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No Name by Wilkie Collins
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Jan 07, 14

bookshelves: sensation, fiction, mystery
Read in July, 2011

I enjoyed this a lot and haven't finished thinking about it yet. My first impression is that it's a more laborious novel than The Woman in White. It has a number of things in common with it, including a plot centering on a desperate struggle to restore a lost or stolen identity, a great deal of elaborate scheming and counter-scheming, and an array of colorful characters. But it has nobody as deliriously awesome as Count Fosco, and the two sisters at the heart of the story, while effective foils, aren't as sensational a pair as Laura and Marian. For some readers that might be an improvement rather than a deficit; for one thing, Magdalen has a moral complexity to her that the WiW women lack. I thought the working out of the various stages of the plot got long-winded, which is one reason I managed to finish it up kind of quickly: once I could see the suitable suitors on the horizon and anticipate at least the gist of the resolution, I got a bit tired of the machinery required to bring it about and did some judicious skimming.

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Reading Progress

01/03 page 135
01/05 page 265
35.0% "Mrs. Wragge!"
01/06 page 405
54.0% "Oh my goodness, the plotting and scheming! Such fun."
01/07 page 580
77.0% "I'm 95% sure I know how things are going to end, but I don't know exactly how we're going to get there! If I settle in tonight I just might finish it and find out."
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