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Armadale Kindle Edition
|Length: 433 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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This has a plot spoiler in it so do not read if you don't want to know the ending!
Having read and enjoyed The Woman in White and the Moonstone I found Armadale a real... Read more
Don't expect to sleep well at night when you are reading this. It is so compelling that you will want to wake up to continue reading. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sharon Loveday
Picture your self in a Victorian room, gas lights flickering, then you will not be able to put the book down.Published 7 months ago by Janette
Confusing plot even though it's an obvious plot line. I enjoyed the book. A Wilkie Collins triumphPublished 9 months ago by Avid reader
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