Moll Flanders

Moll Flanders

Book - 1991
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This is the spirited story of a survivor whose racy anecdotes and shady dealings only underline her essential warmth and goodness. But there is nothing sentimental about Moll, who presents herself warts and all. Though her adventures take her abroad, she remains the vivid creation of London.

Moll Flanders, pickpocket and prostitute-a mercantile genius trading in the oldest human commodity-has been for the past three centuries an enduring representative of reckless vitality combined with unshakable inner virtue. Daniel Defoe manages his story with such skill that our affection for his heroine increases with each astonishing sin she commits.

Moll's adventures-possibly taken by Defoe from the story of some real criminal he met in Newgate, who "five times a wife, twelve year a thief, eight year a transported felon, at last grew rich, lived honest and died a penitent"-is told with the directness of narrative and reality of incident in which Defoe, often called the father of the novel, has never been equaled.

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Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, c1991,1930
ISBN: 9780679405481
0679405488
Branch Call Number: CF DEFOE
Characteristics: xxxiii, 338 p. ; 22 cm

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Aug 04, 2019

Unusual story that I really enjoyed. Had to have been a real page flipper back in the 18th century.

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