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Armadale - Wilkie Collins, John Sutherland
Armadale
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An innovative novel featuring an astonishingly wicked female villain, Wilkie Collins' "Armadale" was regarded by T.S. Eliot as 'the best of [his] romances'. This "Penguin Classics" edition is edited with an introduction and notes by John Sutherland. When the elderly Allan Armadale makes a... show more
An innovative novel featuring an astonishingly wicked female villain, Wilkie Collins' "Armadale" was regarded by T.S. Eliot as 'the best of [his] romances'. This "Penguin Classics" edition is edited with an introduction and notes by John Sutherland. When the elderly Allan Armadale makes a terrible confession on his death-bed, he has little idea of the repercussions to come, for the secret he reveals involves the mysterious Lydia Gwilt: flame-haired temptress, bigamist, laudanum addict and husband-poisoner. Her malicious intrigues fuel the plot of this gripping melodrama: a tale of confused identities, inherited curses, romantic rivalries, espionage, money - and murder. The character of Lydia Gwilt horrified contemporary critics, with one reviewer describing her as 'One of the most hardened female villains whose devices and desires have ever blackened fiction'. She remains among the most enigmatic and fascinating women in nineteenth-century literature and the dark heart of this most sensational of Victorian 'sensation novels'. John Sutherland's introduction illustrated how Wilkie Collins drew on scandalous newspaper headlines and on new technology particularly the penny post and the telegraph - to lend extra pace and veracity to his tale. This edition also contains notes, further reading and an appendix on stage dramatisations of "Armadale". Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) was born in London in 1824, the eldest son of the landscape painter William Collins. In 1846 he was entered to read for the bar at Lincoln's Inn, where he gained the knowledge that was to give him much of the material for his writing. From the early 1850s he was a friend of Charles Dickens, who produced and acted in two melodramas written by Collins, "The Lighthouse" and "The Frozen Deep". Of his novels, Collins is best remembered for "The Woman in White" (1859), "No Name" (1862), "Armadale" (1866) and "The Moonstone" (1868). If you enjoyed "Armadale", you might like Collins' "No Name", also available in "Penguin Classics".
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140434118 (0140434119)
ASIN: 140434119
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 721
Edition language: English
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Reading Slothfully
Reading Slothfully rated it
4.0 Armadale
This is a rather long, somewhat confusing, but extremely engaging book. First of all, there's an Alan Armadale who is in the process of dying in a Swiss health resort. He's there with his mulatto wife and his young son, also named Alan Armadale. Before he dies, he writes a confession, which is to be...
TonyTalbot
TonyTalbot rated it
4.0 4/5: Armadale by Wilkie Collins
When a man named Allan Armadale (Senior-1) murders a man named Allan Armadale (Senior-2), it sets in motion a dramatic and long complication that takes twenty years to resolve. By the way, Allen Senior-1 has a son called Allan Armadale (Junior-1), as does Armadale Senior-2 (Armadale Junior-2).Armada...
Book Souk
Book Souk rated it
4.0 Wilkie Collins: Armadale
No spoilers here. Just a reaction. It's been years since I read The Moonstone and The Woman in White. It seemed like time to revisit the other two Wilkie Collins books that are most often recommended: Armadale and No Name, so I'd added them to my Book Jar. Last Sunday, I pulled out the slip for...
AnnaMatsuyama
AnnaMatsuyama rated it
A spoiler-ish rambling.Am I mad? Yes; all people who are as miserable as I am are mad. Before I started this book, I expected that Miss Lydia Gwilt (35) is going to be evil and manipulative as Shakespeare's Iago. And while she definitely lied, manipulated and was ready to commit a fraud and murder, ...
msleighm books
msleighm books rated it
3.0 Armadale
Not my favorite by Wilkie. Maybe I'll come back to it again later.
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