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Roxana by Daniel Defoe
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Mar 05, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: fiction
Read from February 29 to March 06, 2012

Extremely dated morality tale which relies on little more than coincidence and one-dimensional characters. Related by a narrator, through the lens of the main character, the story reads as a rambling confessional which stops abruptly before reaching a conclusion (this edition uses the first edition text; later editions were apparently editorially altered to make the ending more conclusively morally pointed). There are chronological and logical issues within the narrative, and the self-estrangement of the main character feels inconsistent and contrived. This edition features an excellent introductory essay by John Mullan, which provides a context for much of the preceding criticism, but the novel itself is only interesting historically.
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