For the Guardian, he compiled a list of his "top 10 island books." One title on the list:
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DefoeRead about what may be the funniest book on Gunesekera's list.
This book signals the birth of the novel in English, taking the reader from the known familiar world into a voyage of fiction. In the Preface, we are told that this is a found book: "no attempt has been made to polish the strong unstudied diction of the author, or to improve on his homely vigorous language." We are invited to believe this is the true account of a mariner from York, who becomes a castaway on a tropical island, and we do. Fiction works. Crusoe's life on the island tells us not only about survival and violence, but also society, religion and Europe's relationship with the rest of the world.
The Page 99 Test: Robinson Crusoe.