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D ageBy 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 and Tory party leaders with whom he had been associated Ro. Did I enjoy this novel No In some ways its story and writing techniue 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 today but only sketched out in infant form You have to love it because you love the fully formed adult person now and it s so suee fascinating to see that some bits have been there since the very beginning I m a bit of lit geek and I loved seeing how you could see the beginnings of the characterrealist novel in Moll Flanders The whole thing is plot than character Certainly Moll has far less internal substance and texture than Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina However Moll is also the progenitor or one of the progenitors of later heroines like Scarlett O Hara Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell or Emma Harte A Woman of Substance Barbara Taylor Bradford survivalist bad girl who triumphs over everything the author throws at her And boy does he throw everything at her husband 1 is a seducing cad who marries her off to his brother husband 2 dies after a few years of marriage husband 3 turns out to be her brother husband 4 is a highway man who tricks her into marrying him but eventually lets her go husband 5 is a decent man who dies after five years of marriage And in between husbands 3 and 4 is an extended love affair And so Moll is also the daughter of the Wife of Bath Was this a good read Not in the fun sense of the term nor in the value judgement sense either But I think it certainly belongs in the canon and if that s something that matters to you and there s zero reason why it should then it certainly was a good read

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The Fortunes and 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

Bert Walpole was beginning his rise Defoe was never fully at home with the Walpole group Defoe's Whig views are nevertheless evident in the story of Moll The novel's full title gives some insight into this and the outline of the plot. Style wise this classic novel isn t the easiest book for the 21st century reader In period fashion Defoe goes in for many long long sentences full of commas and semi colons Some of them stretch to an entire page In terms of vocabulary though it s remarkable how little English has changed in 300 yearsThe book is supposed to have been written by the central character who goes by the name Moll Flanders though we re not told what her real name is Moll looks back on her life as she approaches the age of 70 and the book ends with the words written in 1683 I d always thought of Moll Flanders as a character in an 18th century world but had she been a real person she would have lived through the English Civil War Cromwell and the Restoration Although none of those events feature in the book that is the world we should think of when we picture the settingOne feature of the 17th century was the lack of bureaucracy For example Moll s second husband is a gambler and wastrel who flees to France to escape his creditors Moll then moves house assumes a new name and marries again as simple as that A lack of bureaucracy has pros and cons though If you ran out of money in 17th century England there was no government to send you a social security cheue Throughout the novel Moll s actions are motivated by one fear I had the terrible prospect of poverty and starving which lay on me as a frightful spectre She continually calculates how much money she has Conventionally the story is one of moral decline and redemption I think it s possible to interpret the ending another way but will avoid saying for fear of spoilers The book is also a commentary on the position of women in early modern England and the lack of opportunities open to them As an innocent teenager Moll is seduced by the flattery and false promises of a wealthy young man At this stage she is sinned against rather than sinner but as her life progresses she gradually becomes hard hearted and calculating deliberately using her looks to manipulate men When the man who becomes her fifth husband starts to court her she comments how I played with this lover as an angler does with a trout Moll uses what she has to get men to transfer their wealth to her On one occasion she is picked up by a wealthy gent Would such gentlemen but consider the contemptible thoughts which the very women they are concerned with in such cases as these have of themwhen he is as it were drunk in the ecstasies of his wicked pleasure her hands are in his pockets searching for what she can find there As Moll gets older she can no longer rely on her looks and turns to a life of crime By this point she has almost entirely lost her sense of right and wrong To most modern readers her life of borderline prostitution is not as shocking as it might have been in Defoe s time but other aspects of her behaviour are so She has several children by her various husbands but with one exception they disappear from the text almost as soon as they are mentioned As far as I could tell Moll simply abandons them Worth a read if you are interested in the classics

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The Fortunes Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders aka Moll Flanders is a novel by Daniel Defoe first published in 1722 It purports to be the true account of the life of the eponymous Moll detailing her exploits from birth until ol. 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 take the hindmost Mistress Moll Flanderses tale self told came off but three Yeares from the romaunce of Robinson Crusoe that was cast away on the Island in the Oroonouoo This Dan Foe for such indeed was his original name was a scribbler for the news presses and a great stirrer of pothers for the Politick Parties and so twas nothing astonishing that he got himself into Newgate a time or two and also had a spell in the Stocks and he dabbled in Matters of Business with gusto than wise discrimination and of a like twas no great surprize that he finds himself Publickly Bankrupted and so finding he can turn out tales at speed and that the Printers are at need of a very fluid pen he puts forth eight long tales in FIVE YEARS and him a man of SIXTY years In those dayes of ueen Anne and King George THE FIRST this style of tale telling was new there was hardly an one before Crusoe and so it was called novel meaning a NEW THING So to come now to Mistress Moll it was no meer nothing that an entertainment should be found in the detailled moral conundrums that this woman was got into at so many times and what she herself made of them and how she justifyed them and so forth Each twist of FATE is to be chewed over mightily for page upon page until Mistress Moll s jaws may shurely have begun twingeing Ponder ponder ponder so goes she And then ponder ponder ponder But on occasion Moll will come forth with such a line as this It is but here and there that a Man is to be Found who is fit for a Woman to Venture uponIn regards to the NOVEL may we say this I wonder That by the time the 4th or 5th child has begun walking and talking it is not such a Phenomenon indeed may you look back and shake your Head at the great wonder you did make of the first that did so


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    the person who was reading this used 49 cent copy of moll flanders before me stopped reading at page 26 judging by the abr

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    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

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    Moll Flanders Daniel DefoeThe Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders Who was Born in Newgate Pris

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    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

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    Did I enjoy this novel? No In some ways its story and writing techniue 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 toda

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    3 things I liked about this book1 Moll's distinctive character and voice2 Her ability to turn almost any situation into a positive eventually Moll Flanders wobbles but she never falls down3 How the book highlighted the difficult positions a woman could be left in during this period as a result of for example becoming wi

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    Style wise this classic novel isn’t the easiest book for the 21st century reader In period fashion Defoe goes in for many long long sentences full of commas and semi colons Some of them stretch to an entire page In terms of vocabulary though it’s remarkable how little English has changed in 300 yearsThe book is supposed to have been written by the central character who goes by the name “Moll Flanders” though we’re not told what h

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    The original and complete title of Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe is thisThe Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders Etc 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

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    The Fortunes Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders cWho 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 Ho

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    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 B