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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.
Unlike Robinson Crusoe, however, this book dragged a bit more and was more difficult to follow.
This is really unmissable for any reader interested in the development of the novel in the English language.
Her primary defense against a very nearly nonexistent conscience is her powerful sense of rationalization.
It's fun to read because it occupies an historical niche, but it's not Defoe at his bestPublished 2 days ago by fred
This book is pure genius. Defoe is able to do some amazing things through this book. The psychology of Moll is explored as she explores the psychology of the reader. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Erica
This book is free to download in amazon kindle store. I am happy to own it.Published 1 month ago by V Roy
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 4 months ago by Danielle
Excellent read. The Old English writing style is challenging but fun.Published 7 months ago by Christopher Riordan
Containing many lessons for women regarding self-worth and self-preservation, as well as general lessons on poverty in society and the extremes to which it may drive people. Read morePublished 8 months ago by DanaDana