Defoe The Life, Adventures & Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton 1720

丹尼尔·笛福 辛格尔顿船长 1720

  • Author: Daniel Defoe
  • Copyright: Public domain
  • Published in: 1720
  • Word count: 112,898 words (≈ about 8 hours)

The narrative describes the life of an Englishman, stolen from a well-to-do family as a child and raised by Gypsies who eventually makes his way to sea. One half of the book concerns Singleton's crossing of Africa and the later half concerns his life as a pirate. Defoe's description of piracy focuses for the most part on matters of economics and logistics, making it an intriguing if not particularly gripping read. Singleton's piracy is more like a merchant adventurer, perhaps Defoe's comment on capitalism.

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