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Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
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Apr 02, 11

bookshelves: 2011
Read from January 21 to April 01, 2011

I'm debating between 3 and 4 stars on this one... it's easy to see why Wilkie Collins's works are regarded as classic; great character development, social commentary, and a little bit of gothic horror. And not quite as long-winded as Dickens, lol. That being said, I started to get impatient with all the just-missed-your-chance-now-everything-will-go-even-more-badly moments; I kind of wished that Hester Dethridge had been left out, because I liked the plot/social commentary better without her story line. Even though her story does help support the social commentary, but she added lots of victorian-gothic melodrama that wasn't my favorite.

All in all, I'm glad I read it, but I don't think I'll ever reread the whole thing.

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