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Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins
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Dec 01, 2007

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bookshelves: british, nineteenth-century, romance
Recommended for: lovers of Victorian fiction.
Read in July, 2007

Wilkie Collins is one of my favourite Victorian authors. Poor Miss Finch isn't the great classic that, say, The Moonstone and The Woman in White are, but it has some classical Collins features, such as mistaken identities, outrageous plot twists, grave deceit and fairly extreme characters. The story centres on Lucilla Finch, a blind girl who falls in love with an unambitious but pleasant (albeit blue-faced) young artist. Through a medical miracle, Lucilla regains her sight, only to mistake her lover's twin for her fiance himself. Lots of intricate twists ensue. Told from Lucilla's outspoken French governess' point of view, this is an enjoyable tale exploring the themes of blindness, love and trust.
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Martine Thanks, Chandra. All my Collins books are currently in a box that is slowly making its way to my new address, but do you have any tips for where I should go Collins-wise once they arrive? I've read The Moonstone, The Woman in White, No Name, Poor Miss Finch and another book whose title escapes me. I think I liked No Name best, followed by The Woman in White. Any suggestions for further reading? Have you read Armadale? I'm considering making make that one my next Collins project, but I'm open to other suggestions...

Martine I actually own The Law and the Lady. I remember thinking it sounded very interesting when I bought it, but somehow I've never got round to reading it. I'll make it my next Collins project when it arrives on these shores. I also own Basil, but I don't think I've heard of The Haunted Hotel before. I'll have to check that one out. At any rate, thanks for the recommendations!

Martine Heh. I know all about out-of-control to-read shelves, Chandra. I just added my 500th book to my to-read list half an hour ago. In addition, I have dozens of books sitting on my actual shelves which aren't even on my to-read list, despite the fact that I mean to read them over the next few months. Talk about putting pressure on yourself to get more reading done!

I own The Dead Secret, as well, but as with so many of my other Collins novels, I haven't read it yet. One day...

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