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Moll Flanders

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    Historically Interesting, but probably not for casual readers

    Moll Flanders / 978-1-411-43270-3 Defoe's novel, Moll Flanders, one of the first true English novels follows the "true" story of a lower-class woman who - eventually - turns to a life of petty thievery and prostitution partly as a means to live, and partly as a means to a middle-class life of relative riches and ease. This thin little novel is a fairly quick read and the story pacing moves at a quick clip as we read through the salacious and scandalous life of this matron is not particularly clever nor particularly beautiful, but she is persistent, dogged, and increasingly amoral enough to make a life for herself just above the level of extreme and desperate poverty. Through the course of her life, Moll takes several husbands, bears multiple children, and chooses to view her life with pride and detachment, rather than with the shame she 'ought' to feel. In this regard, Moll is perhaps the most modern of the historical novel characters, because she views the societal norms which would compel her to pious poverty with a jaundiced eye and recognizes that the 'shameful' things she does to survive, the gentry do on a much wider, if more socially acceptable, scale. ~ Ana Mardoll

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Great reread

    After watching an old BBC mini-series ( with a young Daniel Craig no less!) I decided to re-read Moll Flanders. I had forgotten the biting wit and social commentary of Daniel Defoe. Almost three centuries later it still seems relavent. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Takes some commitment to get through the somewhat pendantic writing style of the era but well worth it. If you once read Moll Flanders because you had to, try it again. Like me you may find it enjoyable this time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down.

    Really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Very good.

    I liked the part where she was learning how to be a lady.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Great

    Another great classic.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

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    A book every woman should read!

    A poet friend got me this book because it was one of her favorites. I admit it took me a bit to get into it. But it is quite a story and bears a lot of reflection. I really enjoyed the story -- all the challenges in life that Moll has and meets. A resourceful, wise, and practical woman can survive anything. I highly recommend this to all women.

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  • Posted October 14, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    Surprisingly, this was not as dry or dull as I thought it would be. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2005

    Not half bad

    Moll Flanders is funnier than I expected it to be. I definitely recommend it for pleasure reading or for AP classes.

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