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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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Different from your typical Victorian novels. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
This novel is one of the earliest crime/mysteries written, and an early example of the use of multiple perspectives in story telling...something so popular in modern fiction.

This is the story of half-sisters Marian Halcombe and Laura Fairlie. It has a bit of everything: unrequited love, arranged marriage, intrigues to get control of money, identity theft... All very well told by the author, who spins a complex, exciting story. Well worth reading. ( )
  LynnB | Mar 22, 2016 |
I loved everything about this book: the alluring appeal of a classic mystery, the carefully measured (yet far from dull) tone of narration, the touching love story fraught with seemingly unsurmountable perils, the way the story is told by different personages involved (shedding light on each of their personalities so perfectly), the altogether engrossing story line... I never once got bored while reading this large volume of a book. A great piece of writing!

(​If you are like me and like to watch films that are made from a book - to sort of compare how a book is interpreted - I don't recommend Masterpiece Theater production of "The Woman in White"​: to my total dismay, some major events were so negligently and inexplicably changed in it, that I felt that Wilkie Collins might be turning in his grave...) ( )
1 vote Clara53 | Mar 16, 2016 |
Historically it is one of the first mystery stories written. I was fascinated how the story wove together. Mr Collins certainly led an interesting life himself. ( )
  GeneHunter | Mar 13, 2016 |
Historically it is one of the first mystery stories written. I was fascinated how the story wove together. Mr Collins certainly led an interesting life himself. ( )
  GeneHunter | Mar 13, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wilkie Collinsprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dei, FedoraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holm, IanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holm, IanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holm, IanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sutherland, JohnEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sweet, MatthewEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Symons, JulienEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Willis, ChristineEditorsecondary 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.
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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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Book description
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!
(rretzler)

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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