Beautiful, proud Roxana is terrified of being poor. When her foolish husband leaves her penniless with five children, she must choose between being a virtuous beggar or a rich whore. Embarking on a career as a courtesan and kept woman, the glamour of her new existence soon becomes too enticing and Roxana passes from man to man in order to maintain her lavish society parties, luxurious clothes and amassed wealth. But this life comes at a cost, and she is fatally torn between the sinful prosperity she has become used to and the respectability she craves. A vivid satire on a dissolute society, Roxana (1724) is a devastating and psychologically acute evocation of the ways in which vanity and ambition can corrupt the human soul.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd ISBN: 9780140431490 Number of pages: 416 Weight: 287 g Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm
This is a fascinating book. It is told from the point of view of a woman who becomes a courtesan and deals with her resulting intrigues, fits of conscience and relationships along the way. In many ways it reminds me...
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