This quote illustrates the essential difficulty surrounding much of the critical reception for Arma...more
The plot of the book introduces two distant cousins who both share a dark family secret that follows these two men into their adult lives. This family secret results in both men bearing the name of Allan Armadale. One of the Allans inherits an...more
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To all readers: read the Prologue carefully since it will give all the main hints to the narrative.
Another magnificent and suspenseful story written by Wilkie Collins, my favorite so far.
Ozias Midwinter – His friend
Lydia Gwilt – Forger and laudanum addict, the anti-heroine of the novel
Decimus Brock – A minister and friend of Alan Armadale and Ozias Midwinte...more
Then her diary kicked in and WOULD...NOT...LET...UP. She was way more interesting when tossing off random asides about people and skipping through events. When her entries were broken down in...more
Easily the most compelling character in the book, though, is the villaines...more
A spoiler-ish rambling.
Am I mad? Yes; all people who are as miserable as I am are mad.
Before I started this book, I expected that Miss Lydia Gwilt (35) is going to be evil and manipulative as Shakespeare's Iago. And while she definitely lied, manipulated and was ready to commit a fraud and murder, she wasn't evil and not even cruel. Years of poverty, abuse and betrayal had made her an angry, lonely, embittered and desperate woman, and yet she was strong, intelligent and had wicked sense of h...more
I just spent a considerable amount of time reading, rating, and reviewing a stupidly complex work of "pseudo"philosophy and my brain is about fried. Which is sort of funny considering the plot for Armadale wasn't that much less complicated than that other book. But then that's what we love about Wilkie Collins, isn't it? His sensationlism!
Le meilleur de maître Wilk...more
It’s just not fair that Miss Lydia Gwilt, the female master-villain of Wilkie Collins’s novel Armadale should be reduced to the necessity of taking laudanum, despite all its harmful side effects, in order to find sleep, whereas we, the readers, find in the novel itself a much more reliable soporific, whose only side effect is, as far as I’ve found out, a headache and the bitter awareness of having wasted a couple of hours of valuable lifetime.
Armadale is definitely the family ha...more
In Barbados, Allan Armadale disowns his son Allan Armadale and passes his fortune to his cousin Allan Wentmore on condition he takes the surname Armadale. Armadale-Wentmore hires Fergus Ingleby as his clerk, and sails to Madeira where he has been promised his relative Miss Blanchard in marriage - however, Ingleby, who is of course the disowned son Allan Armadale in disguise, has got there first and married Miss Blanchard. Armadale-Ingleby sails f...more
Initial reaction: So. Intense. That was great. The people are crazy. This plot is crazy. I almost pissed my pants. Lydia Gwilt is my spirit guide. She was so amazing. The “hero” was just…ugh, so frustrating.
Wilkie Collin’s 1866 mystery novel Armadale follows two distant cousins, both named Allan Armadale, and the conniving, intelligent villainess Lydia Gwilt as murder and suspense flood the pages. A story of redemption and confessions, Armadale is a sensation novel packed with action to the very...more
But I really have a difficulty with the doctrine of "predestination" which Sir Walter Scott described perfectly as "the ready apology for whatever [one chooses:] to do" (The Abbot).
In this book there are 2 main characters and one of them believes so strongly in the "curse" (or one could read "predestination") his father put upon him if he chose to enter into certain circumstances that it is all "fu...more
My knowledge of Wilkie Collins comes almost entirely from The Moonstone and The Woman in White. I enjoyed those when I was young, and re-read them several years back. With the advent of e-books and free books, I picked up a lot of Mr. Collins' work (and that of his friend Mr. Dickens). Armadale was my first venture into this unknown territory.
Armadale is a long, convoluted mystery about two men named Allan Armadale, their sons, also convenie...more
Lydia Gwilt, you had me at:
'I had better not write any more, or I shall say something savage that you won't like. I am in one of my tempers to-night. I want a husband to vex, or a child to beat, or something of that sort. Do you ever like to see the summer insects kill themselves in the candle? I do, sometimes. Good-night, Mrs Jezebel.'
Anyway, this is superior Victorian melodrama, with lots of superstition but also good Christian morality. It has the sins of the fathers about to be visited on the sons, mysterious West Indies fortunes, concealed identities, false...more