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This novel explores the role of women, the divided self, and the need to acknowledge the darker side of the personality: a modern theme grafted on to a traditional melodrama.
Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 880 pages
Published August 12th 1999 by Oxford University Press (first published 1866)
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Arah-Lynda
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arah-Lynda by: Cindy Newton
Shelves: top, lod, i-said, paperwhite
There can be no doubt, I love Wilkie Collins writing. It is like I am sitting in a comfortable chair by the fireside, feet up, sipping my wine and listening intently as he tells me a story. This marks the third Wilkie Collins book that I have read and now my second favourite next to The Woman in White.

These days it would seem there are so many new books out there, the ones with buzz, that we all chase after and so we should. There is nothing wrong with that. I just hope that along the way we do
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Jennifer
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves Dickens, Victorian lit, or trashy romance novels
Shelves: favorites
I'm going to start this review with a seemingly random quote from The Simpsons. Milhouse, Bart's best friend, is listing the many mean pranks Bart has played on him over the years. One such prank involved lying to Milhouse after Bart's dog eats his goldfish. Bart tries to convince Milhouse that he never had a goldfish to begin with. To this, Milhouse replies, "But then why did I have the bowl, Bart? WHY DID I HAVE THE BOWL?"

This quote illustrates the essential difficulty surrounding much of the
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Evripidis Gousiaris
Τον Wilkie Collins τον είχα γνωρίσει πριν έναν χρόνο με την Γυναίκα με τα Άσπρα. Εντελώς τυχαία είδα το βιβλίο αυτό (άγνωστο για εμένα μέχρι εκείνη την στιγμή) σε προσφορά... ... Το πήρα παρόλο το μεγάλο του μέγεθος, το οποίο στην αρχή με τρόμαξε (1214 σελίδες), χωρίς να ξέρω κάτι για την υπόθεση, έχοντας μόνο μεγάλη εμπιστοσύνη στον συγγραφέα. ΚΑΙ ΕΥΤΥΧΩΣ ΠΟΥ ΤΟ ΕΚΑΝΑ γιατί το βιβλίο ήταν καταπληκτικό!

Με εντυπωσίασε το ότι ενώ η εξέλιξη και σχεδόν το τέλος του, προοικονομείται στην αρχή του βι
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Sean
Armadale is the 3rd novel I have read out of 4 major works of Wilkie Collins. This is Wilkie Collins’ longest novel and has, I believe, one of the most convoluted plots that I have read of his. It is a semi-epistolary novel that is absolutely worth reading.

The plot of the book introduces two distant cousins who both share a dark family secret that follows these two men into their adult lives. This family secret results in both men bearing the name of Allan Armadale. One of the Allans inherits an
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Zaphirenia
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Στην εισαγωγή της έκδοσης αναφέρεται ότι το Αρμαντειλ ξεσήκωσε αντιδράσεις από τους κριτικούς όταν κυκλοφόρησε αρχικά (εκδιδόμενο σε συνέχειες σε κάποιο περιοδικό, όπως συνηθιζόταν το 19ο αιώνα). Ουδεμία έκπληξη! Καταρχάς, η εξαιρετική (αντι)ηρωίδα του βιβλίου είναι μία γυναίκα δυναμική, με ατρανταχτη θέληση και καπατσοσύνη, αψηφά τις νόρμες της αυστηρής κοινωνίας στην οποία ζει και τους περιορισμούς που η κοινωνία αυτή θέτει για το φύλο της και αποφασίζει να χαράξει τη δική της πορεία (οκ, στην ...more
Cindy Newton
This is my first Collins. I went into this with the knowledge that Collins had been bff's with Charles Dickens, and for some reason, I started reading with the expectation that Collins was a Dickens wannabe. I was pleased to find that this is not the case, and even more pleased to read in multiple reviews that Collins' other, more well-known novels are generally considered superior to this one. Something to look forward to!

I found this book to be much faster-paced than those I've read of Dickens
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Sophia
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sophia by: Alexandra
Καιρό ήθελα να το διαβάσω, αλλά με τρόμαζε ο αριθμός των σελίδων του. Για την κατηγορία του μαραθωνίου B.R.A.CE. 2017 ένα βιβλίο με περισσότερες από 800 σελίδες ήταν ότι πρέπει και με το παραπάνω. Μου πήρε σχεδόν έναν μήνα γιατί λόγω όγκου παρέμενε στο κομοδίνο και "απαιτούσε" την προσοχή μου κάθε βράδυ.

Ξεκάθαρα, για μένα, η Lydia Gwilt είναι η πρωταγωνίστρια αυτού του έργου. Πόσο εκπληκτικός χαρακτήρας για την περίοδο που γράφτηκε (1864-1866), μια γυναίκα τόσο κόντρα στα πρότυπα και στις πε
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Donna
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, gothic
Before I begin my review, I need to get something out of the way. I loved The Moonstone, the only other book I had read by Collins so far. So I couldn't help wishing this book were as amazing and charming as it was, even though the subject matter in this book was completely different and needed a different treatment. There. Now you know part of my disappointment in this book was due to it not measuring up to The Moonstone, however unfair that is.

Now on with the review. This book's introduction,
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Zozetta
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Εξαιρετικό ψυχογράφημα/θρίλλερ για την εποχή του και ο Κόλινς αριστοτεχνικός στη δημιουργία σασπένς και την αφήγηση. Το απόλαυσα πραγματικά.
Issicratea
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 1800-1900
Armadale is one of Wilkie Collins’s finest concoctions—up there, in my view (and, indeed, T.S.Eliot’s), with his more famous The Moonstone and The Woman in White. It is almost the perfect type of a Victorian sensation novel, mingling the Gothic-romantic (a family curse; shipwrecks; poison; prophetic dreams; a character called Ozias Midwinter) with a mid-nineteenth-century version of everyday metropolitan realism (hackney cabs; milliners; an early private detective agency; an upmarket Hampstead s ...more
Margaret
I can't imagine why Armadale isn't as well-known as The Woman in White and The Moonstone - wow, what a fabulous book. The plot is even more tortuous than The Woman in White and thus fairly indescribable (particularly without spoilers) but it turns largely on issues of identity, with no less than five characters named Alan Armadale - happily, only two of them appear for any length of time, and one of those goes by an alias.

Easily the most compelling character in the book, though, is the villaines
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Bettie☯
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Wanda
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Laura
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

And the audio version is available at LibriVox.

To all readers: read the Prologue carefully since it will give all the main hints to the narrative.

Another magnificent and suspenseful story written by Wilkie Collins, my favorite so far.

Major Characters:
Allan Armadale
Ozias Midwinter – His friend
Lydia Gwilt – Forger and laudanum addict, the anti-heroine of the novel

Minor characters:
Decimus Brock – A minister and friend of Alan Armadale and Ozias Midwinte
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Elizabeth (Alaska)
It's been more than 5 years since I read my last Wilkie Collins - far too long to have waited! He is just such good fun. This one has Goodreads members shelving in a variety of ways, from Classics (naturally) to mystery, thriller - and gothic. I looked at these because, in the first 100 pages or so especially, I thought this read like a gothic novel, and sure enough, so did others. It is deliciously dark.
Some last-left instinct of her married life in its earlier and happier time pleaded hard wi
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Kerrie
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is THE Wilkie Collins novel I recommend whenever I get the chance for those brave souls who want to brave the denseness of Victorian literature. The plot, which is all about mistaken identities, really requires concentration (no speed reading!) and the Bad Girl (or is it heroine?) Lydia Gwilt is an amazing character. Her final scene (in Wilkie's OTT-but-OMG-so-awesome prose) simply took my breath away - so much that I was totally gushing about it to my totally-not-interested blue-collar co- ...more
Karla
How I felt reading this book? Well, after reaching the halfway mark with no real plot propellant in sight (beyond the vaguely seen and sometimes referenced Lydia Gwilt), I was hanging around a 3. Then Lydia showed up and things bounced up to a 4. She was snarky, she was hard, she was driven and manipulative.

Then her diary kicked in and WOULD...NOT...LET...UP. She was way more interesting when tossing off random asides about people and skipping through events. When her entries were broken down in
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Μ
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[Κέρδισα το βιβλίο στον χριστουγεννιάτικο διαγωνισμό των εκδόσεων Gutenberg το 2015 και μπορώ να πω ότι είναι ένα από τα ωραιότερα δώρα Χριστουγέννων που έχω λάβει ποτέ. Αρχικά δίσταζα να το ξεκινήσω επειδή μετά το "Πόλεμος και Ειρήνη" δεν ήθελα να διαβάσω κάτι πολύ μεγάλο για φέτος, ωστόσο το "Αρμαντέιλ" με τράβηξε ανεξήγητα την περασμένη Κυριακή και αποδείχτηκε ότι ήταν το βιβλίο που χρειαζόμουν να διαβάσω αυτή την εποχή.]

Αληθινά εξαιρετικό. Παρά τον όγκο του διαβάζεται με αμείωτο ενδιαφέρον χ
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Amy
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Allan Armadale is a young man, he finds out an alarming and life altering story from his long deceased father. There is another man living, close in age, also named Allan Armadale, that he must never cross paths with. It is a matter of life and death. But as is so often the case when we are actively trying to avoid something, we accidentally end up colliding with it. Such is the case with both Allans, which sets them on a path of brotherhood and danger. To say anymore would be giving away t ...more
Claire
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well worth the effort it required! I loved the ending, which really affected the way I now view the entire book. The Victorians were the true masters of the novel, and especially of the ending!

The characters were all well-drawn and lifelike, especially Midwinter and Miss Gwilt. I loved the Rev. Brock and the doctor was positively creepy. Just a delicious book that I'm not quite ready to leave yet.
Elena
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

I am so grateful for Wilkie Collins' works. Ever since I discovered him with The Woman in White, I've been enjoying every single one of his books. If older novels are not your thing, or if you think they are overly long, descriptive and boring, you should give him a try.

What a story Armadale was! It is not a full 5 stars only because it took me a while to get really invested in the story, and because there were a couple of parts which I didn't find all that interesting, but it was stil
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Bruno
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classici, uk
3.5
Shobhit Sharad
I love Wilkie Collins' writing. He so easily engages and draws me into his stories, it is a struggle to leave them and go back to the real world. This was a not-very-beautiful, but subtle and clever portrayal of the world we live in and the people within it (rather a world he lived in). The good part about the book is, apart from it being a convoluted story, many important themes have been left entirely up to your interpretation, so whether you are a superstitious person who seeks and finds omen ...more
Tristram
Laudanum, Anyone?

It’s just not fair that Miss Lydia Gwilt, the female master-villain of Wilkie Collins’s novel Armadale should be reduced to the necessity of taking laudanum, despite all its harmful side effects, in order to find sleep, whereas we, the readers, find in the novel itself a much more reliable soporific, whose only side effect is, as far as I’ve found out, a headache and the bitter awareness of having wasted a couple of hours of valuable lifetime.

Armadale is definitely the family ha
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Bruce
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having greatly enjoyed Wilkie Collins’ novels The Woman in White and The Moonstone, I turned to Armadale with great anticipation, and baggy and imperfect as it is, it did not disappoint. A more convoluted plot would be difficult to imagine. Allan Armadale disinherits his son, Allan Armadale, leaving his fortune to his nephew on the condition that said nephew changes his name to, you guessed it, Allan Armadale. The disinherited Allan Armadale, under the assumed name of Fergus Ingleby, cheats the ...more
Elena T.
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Armadale è un nome, ma il romanzo non è la storia del personaggio che lo porta. È piuttosto la storia del nome stesso, anzi del mistero che vi si cela".

La storia si estende fascinosamente su due generazioni di famiglie Armadale, la cui trama complessa avvolge con efficacia i capostipiti della "Collins-novel": scambio di identità, inganno, omicidio, passione.

L'anziano Allan Armadale, nel prologo ormai sul letto di morte, fa una rivelazione che in quel presente sconvolge più di una persona, ma ch
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Sylvester
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While not actually disliking Wilkie Collins, I have never been that impressed by his writing - until now. Well! I was afraid it was going the mystical/sensational way as the others at the beginning, but this book is really about character - great character development - and the wonderful thing is how Collins gives us a taste of each person's perspective. I loved going from Armadale and Midwinter's perspective to Lydia Gwilt's. Seeing her side makes everything that much more convoluted and intere ...more
Amaranta
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inglesi
Nella perfetta tradizione fumosa londinese si colloca questo libro di Collins, re del noir ottocentesco fra misteri, carrozze, porti e vascelli. Due uomini con lo stesso nome, due amici fraterni, una donna a dividerli e a complicare la scena. Fino all’epilogo prevedibile. L’ho trovato un po’ forzato in alcuni punti, una lettura che in qualche caso ho trascinato ma che in altri risultava avvincente e scorrevolissima come la penna di Collins sempre assicura.
Anna Kļaviņa
4.5
A spoiler-ish rambling.

Am I mad? Yes; all people who are as miserable as I am are mad.

Before I started this book, I expected that Miss Lydia Gwilt (35) is going to be evil and manipulative as Shakespeare's Iago. And while she definitely lied, manipulated and was ready to commit a fraud and murder, she wasn't evil and not even cruel. Years of poverty, abuse and betrayal had made her an angry, lonely, embittered and desperate woman, and yet she was strong, intelligent and had wicked sense of
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Scot
Sep 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This 1866 work by Wilkie Collins is the first long Victorian novel I've read in quite a few years. Recognize the time commitment called for before you begin it. (I read it on Kindle, so pagination wasn't that easy to follow, but I was curious after I read for what seemed a long time and was only at 28%, so I checked: the Penguin Classics edition was 752 pages!) It traces the complexities and dynamics of assumed and mistaken identities, particularly as they affect two sets of central figures, fat ...more
Peter
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wilkie Collins has become much better known in the past 20 years and for good reason. Overshadowed by his good friend and fellow author Charles Dickens, Collins and his novels have been always available but certainly not as frequently read as Dickens. The Moonstone and The Woman in White well deserve their popular status but other novels, such as Armadale, have languished in the shadows. Armadale is a fascinating novel. It explores character psychology, the nature and motivation of evil characte ...more
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