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The breasts, raised skirts, tumbling hair and heavy breathing on the small screen might catch you by surprise if you don't read the book carefully (as might Moll's abandonment of her children on more than one occasion). Unlike his near-contemporary John Cleland (_Fanny Hill_), Defoe was trying to keep out of jail, and so didn't dwell on the details of "correspondence" between Moll and her varied lovers. But on the page and on the screen, Moll comes across quite clearly as a woman who might bend, but refuses to break, and who is intent on having as good a life as she can get.
E. M. Forster in Aspects of the Novel considers Moll and her creator's art in some detail. While he finds much to criticize in Defoe's ability to plot (where did those last two children go, anyway?), he is as besotted with Moll as I am. Immoral? Sure -- but immortal, and never, ever dull. We hope at least a few of the viewers of the recent adaptation take a couple hours to discover the original, inimitable Moll Flanders. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Really enjoyed listening to the audio version in the car. Had no trouble understanding the slightly arcane language. Might be more trouble if actually reading the book though. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
The language makes it difficult to read to begin with but you soon get into the flow. It is rather long winded and not quick read but good nevertheless. Full of intrigue and drama.Published 23 days ago by Danielle
not as good as the first time i read it many years ago. on an editorial note, this edition has many typos.Published 24 days ago by gta2ndlf
Sounds like a good book but I have not had time to read it yet.Published 25 days ago by Billie J. Rorrer Boles
Defoe loves to keep his reader on the edge of their seat. It isn't in to you read the last sentence that you truly see his literary genius.Published 28 days ago by Pen Name
Excellent read. The Old English writing style is challenging but fun.Published 3 months ago by Christopher Riordan