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Topic - Daniel Defoe
It's still a natural paradise far out in the Pacific, with thick jungles and stunningly steep and verdant slopes climbing out of the sea. But much of the splendor in the tiny Chilean islands that likely inspired Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe" castaway novel is being eaten away.
The English novel, with everything from our best-loved classics to everyday fun reading (to say nothing of the screen adaptations it has spawned) is less than 300 years old. Although some would argue that Daniel Defoe's "Moll Flanders" or "Robinson Crusoe" began the genre, the generally received first novel is Samuel Richardson's "Pamela" (1740). It was soon followed by Henry Fielding's "Joseph Andrews" (1742) and "Tom Jones" (1749).
Phil Jackson imagines himself exploring the southern tropics next winter, or maybe circumnavigating the globe on a motorcycle.
A perch in the sand on a pristine beach invites a summer afternoon's reflections, and here where North Carolina's Outer Banks meet the Atlantic we're all sea-watchers, looking and listening for changes in color and texture in the ocean, diving for shells, wondering how far from the distant Gulf of Mexico the tar balls will travel.