The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders is a 1722 novel by Daniel Defoe.
Defoe wrote this after his work as a journalist and pamphleteer. By 1722, Defoe had become recognized as a 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; Robert Walpole was beginning his rise, and Defoe was never fully at home with the Walpole group.
Defoe’s Whig views are nevertheless evident in the story of Moll. The full title of the novel tells part of its story: “The 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), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv’d Honest and died a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums.”
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December 03, 2012
Very interesting story. Shows what life was like for many in 1600s. Not my favorite book but worth hearing. A little bit risky. Not for children.
December 01, 2012
Enjoyable and entertaining.
October 30, 2012
Other reviewers dislike the lady with the raspy voice, but I thought it was perfect for the story. The story itself was tiresome at times, but interesting enough.
May 18, 2012
The lady With the monotone voice was awful! It sounded like she could not breathe. She read a lot of chapters, but if you can get past that it was a great listen.
April 04, 2012
As a female reader, this book gives a frightening account of the hardships and adversities of the poor class, especially the women, during the 17th century. These struggles are well-supported through numerous historical writings. Although Defoe wrote this novel "to be taken as a moral lesson", based upon his own struggles with debt, political betrayal, and prison, it may more likely be a social commentary on the political and social order of the time. I enjoyed this novel quite a bit, as much for the differences in the readers as for the work of Mr. Defoe.
February 28, 2012
This book was fine. The narrating was fine until some lady with a really raspy voice took over....
February 17, 2012
Very interesting book really enjoyed it.
January 25, 2012
Really enjoyed listening to this book!
August 23, 2011
Loved the book, very interesting!