Adult Fiction Books Reviews

Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

November 20, 2017

My first and main question is what kind of book has no chapters, no discernible breaks, just continuous prose? Granted this novel was originally published in 1722 but still. I think that's why I had such a hard time reading it. The story I loved, the characters I loved but the fact I couldn't sit and think I'll read three chapters tonight I didn't all. It wasn't even the fact its in a slightly older form of English. After a while I got used to that. At first it was difficult. I haven't read a 'classic' in around two years so it was like trying to puzzle out Yoda's speech. However, I got used to it. I'm still bitter about the lack of chapters, can you tell? I have Robinson Crusoe sat on my shelf at home and I'm now decidedly afraid to pick it up. 

Lack of structure aside. The story itself follows Moll Flanders, though when we first meet her she goes by a different name. None of which are her real name. It tells of her many rises and falls both economically and socially. The many husbands she goes through (I mean I think she rivalled Henry VIII for the amount of spouses she had) and the children she had with them. How she acquired money and lost money... and acquired it....and lost it. Can you see a pattern here? Moll Flanders is a work of Realism, the idea of recreating everyday life with some exaggerations. Or in this case an awful lot... I can't imagine anyone have such awful luck as Moll or at times also incredibly good luck!

Moll is a morally ambiguous character. She knows what she's doing is wrong but at the same time is trapped in a cycle she can't escape and so continues to do wrong. I think that's something many can relate to, though hopefully not to the extent of Moll! It's certainly a novel I won't be forgetting any time soon. 


Name: Moll Flanders

Author(s): Daniel Defoe

Publisher: Vintage

Pages: 352

ISBN: 9780099518877

Rating: 3.5/5

Have you read Moll Flanders? 

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x 

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