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No Name by Wilkie Collins
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Aug 10, 10

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Read from August 06 to 10, 2010

I enjoyed this in many ways more than Moonstone, and perhaps than A Woman in White, though it was not as tightly coiled as the latter. Captain Wragge is a most delectable and unlikely hero - a con artist who helps our heroine in her attempt to exact revenge on the relation who has, by a trick of law, gotten her and her sister's inheritance and cruelly provided them with virtually nothing. The characters of Mrs. Lecount and poor Mrs. Wragge, polar opposites, are equally colorful.

The sympathetic attitude toward these young women, whose disinheritance was caused, proximately, by the fact that their parents were not married at the time of their birth, makes for an interesting context and commentary on Victorian mores and customs, and the powerlessness of women of no means.

700+ pages passed quickly -- it was at times quite hard to put this book down. (The four stars, versus five, are for the times I felt Collins was padding his wallet by upping the per-word payment he got for publishing this in Dickens' periodical, but it was still worth it!)

Collins did a marvelous job of bringing in different narrative styles ... sometimes using letters (a la Moonstone and Woman in White).
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