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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We be ...more
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Published December 1st 2008 by B&R Samizdat Express
(first published 1886)
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Apr 27, 2012 Marts (Thinker) rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Enter Gerard Roylake, returning from Germany after his father dies, for his inheritance at Trimley Deen awaits. Whilst on an evening stroll he meets a childhood friend, Cristel Toller, and then their strange resident called The Lodger... Well of course Gerard likes Cristel, the Lodger is jealous, and soon a bizarre chain of events occur...
Really a letdown in the last quarter of the story. It didn't seem to go anywhere after the first part of the book being very intriguing. It's like he just decided to quit writing, without furnishing his readers with any closure. I have loved all of the other Wilkie Collins books I have read. I listened to this as a free audiobook from Librivox.org.
opera indubbiamente *minore* (per numero di pagine, complessità della trama, numero dei personaggi) in cui si narra una storia torbida come le acque del fiume ma senza grandi colpi di scena. c'è da dire che un grande maestro come collins sa intrattenere e trascinare il lettore anche quando non è al massimo della forma- ad avercene, di scrittori così!
My copy of this book was actually printed in the early 1900's by my best guess. The publisher was Harpers. It was a good, quick read and I enjoyed it. A bit of a mystery and some romance, but no blood or sex. That's one reason I like to read the older books - much less graphic than most of today's writing.
trademark 'coincidences' and the novel is to brief to develop characters in any believable way-plot is dependent on believing a man is so tormented by going deaf that he is prepared to consider murdering two innocent people, one the girl he 'loves' and the other a complete stranger.
I'm pretty sure I've now read all the great Wilkie Collins books, cause all that seem to left are formulaic crappy stories like this one. Read Moonstone or Armadale and don't bother with this one, Haunted Hotel or Miss/Mrs. (All in one collection in this copy.)
A close friend of Charles Dickens' from their meeting in March 1851 until Dickens' death in June 1870, William "Wilkie" Collins was one of the best known, best loved, and, for a time, best paid of Victorian fiction writers. But after his death, his reputation declined as Dickens' bloomed. Now, Collins is being given more critical and popular attention than he has received for fifty years. Most of ...moreMore about Wilkie Collins...