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Moll Flanders | [Daniel Defoe]

Moll Flanders

One of the earliest novels in English, Moll Flanders is the purported autobiography of a heroine who is undoubtedly one of the most lively, convincing, and delightful rogues in literature. 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.
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One of the earliest novels in English, Moll Flanders is the purported autobiography of a heroine who is undoubtedly one of the most lively, convincing, and delightful rogues in literature.

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

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    Adrienne Black Mountain, NC, United States 05-18-11
    Adrienne Black Mountain, NC, United States 05-18-11
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    "Love the accent"

    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.

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    nyog Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 09-05-12
    nyog Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 09-05-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great novel, beautifully read"

    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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