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A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
I found this story of a nerve-stricken man and his shattered marriage to be less entertaining than Collins' usual, mainly because it relies on an uncomfortable strain of anti-Catholicism - and associated mercenary motives - for its villain, Father Benwell, who is just about as stereotypical a Jesuit...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
An early novel by Collins (though the introduction, in the Kindle version I read, indicated that this was a later edition that Collins had revised). It's also a shortish novel by Collins standards, so once the action gets going, it zips along at a fair pace. The opening chapters, admittedly, are slo...
Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it 3 months ago
The Moonstone, a yellow diamond looted from an Indian temple and believed to bring bad luck to its owner, is bequeathed to Rachel Verinder on her eighteenth birthday. That very night the priceless stone is stolen again and when Sergeant Cuff is brought in to investigate the crime, he soon realizes t...
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 4 months ago
Well, the third week really hit my bingo experience out of the ballpark this year -- and not only because it finished with my first completed bingo; that was actually just the icing on the cake. But it included no less than three absolutely knock-out fabulous books, plus a fourth that was almost as...
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 4 months ago
The Lady Detectives is a compilation of four full cast radio dramatizations of early Golden Age mysteries focusing on women detectives; not only pioneering works of detective fiction as such but works that give their women protagonists much greater agency than the majority of their female contempora...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
This is a fine old melodrama. It's really much too long and complicated to be easily adapted to a play (although Collins did so, apparently, to protect his rights). But there is decidedly something of the Victorian theatre in the easily contrasted main male characters, the wild coincidences, the spe...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
This is Wilkie Collins' first published novel, and it definitely shows. I am generally a fan of the expansiveness of Victorian prose, and of the tendency of Victorian narrators to break the fourth wall and address the reader directly. I find both things charming. But "discursive" doesn't begin to co...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 1 year ago
(Original Review, 1981-01-28)The instant my eyes rested on her, I was struck by the rare beauty of her form, and by the unaffected grace of her attitude. Her figure was tall, yet not too tall; comely and well-developed, yet not fat; her head set on her shoulders with an easy, pliant firmness; her wa...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 1 year ago
(Original Review, 1981-01-25)Beauty is completely subjective, and in Victorian times when this novel was written, the ideal of beauty was extremely different to what we would consider attractive now. Blond, blue eyed, curly hair and very pale was considered lovely. Women went to incredible lengths t...
Portable Mistletoe
Portable Mistletoe rated it 1 year ago
Because I read somewhere that The Moonstone was the first detective mystery novel, and because I’ve read very few mysteries not written in the last 50 years or so, I expected a different sort of book. I was looking for an early Poirot or Sherlock Holmes, and instead found it more like a romance with...
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