Thursday, August 22, 2013
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
This is the second book in a row that I read from Wilkie Collins. The first being the Women in White. I loved both these books and it really is a shame that I had never heard of Wilkie Collins before. He is a wonderful writer. Even though the books are set in the 1850's they do not feel dated at all. The characters weave in and out of the story beautifully. The Moonstone is constructed in the same way as the Women in White. Many characters taking turn at taking over the narrative of the story. It's a really great way for the author to tell the story in different voices. For example part of the narrative is written by a Mr. Bruff. A highly educated lawyer whose narrative is concise and logical and deals with truths. Another narrative is done by Drusilla Clack. A poor cousin of the main characters (and a pain in the ass) who believes (as a good Christian woman) that everyone should lead good Christian lives. Thankfully, she is dismissed and ridiculed by every other character in the novel.
The Moonstone is also considered the first detective novel written in the english language.
The next book I'm going to read is: