People still love reading Daniel Defoe's classic tale of castaway adventure, Robinson Crusoe, even though it was written almost 300 years ago. Do you know the first sentence?
I was born in the Year 1632, in the City of York, of a good Family, tho' not of that Country, my Father being a Foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull; He got a good Estate by Merchandise, and leaving off his Trade, lived afterward at York, from whence he had married my Mother, whose Relations were named Robinson, a very good Family in that Country, and from whom I was called Robinson Kreutznaer; but by the usual Corruption of Words in England, we are now called, nay we call our selves, and write our Name Crusoe, and so my Companions always call'd me.
Crusoe's the name, and Island life is my game.
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum, I smell the blood of an Englishman.
One can imagine, but will never really know, the stench of sea and sweat that lay upon this solitary man.