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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely piece of Victoriana, 19 July 2009
This review is from: The Moonstone (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
Most of the story has been set out in other reviews but I would echo one suggestion to read the novel first and study all the forewords, introductions and general gubbins once you've finished.

It is an event and character driven novel with only the sands of the Yorkshire coast giving any feel of location. The characters take turns as narrator with Bettinger, the old retainer, given the longest voice at over 200 pages. Each person is 'giving testimony' about the central crime. Every narrator has endearing idiosyncrasies and are beautifully drawn by Mr Collins.

As with Dickens this was designed for serialization and so can often feel as though you are reading the novel by the kilo rather than the chapter. It does reward patience with loads of weird characters and nuances that are missed the moment you give in to the temptation to speed read.

All the loose ends are tied up neatly. The good people do well and the bad people get their comeuppence - very Victorian. It is a sweet read to savour. Set aside time to devote to it and it rewards.

The Penguin Classic version was really helpful on background but what a poor, uninviting and irrelevant cover.
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