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The Woman in White (Penguin Classics) (original 1860; edition 2003)

by Wilkie Collins

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Title:The Woman in White (Penguin Classics)
Authors:Wilkie Collins
Info:Penguin Classics (2003), Edition: Reissue, Paperback
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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (1860)

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Love the simplicity of the old mystery/romance books- ( )
  EmpressReece | Aug 22, 2016 |
Very good story. I do wish I could have sat down and just plowed thru the book,it was that good. Very interesting plot twists and reveals. You finish reading feeling exhausted and exhilarated at the same time! I normally give a book 50 pages, I would recommend giving this book 100 pages just in case.The last 200 pages were page turners! I will be reading The Moonstone.Excellent story,Mr. Collins is an exceptional writer.have some tea and scones while reading this one!Enjoy. ( )
  LauGal | Aug 16, 2016 |
I do not often write written reviews for books unless I have very strong impressions or feelings about the story, however I usually rate them upon completion. In my humble opinion, The Woman in White definitely deserves four stars, especially given the time period it was written in (1859-60) and the arrangement of the separate narratives.

Given the title, I was initially expecting a frightening tale. Yet, the majority of the story focused on a central "secret" with other mysteries attached to it, which were revealed little by little. The twists and turns often were more psychological and insidious in nature, rather than scary. As in all books over 400 pages, it likely could have used some editing, but that is partly my perspective due to my occasional impatience with reading a novel of that length.
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  LisaAnn805 | Jul 23, 2016 |
This book is thrilling, literally thrilling; and I don't use that word lightly. Page 86 is particularly good. It turned my arms in to two fields of nipples. It's one of those books where the pleasure lies not in having read it all, but in reading it. So many clues, true and false, reveals and misdirections, goodies and baddies. The Ferrero Rocher of thrillers. I feel thoroughly spoiled! ( )
1 vote Lukerik | Jul 12, 2016 |
This took me a while to read due to the style. Not one that I am crazy about. It was written in 1859 and is considered one of the first mystery or sensational novels. The writing style is very wordy, similar to Dickens. I find that those type of books take a slow read, for me.

The plot is very interesting, giving the reader a taste of what it was like for women at that time. It takes place in England and involves the lives of a young art teacher, Walter Hartright, his student, Laura Fairlie, her sister, Marian Halcombe, and the man that the student is forced to marry, Sir Percival Glyde. Laura's unsupportive uncle is the one to force the marriage that is only beneficial to Sir Percival. Told by various members of the story, it unravels how Laura's inheritance was stolen from her along with her life making her a lost person. It also tells how she once again regains her place in society with the help of Walter and Marian.

Social rank, or the lack of for women, fraud, subtrefuge, all come into play. Written during Victorian times, it paints an unsavoury picture of what life was like for women at that time. The fact that their status and level of life was dependent on who they married. Independent women were not a good thing. ( )
1 vote ChazziFrazz | Jun 23, 2016 |
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Dei, FedoraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holm, IanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Sweet, MatthewEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve.
The soft hazy twilight was just shading leaf and blossom alike into harmony with its own sober hues as we entered the room, and the sweet evening scent of the flowers met us with its fragrant welcome through the open glass doors.
There are three things that none of the young men of the present generation can do. They can't sit over their wine, they can't play at whist, and they can't pay a lady a compliment.
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When Walter Hartwright encounters a solitary, terrified, beautiful woman dressed in white on a moonlit night in London, he feels impelled to solve the mystery of her distress. The story, full of secrets, locked rooms, lost memories, and surprise revelations, features heroine Marian Halcombe and drawing-master Walter Hartright as sleuthing partners pitted against the diabolical Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde. This gothic psychological thriller, a mesmerizing tale of murder, intrigue, madness, and mistaken identity, has gripped the imagination of readers since its first publication in 1860. The breathtaking tension of Collins's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.
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Identity theft,
money, madness, hidden crimes:
a Collins classic.
(passion4reading - thank you, wisewoman)
The Woman in White.
Count Fosco controls it all,
but Marian wins!

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0141439610, Paperback)

Generally considered the first English sensation novel, The Woman in White features the remarkable heroine Marian Halcombe and her sleuthing partner, drawing master Walter Hartright, pitted against the diabolical team of Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde. A gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness, and mistaken identity, Collins's psychological thriller has never been out of print in the 140 years since its publication.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:48 -0400)

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When Walter Hartright has a mysterious moonlit encounter with a woman dressed all in white, his world changes forever.

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