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Moll Flanders (Modern Library Classics) (original 1722; edition 2002)

by Daniel Defoe, Virginia Woolf (Introduction)

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Title:Moll Flanders (Modern Library Classics)
Authors:Daniel Defoe
Other authors:Virginia Woolf (Introduction)
Info:Modern Library (2002), Edition: Modern Library, Paperback, 368 pages
Collections:Read & Owned, Your library (inactive)
Tags:England, Anglophone, Germanic Language, British, 1001, 18th Century, Modern Library, Picaresque

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Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe (1722)

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Story has sad, but honest beginning which moves into Moll's willing seduction by the elder son of her kind and generous patrons.

Character has little to recommend and plot quickly becomes repetitive, tedious, and too boring to continue... ( )
  m.belljackson | Mar 13, 2017 |
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Title: Moll Flanders Series: ----- Author: Daniel Defoe Rating: 4 of 5 Stars Genre: Classic Pages: 337 Synopsis: The Life and Adventures in Crime of Moll Flanders. As told by Moll Flanders after she was exiled to America, made her fortune and came back to England as a rich socialite. My Thoughts: I can see why this was on the banned books list. Seduction of the innocent [Moll], crime sprees, incest and bigamy on a grand scale. Now, as Moll writes, she is supposedly repented from her former life and is writing these memoirs as a warning to others. However, that is a load of crock. Moll is proud of what she has done, the stealing, the lying, the whoring, all of it. Every line written, every word used reflects Moll's true attitude. Nothing was ever graphic but there was never any doubt of the acts that Moll committed. Defoe does a great job with his writing and I enjoyed this story, even as the story is not uplifting, inspiring or in anywise about anything good. " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Loved this on PBS, but couldn't stand reading it. Quit before 100 pages ( )
  newnaturalmama | Jun 25, 2016 |
Too long ago to remember. I do remember she ends up in the American colonies for a happy ending ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
[From Books and You, Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1940, pp. 31-32:]

Now, the first book on my list is Defoe’s Moll Flanders. No English novelist has ever achieved a greater verisimilitude than Defoe; it is hard, indeed, when you read him, to remember that you are reading a work of fiction; it is more like a consummate piece of reporting. You are convinced that his people spoke exactly as he made them speak, and their actions are so plausible that you cannot doubt that this is how, in the circumstances, they behaved. Moll Flanders is not a moral book. It is bustling, coarse and brutal, but it has a robustness that I like to think is in the English character. Defoe had little imagination and not much humour, but he had a wide and varied experience of life and, being an excellent journalist, he had a keen eye for the curious incident and the telling detail. He had no sense of climax, he attempted no pattern; and so the reader is not swept away by a power that he does not seek to resist; he is carried along in the crowd, as it were, and it may be that when he comes to a side street he will slip down it and get away. He may, to put it plainly, after a couple of hundred pages of very much the same sort of thing feel that he has had enough. Well, that’s all right. But for my part I am quite willing to accompany my author till he brings his ribald heroine to the haven of respectability tempered with penitence.
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Story has sad, but honest beginning which moves into Moll's willing seduction by the elder son of her kind and generous patrons.

Character has little to recommend and plot quickly becomes repetitive, tedious, and too boring to continue...
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Daniel Defoeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Fragonard, Jean-HonoréCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leishman, VirginiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merlington, LauralNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miers, Earl SchenckIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Porter, DavinaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rexroth, KennethAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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My true name is so well known in the records or registers at Newgate, and in the Old Bailey, and there are some things of such consquence still depending there, relating to my particular conduct, that it is not to be expected I should set my name or the account of my family to this work; perhaps after my death it may be better known; at present it would not be proper, no, not though a general pardon should be issued, even without exception of persons or crimes.
So certainly does interest banish all manner of affection, and so naturally do men give up honour and justice, humanity, and even Christianity, to secure themselves.
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The recent adaptation of Moll Flanders for Masterpiece Theater is a book-lover's dream: the dialogue and scene arrangement are close enough to allow the viewer to follow along in the book. The liberties taken with the tale are few (some years of childhood between the gypsies and the wealthy family are elided; Moll is Moll throughout the tale, rather than Mrs. Betty; Robert becomes Rowland, etc.) and the sets avoid the careless anachronism of the movie version released earlier this year.

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.

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Defoe's eighteenth-century picaresque novel of a woman's eventual escape from the life of immorality and wickedness imposed on her by society since her birth.

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