Robinson Crusoe has a message for us

Published October 12, 2013 by rochellewisoff

I had to share this from a magnificent writer, Valerie Davies, in New Zealand. I urge everyone to read and enjoy.




My grandmother collected beautiful china and old books. My memories of the china was that it actually wasn’t beautiful… At eight I found her collection of Staffordshire figurines rather clumsy, and her Meissen angels and other pieces a bit gutless and wishy-washy. (I think I still do – but give me Chinese blue and white, Japanese Imari, old Chelsea, and I’d feel differently.)

Her old books were heavily bound in leather, and were often large quarto volumes. I skimmed Foxe’s Martyrs, was appalled by the despair in the picture of the Slough of Despond in Pilgrim’s Progress, but was very taken with Robinson Crusoe. All these books were illustrated with engravings, protected by a flimsy piece of what seemed like tissue paper.

 I hadn’t learned to take liberties with books back then, so I solemnly plodded through Defoe’s dense prose, until I came to the picture of Crusoe seeing…

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10 comments on “Robinson Crusoe has a message for us

    • Dear LY,

      If you scroll through Valerie’s comments, you’ll find mine. I find it amazing that Selkirk’s “rescue” signaled his health decline. Much like the SAD (Standard American Diet). Thanks for reading.




  • Rochelle, what a surprise to find you’ve re-blogged this – what a huge compliment , thank you so much for all the kind and enthusiastic things you say, and for the re-blogging of this story… so generous….
    Love the comments you’ve made on my blog – fascinating story…and wonderful that you’ve regained such glowing health.
    When I first saw the Acronym SAD here, I thought you were referring to Seasonal Affective Disorder – SAD because it’s winter and people get depressed with no sun
    I sometimes feel I have it in a northern winter !!!


    • Dear Valerie,

      It’s my pleasure to reblog your wonderful writing. Alexander Selkirk’s story is compelling, if not validating, for those of us (most everyone in the modern world) who have suffered the ill effects of what has come to be known, erroneously, as food. Genetic modification, pollution and brain eating aspartame that turns to formaldehyde in our bloodstreams all contribute, in my opinion, to the glaring rise in food allergies, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

      Enough of my soapbox. In any case, thank you for writing the way you do. I look forward to learning from you.




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