The Mystery of Edwin Drood
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.
Publish date: May 28th 2002
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, 19th Century
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...
Charles. Oh, Charles.Why did you have to die before you finished writing your book? T_T
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.
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 ...
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).