This excellent work has a double significance. It is the first English novel, the first story published about believable characters, in realistic situations, in simple prose. The author, Daniel Defoe, achieved literary immortality in April 1719, when he published his Robinson Crusoe. The book was partly based on the memoirs of the voyage of Alexander Selkirk.
Its second significance is found in the clearly Christian message that is presented throughout the story. A particular point that cannot be missed is how the waywardness and disobedience of the young Robinson resulted in his terrible and prolonged trial and banishment on the island. Yet, in Godís amazing providence and sovereign rule, Robinsonís testing led to his soulís salvation and his ultimate wealth and happiness.