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"Defoe's influence on the evolution of the English novel was enormous, and many regard him as the first true novelist." (The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature)
Janet Suzman did a wonderful job of bringing this character to life. It is a fascinating tale of class, money and crime. Defoe's formal yet eloquent writing was sublime and well-handled by Suzman.
I really enjoyed this book. If you have read Dafoe before you will like this as much as Robinson Crusoe though totally different. The story is written in a simple and straightforward manner yet with so much turns and twists in the events that makes it hard to take a break from the story (I'd say lay the book down if there were a book to lay). I had to read it in depth to make a book review for a subject at university and not only did it help me complete the read quicker but it was wonderfully enjoyable. The narrator is absolutely marvellous. Clear voice and dramatic tone make the book sound even better in her voice.
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