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The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
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Mar 09, 2012

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I picked this up after reading Hazel’s friend’s suggestion that one should read a Dickens a year. The Mystery of Edwin Drood is Dickens’ last book—unfinished since Dickens died halfway through the piece. It’s probably most memorable for its unfinished aspects, though the cast of characters (always unique and loopy) includes a few new varieties (the erratic opium addict and a truly horrible sprite who stones everyone) along with the standard cast: the feeble-minded princess, the intelligent young woman (intelligent except that she dotes on the princess), and the young slacker (Edwin himself). At the time of this writing, Dickens had left his wife of many years and was navigating an affair with a young actress—not that an author’s personal life has anything to do with his writing (?). The book ‘Drood’ (again, thank you Hazel) is a sequel but it’s of door-stop heft and rather daunting.

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