble que se trata del recuento de la vida de un personaje de carne y hueso.

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"Man live as if they were never to die, but so many die before they know how to live."

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