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Armadale by [Collins,  Wilkie]
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Armadale Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews

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A gloriously dark tale of mixed identities and the irresistible, wicked Lydia Gwilt. Forget Dallas and Eastenders, this has to be the greatest of all soap operas. (Steven Isserlis, The Week)

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Mystery novel including murder, inheritance and an evil heroine of irresistible charm.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2055 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Start Classics (21 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JEOXNIO
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #471,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A gripping story. The narrative moves along through generations of two families with twists and turns of fate. Brilliant. And free on Kindle. Also love The Woman in White and The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins and his short stories.
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Well, I'm sure publishers would turn it down these days, but it is a good read in its old-fashioned way. The Moonstone is more gripping, I think.
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Great
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Interesting, although a tad lengthy to get into but worthwhile when you do! The characters seem to grow the more you read, I've not finished it yet, but am looking forward to the finale.
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I have always wanted to read Wilkie Collins `Armadale' partly because I think he is a genius and I love the sensational fiction he writes. I also wanted to read this because I had heard so much about the villainess (am not giving anything away its on the blurb of the book) Lydia Gwilt "flame-haired temptress, bigamist, laudanum addict and husband poisoner" in fact so malicious and evil that publishers were incredibly shocked and refused to believe that women could behave in such a manner and the book was almost never published, I think people also tried to ban it. So imagine my surprise when 150 pages in she still had yet to even show up. Hang on I have gotten ahead of myself...

The book opens as a dying man arrives in the German town of Wildbad (Collins as ever is a genius with names in this book) where the water is said to restore ones health, sadly for Allan Armadale it is too late, as he dies he has one wish and that is for someone to write his young son a letter. As the only English writing person on site Mr Neal becomes embroiled in the telling of a shocking murderous tale. All this and we are only in chapter one of `book the first'. What does become apparent is the misuse of identity which has led to two young Allan Armadale's and the end of the letter states...

And, more than all avoid the man who bears the same name as your own. Offend your best benefactor, if that benefactor's influence has connected you one with the other. Desert the woman who loves you, if that woman is a link between you and him. Hide yourself from him, under an assumed name. Put the mountains and the seas between you; be ungrateful; be unforgiving; be all that is most repellent to your own gentler nature, rather than live under the same roof, and breathe the same air with that man.
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With Wilkie Collins, you dive into his stories and come up, gasping for air at the end, and never more so than with Armadale.
He shows great depth with the characters in Armadale which makes the ending of this lurid and dream-like novel disturbing, exciting and tragic in equal measure. The beautiful Lydia Gwilt is hugely appealing, even if she is one of the scariest of Wilkie Collin's women. I love Marion in The Woman in White but for sheer ruthlessness, Lydia takes the prize.
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This was the first Wilkie Collins I've read - I'd always refrained as I knew he went a bit mad. I found it intense & gripping - a good story & better than I thought. I would rate him quite highly on this book & will certainly read the rest of his output.
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I enjoyed this book very much, though I found the first part(with Allan Armadale and Ozias Midwinter) rather slow going and often absurdly sentimental and lachrymose. But once we are introduced to Mother Oldershaw and Lydia Gwilt, the pace really picks up, everything becomes crisper, more exciting, more fun, with superb observations and a real feeling of suspense. Lydia is an amazing character--a real villain, but you also feel sorry for her. There is good in her but so much bitterness that it's drowned out the good, pretty much. I loved the way Collins presented her to us, through her letters and diaries--they are so immediate and strong.
I don't think the book as a whole is as good as the brilliant Woman in White or the Moonstone (Collins' great strength, it seemed to me, was in the kind of ''documentary'' first-person narrative found in those novels and in the first-person bits dealing with Lydia Gwilt in Armadale, rather than in straight third-person narrative.) But nevertheless Armadale is a very good read, and deserves to be read by all Collins fans.
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