Dafoe's classic is salacious enough to be fun, with it's protagonist whoring and swindling her way unrepentantly through 1600s London. the2.5 stars.
Dafoe's classic is salacious enough to be fun, with it's protagonist whoring and swindling her way unrepentantly through 1600s London. the pacing, though, is overly episodic, so that by the end, it reads like a laundry list of petty crimes rather than a cohesive tale building to a climax, and Moll's droll tone starts to sound bored instead of irreverent. ...more
once upon a time in the future, feeling too much is bad, intellectualism is right out, and reading any one of the near-infinite list of banned books ionce upon a time in the future, feeling too much is bad, intellectualism is right out, and reading any one of the near-infinite list of banned books is enough to get you imprisoned or killed. books are for burning, life is for living at high speed and with little regard for anything other than tonight's episode of desperate housewives. firemen light the paper bonfires, and this is of course one man's awakening from all the 50s cold-war future-that-isn't-yet.
I know it's utter blasphemy to only score this genre classic as merely ok, but it's been proven yet again that however marvelous I may find his short stories, bradbury's novels just leave me cold (no flaming pun intended). a future where all the damned "minorities and womens' libbers" have mucked it up for the rest of us somehow comes off vaguely uncomfortably as an old reactionary's response to our overly politically correct world, rather than the subversive call to arms I think it's supposed to be. all women are housewives, nobody cares about anything yet no one will just quit their crappy jobs, and the mysteriously well-read villain is infinitely more interesting than a protagonist that repeatedly tells everyone just how stupid he is. there is of course plenty of fantastic ideas in here (and here's where the blasphemy takes off), and I just wish someone would write a jazz riff on fahrenheit 451. take the bones of these great ideas and reflesh them in something more profound, or even just more up to date, and make it relevant again to the reality tv and instant gratification world. ...more
there's a great reason this has been called "the restoration gone with the wind", right up through the WTF ending. fun times romping through 1600s engthere's a great reason this has been called "the restoration gone with the wind", right up through the WTF ending. fun times romping through 1600s england with a farm girl turned courtesan are mostly fun for the lush setting and wonderful sense of place. equally as unlikable and just as compelling as scarlett, amber bounces from bed to bed, making and loosing several fortunes. all the smut scenes are "fade to black" or "and then she rose up from the bed satisfied", which makes it all less tawdry while still being titillating for "Banned in Boston!!!!"
interesting, but not essential, and most definitely the sort of book you can savor chunks at a time while more intently reading another handful of books....more