The Woman in White
Thus young Walter Hartright first meets the mysterious woman in white in what soon became one of the most popular novels of the nineteenth century. Secrets,...more
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What I learned from this book (in no particular order) :
1. Italians are excitable, dedicated to the opera, and most likely to be involved with organized crime.
2. Beware of fat, jolly Italian counts with submissive wives and fondness of white mice and canaries.
3. Watch out if your newly wed husband lives in a stately pile with an abandoned wing full of creepy Elizabethan furniture. If the said ancestral house is surrounded by dark ponds and eerie woods, expect the worst.
4. A Ba...more
The book is long, but immensely readable, and if a few sections dragged, I just reminded myself that this was written as a newspaper serial, and authors tend to get paid by the word. Those sections were few,...more
The story opens with an eerie encounter, in the dead of night on a moonlit London road.
In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop… There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth…stood the figure of a solitary w...more
The story is definitely very gothic and one of the best mysteries available. It is in the length of the story - most especially the length of the writing that will probably cause many readers to balk. The descriptions, the conversations, the ideas... v...more
I must confess that initially I had thought that this would be a ghost story. The title is very mysterious and the cover made the woman in white appear ethereal. Generally I try to not read too much about a book before I begin. I like to just let it unfold as I read.
Anyway, despite my initial misconception, I loved this book. It had a great build-up, amazing characterizations, and the "just right" ending.
It is told in pieces from varying viewpoints which give it the flavor of indiv...more
Having its origination as a 19th century serial novel, "The Woman In White" is written in first person; in fact, it is actually a modified epistolary form from the perspective of...more
This is considered to be one of the first mystery novels, as...more
In her collection of essays "I Feel Bad about my Neck," she includes a bit about books that have completely transported her. She says it better than I do about this wonderful mystery:
"I open Wilkie Collins's masterpiece, The Woman in White, probably the first great work of mystery fiction ever written (although that description hardly does it justice),...more
Ironically, have been on phone to passport office today. Mine's missing. Somewhere an Oompah Loompah is manoeuvring under my name.
What to say? I really liked it, despite my many, many problems with the text. I'm happy to report that the rampant sexism of the first third of the book or so eventually dies down, and you learn to ignore the useless Laura Fairlie in favour of Fosco and Marian and, above all, the mystery.
I know a common criticism of the book is that it piles on...more
The Woman in White with its epistolary narrative is reminiscent of Bleak House (1852) and shares many of the same flaws. Both are too long, ha...more
I know I read this some decades ago, and yet I don't recall it being such a page-turner. The delineation of character in marvelous, the chapter hooks would do a modern mystery master...more
Soooo, it's a 'classic' - written in the greatest time period ever (1850) and comparable to reading a really long Austen novel with a dark, suspenseful twist. Can you beat that?
I would recommend this to anyone who loves to read - savor and enjoy it!
Collins wrote in the preface to this book, "It may be possible in novel-writing to present characters successfully without telling a story; but it is not possible to tell a story successfully without presenting characters: their existence, as recognisable realities, being the sole condition on which the story can be effectively told. The only narrative which can hope to lay a strong hold on the attention of readers is a narrative which interests them about men and women--for t...more
Random thoughts about The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins:
Count Fosco is a villain I loved to hate. He’s so delightfully devious. And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids...er, I mean his one Fatal Flaw. I’d like to say more, but I don’t want to ruin anything for you.
Then there’s Marian. What a heroine! She’s always protesting that she’s just a woman, or that...more
At first, I thought I might never get through the book, struggling with the language, but after about 6 pages, I found otherwise! :) Collins is true to his characters; while it is by no means predictable, the characters always act within their descriptions and each new action is revealing, rather than contradictory. Does that make sense? Marian is wonderful, Fosco is wonderful...more
I am sure that this is one of those books that will never lose its allure. They story, although written for a Victorian audience, tra...more
Collins does a great job with characters -- very believable and he captures different voices and uses them to unfu...more
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