The convergence of my dimming eyesight and my very kind husband left me this holiday with a new magical toy called the Kindle. The Kindle is a reading machine made by Amazon smaller and thinner than most novels. It allows me to make type so big it would make the Readers' Digest Large Print editor sit up and take notice. Now I am able to resume my previous hobby of reading every book on the planet. I used to be a librarian remember?
After I finished The Jungle by Upton Sinclair last week, I downloaded The Fortunes & Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe, another literary classic I had read in high school. This one takes place in London and surrounding areas, and a bit in the American colonies in the 1600s. It is a first-person account of a woman's life from childhood to her elderly retirement. I seem to be on a theme of finding stories about people whose lives are SO BAD in comparison to anything we can experience ourselves in this day-and-age, that my life seems fantastic by comparison. Definitely makes me consider with reverence every meal I am privileged to consume. Apparently in the 1600s, women were still just property, and their welfare was entirely reliant upon the men in their lives. Consequently, Moll (not her real name, but one she took on as her infamous alias during her inevitable con days) went thru half a dozen husbands. They either died or abandoned her, leaving her each time with several children. What she does to survive, and her thought processes to do so, seemed to actually make quite a bit of sense in the context of her choices, and provided me the a thoroughly absorbing and compelling story that I couldn't put down.
Anyway, I highly recommend this book, and it happens to be FREE to download into your Kindle if you have one, or you can get Kindle software for your PC here. Or even read it on your iPhone with the Kindle Reader app here. Get The Fortunes & Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe for FREE here.
As I read books again now, I'll blog the free Kindle ones to you this year!