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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.
Defoe pens all the strange and uncanny events that can and do happen in all our lives, past and present. It's a testimony of the rich graces heaped upon the repentant ex sinner. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Terry
wrongly ordered. Did not know that it was a German version as my German is very elementary to say the leastPublished 7 months ago by Thomas Dickens
It is difficult to believe that this audacious novel was written by the same author as Robinson Crusoe, that classic among all that is definitely traditional and even somewhat... Read morePublished on July 1 2012 by Pierre Gauthier
I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's a dark, sad, searching psychological novel along the lines of Roxana, also by Defoe. Read morePublished on June 13 2012 by Mark Nenadov
I especially enjoyed this novel as an honest account of the Victorian days and a story of a woman longing to be in high society, but not born to be part of it. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2005 by Lisa
I particularly loved this book. I thought it was very cleverly written. I was able to get into the character's life situations and I always wanted to see what would happen to the... Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004
Obviously, this novel is about a prostitute. The writing accompanies this woman's journey without being dry or repetitive. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by Alane Fuller
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe is neither the best nor the worst book I have ever read. I have long been a lover of classical language. Read morePublished on April 21 2003 by Karen Duhai