Born in Newgate Prison and orphaned soon after, Moll is provided with no opportunities in life, yet she is propelled by an unrelenting drive to overcome her background of impoverishment. Donning whatever mask suits her best in the moment, she appraises theft, prostitution, and bigamy only in terms of their profit potential. From her birth to her final position of wealth, Moll Flanders demonstrates a spirit of industry and an indomitable will.
Praised by Virginia Woolf as one of the "few English novels which we can call indisputably great", Moll Flanders is a work of genius which represents an important step in the evolution of the novel.
(P)1995 Blackstone Audio Inc
"Defoe's excellence is to make me forget my specific class, character, and circumstances, and to raise me while I read him into the universal man." (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
Excellent reading, easy to listen to and differentiate the characters. While I am no expert on English accents, Moll Flanders' accent seems appropriate, and I loved listening to it.
First, Nadia May does a fantastic job reading this novel. She brings out the satire, where appropriate, but without laying it on too thick. She animates the characters, but especially Moll herself. The pathos of some of their stories comes through as well, and the HORROR of Newgate Prison.
The story itself is full of sympathy for its main character, almost, it seems, despite Defoe's stated Whig tendencies. I would definitely listen again!
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