One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Saturday, July 9, 2011

DeFoe's "Crusoe" & Coetzee's "Foe"

Finished with Pale Fire. If I wait another 5 to 10 years, I'll have forgotten much of it and it'll read like a brand new story. That's the richness of Nabokov.


Have begun a Kindle version of DeFoe's Robinson Crusoe (I've never read it; never thought to read it until now) as prep/preface to Coetzee's Foe (apparently DeFoe's surname was originally just Foe). I'll read a good chunk of the first before dipping into the second.

So far there's a lot about listening to your father and taking the middle path (safer; better chance for happiness) and Crusoe's desire for sailing and adventure, despite the dangers.

The only bit I've highlighted in my Kindle thus far is a few interesting lines re Crusoe's observations on mankind, especially youth:
--viz. that they are not ashamed to sin, and yet are ashamed to repent; not ashamed of the action for which they ought justly to be estimated fools, but are ashamed of the returning, which only can make them be esteemed wise men.

Daniel DeFoe (c. 1659 - 1731)
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