“The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, Etc. Who was born in Newgate, and during a life of continu'd Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest and died a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums.”
Having been born in a prison with no prospects whatsoever, Moll Flanders spends a lifetime in flux, attempting to exchange poverty, sin and misfortune, for property, power and, occasionally, love.
Through his ever-entrepreneurial heroine, Defoe explores the what it means to be a woman of no means in the 17th century and whether it is possible, after a lifetime of sinning, to truly find redemption.
In this tragicomic account of a life well-lived, he creates one of the most enduring characters in the English language.
- Vivid descriptions of 17th-century London
- A rollicking romp of a novel, packed full with Moll's endless trials and tribulations
- Framed as a supposedly honest memoir, it's a classic example of the unreliable narrator