- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (7 Oct. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192833383
- ISBN-13: 978-0192833389
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2.8 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (464 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,724,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Moonstone (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 7 Oct 1999
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"The first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels in a genre invented by Collins and not by Poe."--T.S. Eliot, author of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
"Probably the very finest detective story ever written."--Dorothy L. Sayers
"Probably the best detective tale in the world."--G. K. Chesterton, author of "The Victorian Age in Literature" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
'The first...and the best of modern English detective novels' T. S. Eliot --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I was surprised how modern this book still is even though it was published over a hundred years ago. I was especially struck by the conversations between Rachel Verrinder and Franklin Blake – her on/off fiancé. I thought the author caught the different voices of his narrators very well indeed and I was never in any doubt who was narrating the story. This is well worth reading even today and it puts some modern crime novelists in the shade.
I particularly enjoyed the style of using several different narrators throughout the book to add different viewpoints of the same event, thereby gradually revealing the story and adding twists where previous narrators have omitted key information to suit their own ends. This technique can have the tendency to be clumsy and repetitive, but it was very effective in this novel.
There's also quite a refreshing portrayal of the female characters in this story for the period in which is was written (1860s) - whilst there are some stereotypical Victorian gender roles presented in the views of some of the male characters and the aforementioned Miss Clack, these are often presented in a satirical way so that the reader is invited to laugh at these strict views. The female protagonists on the other hand are mostly presented by the author as strong, assertive characters in their own right, their actions having a pivotal role in the story.
A thoroughly enjoyable read.
If you enjoy a classic novel and are not daunted or put off by the classical use of the English language then this might be to your taste.
it to those who like classical literature. I prefer more modern stuff but am reading it for a reading group. Summed up in one word- tedious!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was gripped from start to finish. The story was exciting and really stands the test of time. Using various points of view is inspired and keeps the story fresh. Read morePublished 12 days ago by beth halford fletcher
Loved the language, the development of the characters very classic feel. Not too slow either. Lovely read.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
I haven't finished it yet butI am enjoying it. It is a nice gentle book.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Marvellous book, like a Poirot detective story, but all tongue in cheek, very funny, with great descriptions of people, each of whom has their distinct voice.Published 2 months ago by Gabrielle
I hesitate to add yet another review to the hundreds already written, so I will confine myself to the origins of the story as outlined in the Prologue. Read morePublished 2 months ago by talmine
A great read, as a mystery and as a sign of Victorian values and prejudicesPublished 2 months ago by stevegater_101