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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
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Mar 20, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: 1-character-forming, mystery, carp-500
Read in May, 2012 — I own a copy

This book is delicious! Every chapter is a treat. Though I've read it 3 or 4 times now, it never disappoints. The animated personalities of Fosco and Marian, LIVE in these pages, and they remain some of my favorite characters. Laura and Mr. Hartwright are also admirably developed. The intricate plot leads to new discoveries in each scene, and, as you would expect from a work originally published in syndication, pull you through the pages quickly.

There is a thin anti-Christian bias (the pastor's wife, Mrs. Michelson) to Collins work that flows from his personal life. However, while I found it to be severe in "The Moonstone", it is merely a trifle here and doesn't spoil the mystery or characters. This is my favorite Wilkie Collins work.

WHAT!?! You haven't read it? You should.

PS. Did you know this was the first novel to tell a story in many voices, giving each character chapters to discuss the action from their point of view? Collins invented a literary device that has become common. I told you this book was delicious!

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