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Armadale by Wilkie Collins
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Jul 23, 2011

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Read from March 26 to April 03, 2012

If I could have given this 3 1/2 stars I would have been tempted but as with many of these serialized novels this author succumbs to "writeritis" and can't seem to keep his pen at bay. Collins is at his worst here. The letters between Lydia Gwilt and Maria Overshaw particularly in the middle of the novel go on ad nauseun, ad infinitum and Lydia's diary also suffers from the same disease doing nothing much to advance the plot or anything else except add to the length of an already long novel. His plot is perhaps the most convoluted ever devised and even more confusing is the device where the two main characters and there fathers all have the same name while many of the secondary ones change theirs for all kinds of nefarious reasons. The novel should come with a flow chart to help in keeping all of this straight. Of course it's all great fun in the if not exhausting. I'm ready for the vapor couch...

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