Armadale - Wilkie Collins Reviews
Description:ISBN 0140434119 / Author: Wilkie Collins / Genre: Classic Literature / When the elderly Allan Armadale makes a terrible confession on his death-bed, he has little idea of the repercussions to come, for the secret he reveals involves the mysterious Lydia Gwilt: flame-haired ... more
Armadale - Wilkie Collins ... temptress, bigamist, laudanum addict and husband-poisoner. Her malicious intrigues fuel the plot of this gripping melodrama: a tale of confused identities, inherited curses, romantic rivalries, espionage, money - and murder. The character of Lydia Gwilt horrified contemporary critics, with one reviewer describing her as 'One of the most hardened female villains whose devices and desires have ever blackened fiction'. She remains among the most enigmatic and fascinating women in nineteenth-century literature and the dark heart of this most sensational of Victorian 'sensation novels'.
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by Sue Ellen - written on 02/04/01, updated on 12/04/01 (Very useful, 123 readings)
I love Wilkie Collins. I do, I so do. I fell in love with him when I read “The Moonstone” (still one of my favourites) and our relationship was strengthened with “The Woman In White”. Beautifully written, with cleverly constructed plots and a suspense I have rarely found elsewhere, Collins knows how to charm his readers, especially when one of those readers is me. However, “No Name” begins rather tediously. Mr and Mrs Vanstone and their two daughters, Norah and Magdalen, live a happy, ordinary life at their country home, Combe-Raven. Mr. Vanstone is an “easy, hearty, handsome, good-humoured gentleman, who walked on the sunny ...
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by toconnor - written on 24/07/00, updated on 24/07/00 (Somewhat useful, 102 readings)
I certainly would not have thought that this was a classic by any accounts. This Victorian Era detective novel is a fun read and it definitely encapsulates the attitudes and social customs of that time. I certainly didn’t become enthralled by the book and it was more to do with the fact thtat I was on holiday’s at the time ...
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by Sue Ellen - written on 01/07/00, updated on 05/12/00 (Very useful, 135 readings)
used this method in ‘The Woman in White’). The mystery is only unravelled at the end, and the originality and imagination of the author is absolutely outstanding. Wilkie Collins was, apparently, a good friend of Charles Dickens and they collaborated on several stories together, so if you like Dickens, you’ll love Collins. Personally, although I love his work, I sometimes find Dickens’s descriptive passages a little too heavy and long-winded for my liking. In contrast, The Moonstone just flows throughout and is a real pleasure to read. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Some people are put off by classics as they consider them ...
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