The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Pages no: 232
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).