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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
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Jul 22, 09

bookshelves: audiobooks, classics, historical-suspense
Read in July, 2009

This story is told through the reminiscences, diaries, and sworn statements of several characters. The reader quickly learns that these statements are being presented as part of an investigation, but the reason for the investigation is not openly stated at the start, and the reader must piece things together to figure it out. Each narrator reveals a little more of the puzzle of this mystery through explaining their actions and their observations of the actions of others. The catalyst for many of the events is the woman in white, although she is basically a powerless victim who has escaped from a mental asylum.

And that is only one of the themes in this novel. We have the thwarted young love of Walter & Laura, the marriage of obligation of Laura to Sir Percival, Percival's need for money and the big mystery in his past which appears to be the cause of the incarceration of the woman in white. And above all, the powerlessness of women in the 19th century.

This is a wonderfully-written mystery with many twists and turns, and great characters throughout, even the villainous ones.
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Reading Progress

07/15/2009 page 157
22.36% "Part I is told by Walter Hartright, a poor drawing master who falls in love w/Laura & must leave because Laura is engaged to Sir Percival"
07/17/2009 page 324
46.15% "after hearing about, and searching for, the Woman in White, Laura meets her and hears distressing news of a secret her husband is hiding"

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