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Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress

Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress by Daniel Defoe
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Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress by Daniel Defoe is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that delves into themes of love, betrayal, and the complexities of human relationships. The story follows the life of Roxana, a beautiful and intelligent woman who navigates through a series of challenges and dilemmas as she tries to secure her fortune and status in society.

Defoe's masterful storytelling and vivid descriptions truly bring the characters and settings to life, immersing the reader in 17th-century England. The character of Roxana is complex and multifaceted, making her both relatable and intriguing. Her decisions and actions are often morally ambiguous, adding depth and realism to her character.

The novel is filled with twists and turns that keep the reader engaged from beginning to end. The exploration of societal norms and expectations, as well as the consequences of moral compromise, make this a compelling read that prompts reflection and introspection.

Overall, Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress is a timeless classic that offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of women in a bygone era, while also exploring universal themes that are still relevant today. Defoe's prose is eloquent and insightful, making this a must-read for fans of historical fiction and literary classics.

Book Description:
The full title of the novel is Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress Or, a History of the Life and Vast Variety of Fortunes of Mademoiselle de Beleau, Afterwards Called the Countess de Wintselsheim. The novel concerns the story of an unnamed "fallen woman", the second time Defoe created such a character (the first was a similar female character in Moll Flanders). In Roxana, a woman who takes on various pseudonyms, including "Roxana," describes her fall from wealth thanks to abandonment by a "fool" of a husband and movement into prostitution upon his abandonment. Roxana moves up and down through the social spectrum several times.

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Reviewer: - December 10, 2017
Subject: Fiction
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