One of the most determined, energetic, and lusty heroines in all of English literature, Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders will do anything to avoid poverty. Born in Newgate Prison, she was for 12 years a whore, five times a wife (once to her own brother), 12 years a thief, and eight years a transported felon in Virginia before finally escaping from the life of immorality and wickedness imposed on her by society. She is as much a survivor and just as resourceful as Defoe's other great literary creation, Robinson Crusoe.
In this satirical faux autobiography, Moll Flanders, abandoned at birth, sets her rebellious heart on a life of independence. She is determined to make a better life for herself, no matter what it takes: thievery, prostitution, seductions, marriages, or illicit liaisons.
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.
"Love the accent"
Daniel Defoe’s novel is a delightful 18th century classic. Called “the truest realism in English literature” and “the tale of a hot, earthy wench,” it meets both expectations while also offering a remarkable portrayal of an ingenious mind. Moll is born in Newgate prison to a petty thief and is soon left at the mercy of whoever will take her in.
"Excellent Narration of Quite and Odd Book"
Moll Flanders, Defoe's 18th century classic novel, is at once a novel of sin and redemption and a playful and beguiling social commentary set between the Puritan age and the Age of Reason. Taking center stage in this whorl of irony, humor, pathos, and religious faith is one Moll Flanders - both the most plausible sinner and the most pious repentant in English literature. Moll is as controversial today as when she first appeared in 1722.
The fortunes and misfortunes of the famous Moll Flanders.
Follow the fortunes and misfortunes of the famous Moll Flanders. She was born in Newgate, and during a life of continued variety for three-score years, besides her childhood, was 12 years a whore, 5 times a wife (where of once to her own brother), 12 years a thief, 8 years a transported felon in Virginia, at last grew rich, lived honest, and died a penitent.
Moll Flanders is the epitome of a "bawdy" woman, who makes few excuses for herself and is unashamed of her shady past. Now converted to religion, Moll recounts her history, which includes thievery, prostitution, incest, and deception amongst a list of other necessary evils. Often shocking and always funny, Moll's story is poignant and captivating, and our charismatic narrator is sure to bring joy to a listener's ears and heart.
The book is a Puritan tale of sin, repentance, conversion, and redemption as well as a satirical and ironic picaresque novel with a twist (that being its female protagonist). On yet another level, it is a playful and beguiling social commentary set between the Puritan age (which saw humankind as fallen) and the Age of Reason in which humankind was seen as born innocent and good and corrupted by society.
Depicting a woman’s independent struggle to make her own way in life and find a suitable husband. Daniel Defoe created Moll Flanders, who embarks on a journey of sin, bad luck, and mistakes. Daniel Defoe is commonly regarded as one of the greatest English writers, involved in politics and a personal friend of the then King William III. Moll Flanders was written immediately after his first novel, Robinson Crusoe, and enhanced an already burgeoning reputation.
Born in Newgate Prison and abandoned soon after, Moll Flanders is searching for a secure place in society. Her desire to belong propels her into all kinds of trouble from numerous marriages, bigamy and incest to theft. Charting her progress from an innocent but determined young girl to a contentedly resigned elderly woman, Defoe’s novel casts a light on the splendours and iniquities of life in 18th century England and America.
Daniel Defoe's classic satire, read by Jan Francis. Defoe's rumbustious story tells the tale of Moll Flanders - her seductions, marriages and liaisons, and her journey to her mother in Virginia, where it becomes clear that Moll has, without realising, married her own brother. Our resourceful heroine goes to and from America meeting (and sometimes marrying) highwaymen, pickpockets, and dastardly rogues in a wonderful picaresque romp that is one of the most enjoyable and enduring classic novels.