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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
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Mar 20, 10

bookshelves: classics, book-club, fiction, recommend

I really enjoyed this book that is considered one of the first mystery novels. The plot and characters are both intricate and interesting. The hero, Walter Hartright, is kind, intelligent, and respectable. I even enjoyed the evil antagonists, Count Fosco and Sir Percival, the characters you love to hate. I was grateful for Miss Halcombe, who unlike most women in literature of this time period (1860) was strong-minded and was not afraid to voice her opinion. My one complaint is that, although it is very readable, it can get wordy at times. This can probably be attributed to the time period where authors were rewarded for number of words as opposed to brevity.
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