Wilkie Collins' classic story, The Woman in White, is one of the great mystery thrillers of the nineteenth century and beyond. It is a wonderful combination of rich characterisation and cunning melodrama which ensnares the reader from its opening pages. The novel features one of the strongest heroines of the Victorian Age, Marian Halcombe, who was ...
Wilkie Collins' classic story, The Woman in White, is one of the great mystery thrillers of the nineteenth century and beyond. It is a wonderful combination of rich characterisation and cunning melodrama which ensnares the reader from its opening pages. The novel features one of the strongest heroines of the Victorian Age, Marian Halcombe, who was a revelation for the readers of the time. Although not conventionally attractive, she is a tough, determined and feisty soul, well equipped to travel down the dark and dangerous pathway fate has decreed for her. Also featured is one of the great villains of all literature, the sly, smooth and corpulent Count Fosco, whose eccentric habits both chill and amuse. Since its publication, The Woman in White has never been out of print and has been the subject of numerous theatrical, film and television adaptations, including most recently a musical version by Andrew Lloyd Webber.With an Afterword by David Stuart Davies.
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I had read this book before but wanted a copy of my own. Tho written in the mid-1800s, it has a lively contemporary feel. The Moonstone is also written by Collins. They are both great places to live, and since both are long novels, that can be for quite a while.
Jul 16, 2009
Although this book may be called a great mystery story it is also a wonderful love story well worth reading.
Jun 25, 2009
Even though it can be a bit wordy, I think it only helps to develop the characters and story better. This book covers many genres..... romance, suspense, mystery. What else could you want in a book?
Jun 25, 2009
I had to read it for school. At first it seemed overwhelming but I became enthralled and enjoyed every moment of it. I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys tongue in cheek humor and subtleness. Wilke Collins is an excellent writer.
Jun 2, 2009
As I began The Woman in White and got sucked into the story, I found myself turning the pages to see what would happen next. It was a great story that was moving along at a fantastic pace. I thought history had dealt Collins an unfair blow. This was good stuff, a classic that justly deserved the designation.
Then, everything came to a screeching halt. Somewhere around the middle of the book, the major threats were pretty much removed. There was still some danger from the bad guys, but it was greatly diminished. Certainly, that isn't the direction things are supposed to go midway through a novel.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-02-28 Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble turn in stellar performances of Collins's classic, commonly regarded as the world's first mystery novel. Late one night, on the way to his new post, art teacher Walter Hartright encounters a ghostly woman dressed all in white, tending to a grave. The next day, he meets his new pupils, Laura Fairlie and her half-sister, Marian, and discovers that the sisters have mysterious ties to the woman in white. For a story told by a sequence of first-person narrators, Bailey and Prebble provide well-paced, alternating readings: Prebble's Hartright is steady, even-keeled, and sensitive; his Marian is bright and clear and blunt. Bailey's Laura is equally well rendered: kind and young, sad and sweet. The voices both narrators provide the host of other characters-including the hot-tempered Sir Percival Glyde and the devious Count Fosco-are attended with equal imagination and skill. A must-listen for mystery lovers. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-12-04 Playwright and audio dramatist Beverley Cooper has done a masterful job in adapting Collins's classic Victorian suspense novel to the audio medium. Within the framing story of a courtroom setting, each character stands up to describe the events that he or she has witnessed; the words of testimony then fade into a flashback scene, so the listener can experience the story as it unfolds. The actors are simply marvelous, particularly Douglas Campbell as the oily, sinister Count Fosco and Cedric Smith as Lord Percival Glyde, the manipulative gold digger with secrets to hide. Suzanne Hoffman sounds appropriately sweet and lovely as Laura, the damsel in distress, and Gina Wilkinson gives a nice contrasting performance as her practical, intelligent and down-to-earth sister, Marian. The story is well paced and suspenseful, while background music adds a subtly ominous atmosphere without distracting from the tale. Likewise, the production uses just the right amount of sound effects. With its colorful characters and air of mystery, this superb dramatization truly does the tale justice. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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