The Two Destinies
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ebook, 357 pages
Published December 2nd 2010 by Pubone.Info
(first published 1876)
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This late novel tells the story of Mary Dermody and George Germaine, who fall in love when they are little more than children. Circumstances force them apart, but the girl's grandmother insists that the two are destined to be together and that they will find a way to each other again. Many years later, George comes across a young woman attempting to drown herself. He saves her life, not realising that she is the girl he fell in love with ten years earlier. They both have different surnames (he u...more
Well, they weren't kidding when they said that it was Victorian melodrama -- it was quite dramatic. It is the perfect book for visions, deformed and veiled mysterious women, Scottish moors, fake marriages, murder suicides and strange coincidences involving kindred spirits who fail to recognize each other in the flesh like 10 times over. I think that there is a reason why The Woman in White and The Moonstone are the only Collins we still read.
Usually I love Wilkie Collins but this one seemed so overly dramatic that I had a difficult time getting through it. Plus it used the ploy of continually omitting one very specific and important information from the characters to prolong the plot. When the one piece of information was finally shared, the book ended.
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...