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Some elements of interest but not for the casual reader. A desert island story but with no island survival neccessary. Some less racism and sexism than you might expect from the era.Its version of Native Americans seems more south american than north. Despite being native american and an excellent shot with a bow the female lead isn't shown as having any more survival skills than other women of the period and most of the story is just religious preaching. While there is some interesting stuff i
Yes this was for school. Bite me. [Message to my future self]Not bad considering how touch-and-go the novel tradition was back then. It came across as so real that we were surprised to find out that it wasn't actually a travel narrative. Tons of interesting ideas of self-building, racial hybridity, what is American-ness etc etc etc etc. It's all in my Transatlantic notes.
Interesting twist on the standard great-white-male-explorer as ship-wreck victim plot of narrative fiction. While the book (circa 1790 publication) is not a work of literary prowess in a 'canonical' sense, it offers a respite to works like Robinson Crusoe where the protagonist is male.I think kids would find it interesting.
Read this one for my American Novel class. I was thinking it was going to be quite different but it wasn't all that bad. Female main character, which is rare in the 1800's, made the entire book definitely more entertaining. Clever women in an age that could barely respect women as humans.
Had to read for my 19th century American Lit class. This book portrays awful issues regarding the obsession with converting the indigenous peoples to Christianity, the usage of slaves, and marrying only if “one converts.” Definitely not a good book and just a weird read in general.
This book was profound for its time in the 18th century as it had a female protagonist with agency traveling and being able to preach. But reading it from a 21st century viewpoint I can't get over how problematic I'm viewing the contents. I've tried a few times to go back and reread it but the actions that the protagonist takes just irk me and I end up getting frustrated with her. It's probably a good sign that I have such strong emotions towards it instead of being indifferent but it's a book t...
I liked the style of writing of this but I HATE! IMPERIALISTS! This was 100% total colonial bullshit. The narrator, a half white/half Native American woman discovers native people who speak the language of her Native American mother and what does she do? Pretends to be their sun god and tells them he’s not real and tries to convert them to Christianity!!!! Fuck that ish!!!!!
Read for school. It’s a really odd book about a half Native American and half English woman who ends up stranded on an island and somehow manages to covert the native population of the island to Christianity. Wouldn’t read if I wasn’t forced to read it for school
A sort of female Robinson Crusoe. Quite interesting and entertaining.
A beautiful and sardonic autoethnographic text filled with lots of allusions and plot twists. Definitely worth the read.
this shit was boring as fuuuuuuuuuck
I read this for an English course of mine, and this book is very interesting in juxtaposition with the novel of Robinson Crusoe...except this one is much shorter and more interesting.
Robinsonette WinActually, this was really kinda good. Better than Robinson Crusoe in many ways--not least of which, it is shorter. I liked it.
I read this book as a requirement of my Gender and Literature class in college. From a gender and historical standpoint, it was quite interesting.
While flawed in many ways as a novel, this work is a surprising example of the ways that Britons were able to invest the indigenous peoples of North America with their own assumptions and fantasies.
Particularly interesting as a document of the first literary example of "Showbiz, Baby!"Unca causes her cousin/pragmatic lover to be marooned with her on their Crusoenian island at the behest of frightened sailors after she introduces herself to the landing company (who had been commissioned by said cousin to search for her after her own marooning years earlier) through the hollowed out statue in the central island - complete with hidden underground passageways and microphonic properties that ca...
I give this book points for handling the imperialist propaganda thing in a way that is slightly more tactful than ol' Robinson Crusoe, but all in all this is still Christian missionary propaganda, so can't really say that I'm a fan.I think more interesting than any of the actual content of the story is the question of the author's true identity. I have to wonder whether or not this was written by anyone who truly was of mixed descent or if the author adopted this anonymous persona to better push...
-the pushing of Christianity on Natives was a thing-the overall way the Natives was perceived was very condescending-the ending was a cop-out and seemed very rushed
I read this for class. My professor told us we were gonna be reading a bunch of weird shit, she did not lie.
This was a really cool book. Read it for my women and lit class. Reminded me of the tv show 'Lost'.
I read this for my Plantationocene class. It was an interesting read, definitely has its problematic elements but a surprisingly feminist take for a story written so long ago.
a femalization of Robinson Crouse. writer acts as if it is the real history in manny cases.
My rating is actually a 3.5/4.