Sunday, 9 February 2014

six.

the Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (1860)

 Walter Hartright has got the job as a drawing master to two young girls, Ms. Laura Fairlie and her half-sister, Marion Halcombe. On his way there, he helps a woman dressed in white to escape from her followers. When he finally met Laura, he is struck by how she looks like the Woman in White. He (as all good heroes) falls in love with Laura, but she is engaged to Sir Percival Glyde and decides to marry him. Sir Percival Glyde is a terrible man with a terrible plan along with his Italian accomplice Count Fosco.

The book is narrated by the person who has most insight at that time, and the best is that the narrations are different. I was laughing hard when reading Laura's hypochondriac uncle's narrative.

Based on the cover and the title I thought this would be a ghost story, but instead it is one of the first sensations novel; a mix of Gothic literature and the psychological realism of the domestic novel. It is also said to be one of the first crime novels. It is entertaining, as all Gothic novels are, and one can write pages about the female portraits. Marion is the smart spinster, completely devoted to her Laura. And Laura is the stereotypical weak blonde who cannot see danger when it's in her face. But Count Fosco is definitely my favourite character, despite being the villain.

I think it's a tie between the Moonstone and the Woman in White as my favourite Wilkie Collins novel. I just downloaded about 7 more of his works to my Kindle and I hope they are as good as his famous works.

2 comments:

  1. Åh, denne gleder jeg meg til! (Sier jeg, selv om jeg lasta den ned til kindlen for ca. et år siden, og ennå ikke har fått lest den...).

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    1. Du har noe å glede deg til! Jeg vet ikke hvor lenge jeg har hatt den i hylla, men det var så lenge at jeg hadde faktisk glemt at den var der og lasta den ned. Bra bok i begge former.

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