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Drood by Dan Simmons
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Mar 22, 10

bookshelves: 2010, fiction, history, memoir, mystery, mostly-true
Read from March 10 to 22, 2010

Wilkie Collins is one unreliable narrator. He's an opium addict who suffers from rheumatic gout, self-delusion, hallucinations and paranoia. He's a misogynist, a hypocrite and is obsessed beyond comprehension with his friend (and/or foe?),Charles Dickens. So how can someone as unlikeable as Wilkie Collins sustain readers' interest in a novel of nearly 800 pages? I have no idea. Dan Simmons is one heck of a writer. He can, as Wilkie Collins, incriminate himself when trying to defend himself and easily paint a portrait of quite lovable Charles Dickens, whom Collins despises more than he loves.
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