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The original salacious story of a bad girl who makes good.
These are the fortunes and misfortunes of Moll Flanders: born in Newgate Prison, twelve years a prostitute, five times a wife (once to her own brother), twelve years a thief and eight years a transported felon in Her Majesty's Colony of Virginia. Daniel Defoe's rollicking tale presents life in the prisons, alleyways...more
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Moll is essentially a working girl on the make but really she's just trying to find Mr Right and settle down with a nic ...more
Because reading Moll Flanders is like watching the grainy footage of a home video of your lover at five years old. You can see the gestures and traits that make up the person today, but only sketched out in infant form. You have ...more
1. Moll's distinctive character and voice
2. Her ability to turn almost any situation into a positive, eventually (Moll Flanders wobbles, but she never falls down!)
3. How the book highlighted the difficult positions a woman could be left in during this period as a result of, for example, becoming widowed with children, not having a husband/family to support her, having illegitimate children, or being married and thus all personal property legally belonging to the ...more
The Fortunes & Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders &c.
Who was Born in Newgate, and during a Life of continu'd Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest, and dies a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums . . .
Original title page for Moll Flanders
The character of Moll Flanders has traditionally ba ...more
Moll Flanders is about a woman that not only fell on hard times, but is a strong, self asserted woman that uses any possible wiles to survive in a time when women were still nothing more than trinkets. She goes from reputable, to the London street slum, to accidentally marrying her brother, to living a long life with one that she loves.
Far beyond its time, Moll Flanders is a classic. Hard to read at times, as is most ...more
Moll Flanders is, I think, a rare look at the treatment and disposition of lower class women in Britain in the early 1700s--what they thought, how they comported, and their daily interactions, no matter how insignificant. What makes it a rare exposition? Fiction ofttimes captures the mood and milieu of a people and their condition far more accurately--and with muc ...more
The Norton Critical Edition I read in college was one soild paragraph. This means Defoe didn't get an effect out of the LOOK of his prose, unless an effect of incredible suffocation was intentional. The fact that it was one paragraph drove me insane, as it did my elder brother, who, upon hearing ...more
I have heard such negative reviews about this book. I have heard it said that the heroine is not likeable. She is painted as a whore and a thief. I came away with an entirely different view.
Her character hooked me from the start. A beautiful and skillful woman, she is intelligent but unworldly. She meets with great success in the beginning of the book due to her own personal accomplishments, aspirations, and personality. She takes what lit ...more
I, and I suspect she, lost track of how many children she has by an assortment of fathers, but no matter. The fact that there are no separate chapters may daunt some, but her amoral, approach to all her conflicts is most satisfing and you root for her to succeed.
I worked for a company that had dozens of Mrs. Clauses who would call children during the holiday season. I ...more
I have long said, "Oh, yeah, I've read Moll Flanders!" I have it in my head I read it in college, either on my own or as part of a class.
Now that I actually have read Moll Flanders, I can't seem to recall ever reading this story before. I think the reality was I borrowed a friend's copy of Stephen Crane's Maggie: ...more
I don't believe 'Moll Flanders' to be a well crafted story. This is mainly due to the fact that the protagonist's many displays of 'dumb luck' leave an air of contrivance which contaminates the entire novel. ...more
" ... my pride, not my principle,The copy of Moll Flanders that I read --a Modern Library issue, from 1985-- has the most perfect rendition of the heroine I have seen. A library copy and purely a random chance, but there she is--in wood-cut, in all her disheveled, coarsely hedonistic splendor. One high-buttoned boot hooked up high on the arm of some couch, Moll Flanders, consummate whore. Or hussy, or harlot, or maybe floozy, but it is most often as ...more
my money, not my virtue, kept me honest... "
Ψάχνοντας να διαβάσω ένα βιβλίο γραμμένο πριν το 1850 για το readathon16, έπεσα πάνω σε αυτό το βιβλίο του Daniel Defoe του οποίου είχα διαβάσει τον Ροβινσώνα Κρούσο μόνο. Αποφάσισα να το διαβάσω λοιπόν λόγω του συγγραφέα. Η Moll Flanders γράφτηκε το 1683 και πρέπει κανείς να το λάβει σοβαρά υπόψη αυτό πριν κάνει κάποια κριτική γιατί με τα σημερινά δεδομένα μάλλον μοιάζει με βιβλίο παρωχημένο τόσο θεματικά όσο και συγγραφικά. Θα το αδικούσε όμως κάποιος έτσι.
Πρόκειται για την ιστορία μιας γ ...more
I got many, many laughs out of this book, but I also thought it was remarkable in a ...more
Volela bih da sam pročitala ovaj roman pre nego što sam imala prilike da stanem pred grob ovog čoveka pre nekoliko godina, ali recimo da mu ni ovako nisam ostala dužna u iskazivanju poštovanja. :-) Defoe rules! :-P
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the famous Moll Flanders, etc. who was Born in Newgate, and during a Life of continu'd Variety for Three-score Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest, and died a Penitent
...which sums up the story line of the novel, leaving out the best parts.
I first read this book when I was 16, in the throes of Jad ...more
Plus, I enjoyed counting up the pregnancies and trying to keep track of which kids were where and wtih whom. I mean, really, if you don't take it too seriously, it was kind of funny and outlandish.
But, in the end, I just wasn't gripped with the ...more
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