Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

Moll Flanders

The Fortunes & Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders (aka Moll Flanders) is a novel by Daniel Defoe, 1st published in 1722. It purports to be the true account of the life of the eponymous Moll, detailing her exploits from birth until old age. By 1721, Defoe had become a recognised novelist, with the success of Robinson Crusoe in 1719. His political work was tapering off at this point, due to the fall of both Whig & Tory party leaders with whom ...


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TitleMoll Flanders
ISBN9781853260735
Author
Release DateOct 5th, 1993
PublisherWordsworth Editions
LanguageEnglish
GenreClassics, Fiction, Literature, Historical, Historical Fiction
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Reviews Moll Flanders

  • karen
    2009-08-04
    the person who was reading this used, 49 cent, copy of moll flanders before me stopped reading at page 26, judging by the abrupt cessation of circled words like "prattle", "would you were, sir", "brother fell", and "he would" i like to think about this person, and their busy pen. it's so arbitrary - they are not even words that might be unfamiliar to a moderately-literate reader. i tried to find a code in it: "help, i am being held hostage by a m...
  • Paul Bryant
    2015-10-01
    It is an universall and Fixed law that should a reader take up any of the works of Master De Foe she shall be obbliged to begin forthwith to write and may I say even to think in the manner of Master De Foe; for it is like a virulent infecktion; which will, it may be seen redilly, be habituated in exentrick spellings, irregular Capitilizations, alarming and unexplainable lunges into the italick; and headlong sentense construction, and the Devil ta...
  • Shovelmonkey1
    2011-09-10
    Moll Flanders; the tale of a bawdy wench out and about being bawdy and getting up to all manner of, well, bawdiness. For those of you not up on your ye olde Englishness, bawdy is a general term for something which is lewd, obscene and lascivious. If you don't know what any of those words mean then Moll Flanders will be a nice surprise for you (and maybe you should get out more).Moll is essentially a working girl on the make but really she's just ...
  • Whitaker
    2010-08-24
    Did I enjoy this novel? No. In some ways, its story and writing technique are far too rudimentary for a 21st century reader. It certainly didn't grab me the way other books have. But I think if you want to see how the novel got from there to here, you can't pass this by. Because reading Moll Flanders is like watching the grainy footage of a home video of your lover at five years old. You can see the gestures and traits that make up the person tod...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2013-10-09
    Moll Flanders, Daniel DefoeThe Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders. Who was Born in Newgate Prison, and during a Life of continued Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife, Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew rich, lived Honest, and died a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هجدهم ماه...
  • Ellen
    2009-11-11
    The Fortunes & Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders &c.Who was Born in Newgate, and during a Life of continu'd Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest, and dies a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums . . . Original title page for Moll FlandersThe charac...
  • Jason
    2010-06-24
    Women! You need to read this book. Armchair Historians! You need to read this book. Forensic Sociologists! You need to read this book.Moll Flanders is, I think, a rare look at the treatment and disposition of lower class women in Britain in the early 1700s--what they thought, how they comported, and their daily interactions, no matter how insignificant. What makes it a rare exposition? Fiction ofttimes captures the mood and milieu of a people and...
  • Paula W
    2012-09-30
    When I was younger, I was a smart girl but not smart enough to get a full scholarship to college. My parents were poor, so any help from them was out of the question. I knew I had to make it on my own. So, I worked three jobs during my freshman year. I worked at White Castle, I typed stuff for attorneys, and I did another job that I have never told anyone about until now. I was Mrs. Claus. I worked for a company that had dozens of Mrs. Clauses wh...
  • Pinky
    2007-09-12
    Ever wondered what the significance of Ned Flander's wife's name on the Simpons?Moll Flanders is about a woman that not only fell on hard times, but is a strong, self asserted woman that uses any possible wiles to survive in a time when women were still nothing more than trinkets. She goes from reputable, to the London street slum, to accidentally marrying her brother, to living a long life with one that she loves.Far beyond its time, Moll Flande...
  • Kelly
    2008-07-07
    Largely confusing, frenetic action interspersed with long, prosy, preachy morality lessons, and then plunged right back into constant action again. Defoe's storytelling appears almost entirely random, especially towards the end, picking out one tale to tell of her wicked ways and days, and suppressing others that sound much more interesting. There's hardly any reflection on character here, if any at all. I'm not counting the times when Defoe paus...
  • Frederick
    2007-07-05
    This, of course, was called an actual memoir when it was published. Today's novelists should take note: The first novels definitely were meant to deceive the public into thinking they were true stories. The Norton Critical Edition I read in college was one soild paragraph. This means Defoe didn't get an effect out of the LOOK of his prose, unless an effect of incredible suffocation was intentional. The fact that it was one paragraph drove me insa...
  • Cass
    2010-06-25
    I finally finished reading Moll Flanders, and I loved it.I have heard such negative reviews about this book. I have heard it said that the heroine is not likeable. She is painted as a whore and a thief. I came away with an entirely different view.Her character hooked me from the start. A beautiful and skillful woman, she is intelligent but unworldly. She meets with great success in the beginning of the book due to her own personal accomplishments...
  • Jim
    2008-08-25
    Amusing, picaresque portrait of an unsrupulous antiherione (the narrator) in 17th century England and America. She lies, she steals, she whores - whatever it takes. I, and I suspect she, lost track of how many children she has by an assortment of fathers, but no matter. The fact that there are no separate chapters may daunt some, but her amoral, approach to all her conflicts is most satisfing and you root for her to succeed.
  • Katharine
    2007-07-26
    Last year I described this book as being like a big gushy Cinnabon, sweet, sticky, and cloying. I love it to bits, but it does make me feel like I need to wash, or something.
  • Natalie Monroe
    2018-09-08
    Surprisingly feminist for the 18th century.
  • El
    2016-02-23
    (I read this book as part of a reading project I have undertaken with some other nerdy friends in which we read The Novel: A Biography and some of the other texts referenced by Schmidt.)I have long said, "Oh, yeah, I've read Moll Flanders!" I have it in my head I read it in college, either on my own or as part of a class.Now that I actually have read Moll Flanders, I can't seem to recall ever reading this story before. I think the reality was I b...
  • Donna
    2008-12-07
    My first thoughts on the reason why I disliked this book were that it was because of the old style of writing, but considering Shakespeare, Marlowe, Ford and Cervantes all provided enjoyable works before Defoe was on the scene, I therefore must look to the writer's skill as a fault in itself.I don't believe 'Moll Flanders' to be a well crafted story. This is mainly due to the fact that the protagonist's many displays of 'dumb luck' leave an air o...
  • David Sarkies
    2018-01-15
    Survival in the 17th Century15 January 2017 My first impression was that this woman has had more husbands than Elizabeth Taylor, but when I counted them, even if you include the guys that she shacked up with as opposed to marrying, she just falls short. Then again, I'm not really sure we can compare Moll Flanders with Elizabeth Taylor because I have a feeling that the reason that Taylor married so many men wasn't out of desperation, or because he...
  • J.
    2015-06-24
    " ... my pride, not my principle, my money, not my virtue, kept me honest... " The copy of Moll Flanders that I read --a Modern Library issue, from 1985-- has the most perfect rendition of the heroine I have seen. A library copy and purely a random chance, but there she is--in wood-cut, in all her disheveled, coarsely hedonistic splendor. One high-buttoned boot hooked up high on the arm of some couch, Moll Flanders, consummate whore. Or hussy, or...
  • Daniel
    2008-12-14
    Despite being one of the earliest English novels, and thus from a time incredibly different from our own, Daniel Defoe's "Moll Flanders" sucked me into its world far more readily than I expected it to. I attribute this mostly to the voice of Moll Flanders herself, who is so good natured, and so ready to make the best of whatever situation she finds herself in, it'd be hard not to become enamored of her. Because Moll's society is so far removed fr...
  • Sarah Mac
    2013-02-16
    Here's the thing, y'all. I'm not afraid to enjoy old books, wordy prose, or unlikable protagonists. The Mysteries of Udolpho. Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Zofloya. The Turn of the Screw. Madame Bovary. Cecilia. The Innocents Abroad. These are some old books I've loved. Wordy prose, block paragraphs, old-fashioned language -- they're the type of read that some people won't touch with a ten-foot pole. But this one? Spare me. It's boring. It's overwrit...
  • Noelia Alonso
    2015-10-04
    Words cannot express how happy I am I'm finally able to throw this book aside to never pick it up again. Nothing of this novel worked for me, starting with the odd writing style. It was painful and more often than not I had to put it down because it was giving me headaches. The narrator, Moll, didn't work to help the story either. Moll Flanders was a torture and I don't care why it is still studied today. My feelings won't change.
  • Alina
    2015-11-22
    I enjoyed the last part most. 50-year-old extraordinarily skilled/lucky con-woman working in late 17th century London? Yes please. That said, I wasn't a fan of the writing style (although I grew used to it.) It oftentimes reads more like a summary than a novel, neglecting the fleshing out of setting and characters almost entirely. (I guess this stood out to me in particular since I read this right after Jane Eyre.)
  • Beth
    2015-01-06
    This is the Diary of a penitent Sinner. We know she was Penitent because she tells Us repeatedly, despite the fact that she continues to Sin with a Reckless abandonment that should be Enjoyable but is not, Really. She essentially Runs around London prostituting herself for Around forty years, and stealing from people, insisting that she feels Bad while showing no evidence of feeling so. There is some Enjoyment to be had in its depiction of the co...
  • miledi
    2018-03-30
    Non esistono uomini perfetti, ne consegue che non esistono neanche libri perfetti, e Moll Flanders non lo è: a tratti è lento e magari manca anche di originalità, ma la prosa è fluida e il mondo che descrive vivace, pieno di energia e di vitalità. L'ho adorato.
  • Markus
    2017-12-20
    Moll FlandersDaniel Defoe (1660-1731)“Robinson Crusoe” published in 1719 brought Daniel Defoe instant fame.In 1722 he published Moll Flanders.The author made believe that this novel, like Robinson Crusoe, was based on real life and told by the adventurer himself, or adventuress in the case of Moll Flanders. Therefore the story is written in the first person, in the language of the early eighteenth century. The first part of the novel, when Mo...
  • Sarah
    2015-11-06
    This was a fun and funny story. Moll is an interesting character because she starts out conventionally and then heads down a less moral path early on, slowly picking up speed along the way. Her tales are sometimes so outlandish (Oops! I married my own brother!) that it's hard to believe that this could all happen to one person. Perhaps it isn't so outlandish when you consider that the book covered nearly 70 years.I got many, many laughs out of th...
  • Milena
    2015-08-08
    Koliko je u svom pionirstvu veliki ovaj roman, toliko je maestralan prevod Borivoja Nedića iz 1960. godine.Volela bih da sam pročitala ovaj roman pre nego što sam imala prilike da stanem pred grob ovog čoveka pre nekoliko godina, ali recimo da mu ni ovako nisam ostala dužna u iskazivanju poštovanja. :-) Defoe rules! :-P