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The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Charles Dickens, David Paroissien
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
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Edwin Drood is contracted to marry Orphan Rosa, but they break the engagement off-and soon afterwards Edwin disappears. Is it murder? And is his jealous uncle-a sinister choirmaster with a double life and designs on Rosa-the killer? Dickens died before completing the story, leaving the mystery... show more
Edwin Drood is contracted to marry Orphan Rosa, but they break the engagement off-and soon afterwards Edwin disappears. Is it murder? And is his jealous uncle-a sinister choirmaster with a double life and designs on Rosa-the killer? Dickens died before completing the story, leaving the mystery unsolved and encouraging successive generations of readers to turn detective. In addition to its tantalizing crime, the novel also offers a characteristically Dickensian mix of the fantastical world of the imagination and a vibrantly journalistic depiction of gritty reality. This edition features a new critical introduction that assesses the evidence to show whether the mystery can truly be solved, as well as a chronology, illustrations, appendixes (including one on opium use in the nineteenth century). Edited with an introduction and notes by David Paroissien.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140439267 (0140439269)
ASIN: 140439269
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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XLeptodactylous
XLeptodactylous rated it
4.0 Mystery of Edwin Drood
In cloisteresque Cloisterham, John 'Jack' Jasper lives with his ward and nephew, Mister Edwin Drood, and teaches music to Drood's own betrothed-the beguiling Rosa. Meanwhile, arriving at Cloisterham, the Landless twins, Neville and Helena of exotic advantage, cause a disruption to the quiet and mono...
Yzabel
Yzabel rated it
Charles. Oh, Charles.Why did you have to die before you finished writing your book? T_T
Austen to Zafón
Austen to Zafón rated it
3.0 The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Penguin Classics)
It's hard to have much opinion on a book the author left half finished. In my edition (pantheon books, 1980) the story is completed by Leon Garfield. He did an okay job. I hear there are better editions, but I moved on.
the reader of books
the reader of books rated it
4.0 The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Penguin Classics)
Dickens! Even when he is infuriatingly verbose, he is still eminently readable. There were so many wonderful characters -- Mr. Crisparkle, Miss Twinkleton, Durdles, Helena Landless, Mr. Grewgious, the Billiken. I was even fond of Rosa and poor Edwin, who were probably the most boring of the lot. Is ...
Randolph "Dilda" Carter
Randolph "Dilda" Carter rated it
4.0 The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Probably could have been a great book if it had an ending or we at least knew what happened. Far bleaker and creepy than any other Dickens work. I really like Drood but hate the people who tried to write endings for it (and the endings they wrote).
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