Roxana

Roxana 1724 , Defoe s last and darkest novel, is the autobiography of a woman who has traded her virtue, at first for survival, and then for fame and fortune Its narrator tells the story of her own wicked life as the mistress of rich and powerful men A resourceful adventuress, she is also an unforgiving analyst of her own susceptibilities, who tells us of the price shRoxana 1724 , Defoe s last and darkest novel, is the autobiography of a woman who has traded her virtue, at first for survival, and then for fame and fortune Its narrator tells the story of her own wicked life as the mistress of rich and powerful men A resourceful adventuress, she is also an unforgiving analyst of her own susceptibilities, who tells us of the price she pays for her successes Endowed with many seductive skills, she is herself seduced by money, by dreams of rank, and by the illusion that she can escape her own past Unlike Defoe s other penitent anti heroes, however, she fails to triumph over these weaknesses Roxana s fame lies not only in the heroine s vast variety of fortunes , but in her attempts to understand the sometimes bitter lessons of her life as a Fortunate Mistress Defoe s achievement was to invent, in Roxana , a gripping story teller as well as a gripping story.
Roxana Roxana Defoe s last and darkest novel is the autobiography of a woman who has traded her virtue at first for survival and then for fame and fortune Its narrator tells the story of her own wi

  • Title: Roxana
  • Author: Daniel Defoe John Mullan
  • ISBN: 9780192834591
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Roxana”

    1. Daniel Defoe, the popular 1700s smut peddler, is back with another sexy story about sexy sluts having sex - and this one might be his dirtiest yet! Roxana offers her maid up for sexual purposes to her lover! She dresses like a harem slave and puts on sexy little dance numbers! It's not as dirty as famed 1750 porno Fanny Hill, but it's not so far off.Defoe likes to put his characters in desperate straits. He's most famous for the one about the castaway, but his two next-most-famous books - this a [...]

    2. This book has the most modern, compelling and insightful argument about why women of 1724 were better to stay unmarried, which is an absolute must read and highlights all Roxana's strengths. I promise, the rest of the novel is NOTHING like this. If you're interested in checking it out, skip to the bottom spoiler tag.I'm not one of those people who DNF's books. And yeah, I abandoned The Oresteia but you would too if you had to read all those footnotes after you dropped the classIf I was smart (an [...]

    3. Oh! It's so deliciously old! Sentences that stretch for paragraphs; seemingly random capitalization scattered about the pages! And yet, it is so human a story you can hardly believe the creature that called themselves humans in the 1720s could have so much in common with you, your very self. Everyone is so naughty! It makes being good seem garishly modern.

    4. In the realm of odd comparisons to make between books, here’s one: This one and Interview With The Vampire. Not because there are any vampires or anything (obviously), but because of my feelings toward the respective protagonists. The main thing I remember about reading Interview is how much Louis annoyed me with his constant whining, and how much I wished he would just shut up and get over it. I’m pretty sure that that same feeling about Defoe’s nameless heroine (her name isn’t really R [...]

    5. I loved this book SO MUCH!!!! I have to say that the end is a bit weird I didn't expect it to end this way but I didn't hate it anyway. It is very well written, so pleasurable to read. Roxana is one of the best character I have ever known, she's SO feminist and I loved her badass side. She hates men as much as I do. Loved her.

    6. Okay so, I would have never read this if it hadn’t been on the 1001 Books to Read Before you Die list. I’m glad that it’s on the list! I was amused by Lady Roxana’s antics, and feel that this was mere child’s play compared to modern morality. It gives you a perspective of how strict and stressful life of women in the 1670s and beyond were. This would be a useful reference for anyone pursuing a History major, or Literature minor.

    7. When Roxana strips her maid and forces the girl into bed with Roxana's own lover, she can reflect after the fact that she did this because she was unwilling to let her maid be morally superior to her. "As I thought myself a Whore," she explains, "I cannot say that it was something design'd in my Thoughts, that my Maid should be a Whore too, and should not reproach me for it." That's the kind of introspection that makes Roxana such an interesting narrative voice and something that distinguishes h [...]

    8. Books for university are not always the best read. This book do have a fascinating, interesting and perfect woman villain though, just like in Moll Flanders. She was both incredibly frustrating and funny in how manipulative, devious, selfish and self-centered she was.

    9. Roxanne !!! put on the red light put on the red lightIndeed, Roxana has exceptional success in the mistress/pussypower business, becoming an independent lady in a world where men control commerce and political power. Defoe explores the role and viability of female Authority in a man's world, by narrating from Roxana's perspective.The book has many dull passages, but the fourth star is for the novel's dark drama, and its sometimes brilliant and morally complex passages - Roxana forcing her maid i [...]

    10. I can't believe the print edition of this is only 200+ pages. I had the ebook and it felt like at least 500 pages. Of course, there were no creative writing classes in the 1720s. The first half is fine, and there's a lot of interesting stuff about the position of women in society at the time, as well as a surprising amount of travel and commerce between England, France and the Netherlands. But the second half dragged and became a chore.

    11. I loved psychoanalyzing Roxana and her relationships with Amy, her children, and her clients. Thanks to my brilliant Brit Lit professor, I also enjoyed discussing this book's structure (or lack thereof), the theme of redemption, and Defoe and his sadistic mind games. While I do not walk away from reading this changed or particularly impressed, I appreciate it on an intellectual level and as a work with a crazy narrator.

    12. There is a huge difference between 17th and 18th century English literature. I had a very difficult time getting through this book. First, it was written in the style of its era, and I found the capitalized nouns and italicized proper nouns extremely distracting. Add to that the narrator's disjointed story-telling, and I almost put the book down several times. I can't say I was rewarded for persevering, but I was hugely relieved when I finished!

    13. This novel has left me conflicted to say the least. Roxana is undoubtedly a mesmeric, beguiling character but I simply cannot disconnect my reception of her to proto-feminist notions of female empowerment and emancipation; although her character pontificates over the position of women with some choice feminist rhetoric, I am unable to quell my doubts about how much this notion of unreliable narration undercuts and in many ways is meant to invalidate what she says as mere signs of unwholesome van [...]

    14. I didn't expect I would enjoy this book as much as I did. Just because its an older book doesn't mean that it isn't a good one. I did wish it had ended in a different way but I am aware that there are alternate endings created by editors so that might be worth taking a look at.

    15. Defoe's last novel is a remarkable curiosity. It addresses issues of female sexual freedom and financial independence head-on, and must have seemed daringly radical when it was first published in 1724. It gives full narrative control to its eponymous heroine, who chooses what parts of her own story to tell, and what to omit, and who is the sole judge of her own actions and motivations. It sets up (but does not fully follow through on) a fascinating three-way conflict between pragmatic necessity, [...]

    16. I suspect this book was fairly risque for its time. Even today, it reads as fairly sexy. But the story seems very dated and quaint to a modern reader. While Roxana worries constantly about how her past will ruin her future if it becomes known, I found it hard to believe even though its probably true for its time. Also, what's up with just ditching all her children? This part of the character made no sense to me even when viewing the story through a historical lens. Did people really just have ki [...]

    17. For its time this work was revolutionary: promiscuity, atheism, bigamy, its all in here. To think that this novel is a near contemporary of Pamela, an excruciatingly moralising tale, makes the contrast all the sharper.The true mark of a writer, Defoe is controversial, and is not intrusive enough to clearly mark out authorial approval or the reverse in regards to Roxana's exploits. Of course, Roxana is the narrator, but her bursts of remorse sound half-hearted and her inference that she is being [...]

    18. WHY did I like this book? I frankly have no idea! Practically nothing happens in it. The heroine is not particularly sympathetic, cool, or even sexy. In fact, for being a novel about a prostitute, there is very little sex or even sensuality in this book. I think the only reason why I survived it is because I liked the use of the language. Probably for most people Defoe's English would not be very easy to read (no quotation marks, lots of strange capitalization, and weird italics). However, I had [...]

    19. There are parts throughout the book that I really liked: how Daniel Defoe makes to be known the difficult situations women had to endure for being women in the 18th century patriarchal society. And particularly good is, in my opinion, the discourse on the multiple disadvantages marriage has for women. But, on the whole, I think Moll Flanders is a much better narrative than Roxana."Hay partes a lo largo de todo el libro que realmente me gustaron: cómo Daniel Defoe muestra la difícil situación [...]

    20. The 18th century "1,001 books" march through whoredom continues with another whore whoring her way around the Whorenited Kingdom. Who finds this claptrap, pun intended, entertaining? Certainly I don't. Defoe is still a deft storytelling hand, but I'm done with the whores who are also part-time accountants tallying every penny that their whoredom earns them. The only thing that sets this one apart is that as she descends further and further into her self-made happily-ever-during-but-collapse-at-t [...]

    21. A beautiful and interesting novel by Daniel Defoe, which addresses a number of themes and ideas, such as the nature marriage, marriage contract, motherhood, personal freedom (especially female freedom), actions and consequences, aims and ends, parental duties and responsibilities, and the power of reason in finding solutions to threats and challenges. I particularly liked proto-feminist Roxana’s discussion about gender differences in marital life in a patriarchal society/culture, and the diffe [...]

    22. This is the last novel written by Daniel Defoe.It tells the story of Roxana, former know as Mlle Beleau, who have to choose between being a burglar or a rich courtesan since she has five children on her own and her loyal servant Amy.Once she made her choice, she embarks in a life with several protectors in different countries: England, France and Holland.I must confess this was not an easy reading since the main character is the narrator of her own story. Moreover, it is written in old English f [...]

    23. I really enjoyed this book and "Roxana" is a fascinating character although she was rather vain at times!I would, however, recommend potential readers seek the full 1745 edition – as this gives a fuller ending (a common cause for complaint, especially here on , is the abruptness of the ending in the original and in the abridged versions).Read my full review at: andreazuvich/book-revi

    24. I read this for uni this semester and I'm pretty sure I've read this book many years ago, but I just don't remember too much about it. In any case, I re-read it and really enjoyed it. The main character holds such advanced views on the female gender and I liked that a lot about her, even if the main character herself is not particularly likeable at times. Still, a great read.4.5 stars!

    25. After a rocky start, I finally finished this book yesssssss.This was certainly different from some of the other classics I've read in that 1) it doesn't have any chapters whatsoever and 2) the main character was certainly . . . interesting.It was definitely enjoyable and different, but I am so glad that's over.

    26. Roxana demonstrated Defoe's great ability to write as a different gender and from a strikingly different social and political perspective than his own. Roxana does not share his (Defoe's) conservative views on marriage. Roxana is, to me, a daring novel for Defoe, mainly due to the subject and her behavior (considering the time when it was published).

    27. I think The Police wrote a song that was analogous of the main character in this book. Worth a read. Defoe oldenises language in a similar way to Peter Carey in ‘The true history of the Kelly Gang’. But Roxana is a different era, and the focus is on women.

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