Customer Review

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel in a very practical edition, 24 Oct 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: Roxana, Or The Fortunate Mistress (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
Roxana is the last of Defoe's novels (1724). Its full title contains a whole programme of extraordinary adventures. The romantic, exotic Mademoiselle de Beleau - for Roxana is only a nickname of the heroin - experiences all the aspects of eighteenth century life. After her first bankrupt husband abandoned her penniless with her children to care for, Roxana tries to mend her fortune, and little by little she climbs up the social ladder until she decides to fulfil her supreme ambition: being the mistress of the King... Roxana goes the way from rags to riches several times, thus leading the readers into all sorts of stations in life. The memoirs of this wicked criminal woman who led a life of scandal and hypocrisy, sometimes verging on madness, have a moral purpose - at least Defoe tells us so ; they are a compelling, moving spiritual autobiography, but at the same time it is an occasion to see eighteenth-century life in very striking and vivid colours. This is why I liked "Roxana" very much. It is also interesting because it contains many ideas and is very modern in a way, eg when Roxana appears as a genuine proto-feminist. This edition is very practical to use because the notes are numerous and relevant, but not "intruding". The introduction also provides interesting perspectives on the significance and the originality of "Roxana". This novel is not so wel-known as "Robinson Crusoe" or "Moll Flanders" but it is worth reading for it's really enjoyable.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.2 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (1)
4 star:
 (4)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
£8.99 £8.79
Add to basket Add to wishlist
A Customer