Friday, 4 May 2012

The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)

Title: The Woman in White
Author: Wilkie Collins
First Published: 1859
This Edition Published: 2009
Publisher: Penguin Classics Hardcover
Pages: 720
Source: Own copy
Genre: Classics
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Those of you who follow this blog will be aware that I have read The Woman in White as part of a readalong which means you can see my full thoughts about every detail of this book in the leadup and parts one, two, three and four of the readalong.

The issue with this of course being that each entry contains full spoilers of the book and anyone who hasn't read the book will skip over all said posts. So this one is for you guys. I'll keep it simple since I've already talked about this book but essentially The Woman in White is a Victorian mystery / drama that follows Walter Hartright as he takes a job as drawing master in the house of Mr. Fairlie, his niece Laura Fairlie and her half-sister Marian Halcombe. Along the way he encounters the woman in white whose mysterious story throws intrigue across their lives.

In short this book is full of page turning suspense, mystery, villainry and one damn great female character that is Marian Halcombe. She is certainly one of the best female characters I have ever encountered in a classic novel. The writing is brilliant, the story compelling and the characters fascinating.

If you haven't tried a classic before give this one a go. You won't be disappointed.

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