Monday, March 25, 2013

On reading novels and being young

A short general essay about the novel, twentysomethings, and the occasional dark night of the soul, which you can read here. Preview: 
In Daniel Defoe's 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe, the title character leaves home at age nineteen to seek his fortune. On his first voyage, he is shipwrecked; then, on setting out again, he is kidnapped and enslaved by Moorish pirates, only escaping two years later through a mix of subterfuge and luck. He nearly dies while trying to make his way to civilization, but is rescued by a Portuguese slave ship, which deposits him in the strange new land of Brazil. This is a rough metaphor for the way that many people in their early twenties feel after leaving college.
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