Friday, or, The Other Island

ISBN: 0801855926
ISBN 13: 9780801855924
By: Michel Tournier Norman Denny

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Friday, winner of the 1967 Grand Prix du Roman of the Académie Française, is a sly, enchanting retelling of the legend of Robinson Crusoe by the man the New Yorker calls "France's best and probably best-known writer." Cast away on a tropical island, Michel Tournier's god-fearing Crusoe sets out to tame it, to remake it in the image of the civilization he has left behind. Alone and against incredible odds, he almost succeeds. Then a mulatto named Friday appears and teaches Robinson that there are, after all, better things in life than civilization.

Reader's Thoughts

Furi Curi

so gewd so far. yea, I stopped reading it, b/c I messed up on my finals. bad aftertaste, I guess.


I love the descriptions of wild life pictured on this book. It wasa great retelling on the original.I read the one from my highschool's library.


Vaikea verrata alkuperäiseen Robinson Crusoeen, koska en ole sitä vielä lukenut. kertoo siis Robinsonista, joka haaksirikkoutuu Speranzaksi nimeämälleen saarelle ja alkaa hoitaa saarta kuin omaa kuningaskuntaansa. Hän saa kuitenkin seuraa, Perjantaiksi nimeämänsä intiaanin, jonkia yrittää ensin alistaa orjakseen. Perjantai kuitenkin meinaa räjäyttää koko saaren ilmaan ja tämän jälkeen he elävät tasavertaisina. 28 vuoden jälkeen heillä olisi mahdollisuus päästä pois, mutta Robinson ei haluakaan vaan jää saarelle seuranaan Torstaiksi nimeämä laivapoika. Aika hyvä kirja loppujen lopuksi, tarinaa voi joiltakin osin verrata maailman elinkaareen ja ihmisen historiaan.


I had to read this for french class. It's an interesting account of a man isolated form civilization. He meets Vendredi, a boy, and together, they try to domesticate the island.

Milen Semkov

Отегчи ме до смърт. Точно такъв тип книги ме карат да се сетя за един от любимите ми цитати от Тери Пратчет: "Сюзън мразеше литературата. Тя винаги би предпочела да прочете някоя добра книга." Имам чувството, че за да получи една книга признание като "истинска" и "стойностна" литература в днешно време, тя трябва да отговаря на следните критерии:- претенциозно написана- скучна, много скучна (така прочитането й се счита за един вид интелектуален подвиг и прочитът й по дефиниция се счита за белег на висока култура и интелигентност)- пълна със самоцелни псевдофилософски размишления- засукано заглавие (аз бих я кръстил "Робинзон се опитва да мисли")Е, мога само да кажа, че тази книга безспорно е еманация на истинската, стойностна литература. На фона на географската и социокултурна изолация и темпоралната застиналост, Турние безкомпромисно анализира метафизичната същност на битието и на вечния екзистенциален въпрос за измамната илюзия на съществуването, което е сведено до изначалната същност на битието... ахм, не можах да се сдържа... (хвърля книгата и отива да прочете нещо нтересно)п.с. не издържах до края, така че се извинявам, ако съм изпуснал някое внезапно подобрение на стила или гениално прозрение, поради което напълно съм пропуснал истинската стойност на книгата. Това си е лично мое, субективно мнение и някой друг може и да сметне книгата за добра и интересно написана. Peace.

Ana Dias

At first, I found the book a bit dull, more like a survival manual. But then I started to realize the transformations a person suffers when it is 28 years on a desert island and found the wonderful end though with feather Friday.


назва в англійському перекладі – friday, or, the other island – дуже добре схоплює суть книжки. весь роман так чи інакше – про іншість: спершу для робінзона, який осмислює життя серед інших і без них, потім – для читача, якому доводиться переживати робінзонові метаморфози і якось на них реагувати. турньє грається з читачем, показує все нові замилення зору (чи здатні ми взагалі розуміти іншого, поки він себе не перекладе нашою мовою? і чи можна вимагати від іншого розуміння, якщо ми не перекладаємо себе?), все нові точки відносності.а ще англійці мають хороше слово для опису цього тексту: disturbing. роман весь час повертається до питання про те, скільки людського може втратити людина, та все ще лишатися людиною, – і це злущування людськості, з одного боку, дуже некомфортне, проте захопливе і по-своєму красиве з іншого.начебто й проста книжка, але з дуже потужним післясмаком.

Mikael Kuoppala

An original and wonderfully rich interpretation of the tale of Robinson Crusoe. Tournier is a true master.


Since the 18th century Robinson Crusoe has been nourishing the imagination of young people century and giving them a base to study moral and intellectual subject. But the book of Daniel Defoe also had a big success with the adults because it illustrate the value of humans in Europe and America at that time. However in the 1960s, Michel Tournier wrote a book names Vendredi ou les Limbes du Pacifique. Robinson is still the main character of the book but the black man that he saved play a major role in determining his evolution and he is the one who make a!chieve another conception of life.!Robinson Crusoe, a survivor of the sinking of Virginia, lands on a deserted island. By time goes he tries to submit his human will to beasts and land on the island, which he called Speranza. He is alone on this island ( only Tenn, the dog of the governor is with him) and to avoid the solitude, he does weird things like taking a bath in the inside of the island. In his solitude, he is doing philosophy, recalls childhood memories, trying to fill the void that surrounds him despite the presence of the dog named Tenn. He is trying to build things the same way people in Europe d!id.!Until one day, he accidentally saves an Indian sentenced to death by his fellow. He called him Vendredi because the name is neither an object name neither the name of a man. He believes that Friday is not quite a man, because of his skin color. He becomes the slave of Robinson, who always watches to govern the island as a reflection of the western civilization. But Friday, innocently smoking tobacco of his master, cause the explosion of the cave where there were several barrels of gunpowder. The delicate balance that Robinson introduced shatters. As this balance shattered, Robinson ideas also shattered and instead of punishing Vendredi like slave, they become friends, equal. One day a ship arrive at Speranza but Robinson refuse to leave. He spend some part of his life there so he could not even left, this island was like his baby. V!endredi left and made his life somewhere else.!To survive, Robinson is trying to build his new home the same way as his old home. That show how much humans are attached to where they come from and try to rebuild the same somewhere else when they get separated. We can also see what people were thinking at that time, how racist they were. He does not even consider Vendredi as a human he think its he is nothing for than a slave. But after losing everything he finally realize that there was not difference between him and Vendredi beside the skin color, they were both equal.


I was unfairly suspicious of this book the way I'm unfairly suspicious of musicians who mostly sing other people's songs - chalk it up to my adolescent and more than just slightly Puritanical obsession with originality. But of course that's all bullshit. Friday gains a lot from being a story whose plot we already know; to put this graphically, we might say that its horizontal axis shrinks while its vertical one elongates. We've been to this island before, we know the drama of use that Defoe managed somehow to put together out of banana leaves and coconut shells; but what we don't (or didn't) know is what would happen if the entire drama took place within the playful and exorbitant mind of a contemporary French philosopher. What's that you say? You'd rather be stuck in a tank of pissed-off cobras than trapped in the mind of a French philosopher for two hundred pages? But before you dismiss this book out of hand as an exercise or circle of hell, know that Tournier, like his master Bachelard, puts the philo back in philosophy. The drama may be interior, but it is rich and, on almost every page, incredibly beautiful. Tournier has mystified many contemporary critics with the way he's managed to fill unwaveringly conventional narrative forms with intensely original experiences (sorry to echo the "old bottle, new wine" metaphor that at least three different reviewers used about this book. I am VERY susceptible to back matter); but reading a book like this, you come to realize how incredibly effective an investigational tool narrative can be. And, to top it all off, you get to return to that strange and mystically boring little island again, if only for a few hundred more pages.

Ana Silva Rosa

Prose style: 3Plot: 4Depth of characters: 4Originality: 5Entertaining: 4Emotional Reaction: 4Intellectual Stimulation: 3This book surprised me... I had to read it for school, and therefore, as it always happens, it seemed a boring and exhaustive read. But I actually enjoyed it!

Maite Iracheta

Para que Tournier haga unas piruetas literarias extraordinarias le basta un hombre y una isla. Su Viernes es lo que yo llamo el verdadero Self Made Man.


Devorei-o em 3 tempos. Esta foi das obras obrigatórias na escola de que mais gostei.


Livro da juventude... Acho que durante anos fiquei a pensar no Sexta-Feira e na ideia de viver isolada numa ilha... Além de tudo, se bem me lembro este livro também dá grande valor à amizade que cresceu entre os dois :)


Acttually i didn't like the book but i like The pictures in it hh

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