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The Moonstone (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 7 Oct 1999

4.3 out of 5 stars 464 customer reviews

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  • 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)
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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.

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'The first...and the best of modern English detective novels' T. S. Eliot --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2014
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A yellow diamond with a curse on it; a young girl trying to choose between two suitors; one of the first detectives in fiction and more twists and turns in the plot than you can shake a stick at not to speak of a huge cast of characters and multiple narrators and you have a fascinating story of theft and murder.

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.
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Recommended to me by a friend as essential reading after I'd enjoyed "The Suspicions of Mr Whicher" by Kate Summerscale, as one of the blueprints for the detective fiction genre. I found "The Moonstone" to be a real page-turner - a cast of very engaging characters, not all of whom are particularly likeable (step forward the wonderfully awful Miss Clack); a clever plot with cliffhangers a-plenty; and a satisfactory dénouement.

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.
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I enjoyed reading The Moonstone, it's a classic read with familiar themes. There's a mystery and foul play. There's investigation and romance. By far one of the best reads from the time and deserves to be included in all the Best Of lists that it is cited in.

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.
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Read for my book group this book surprised me. It's characters narrating different sections kept me fascinated from the start and the fascination grew throughout. It would make a fantastic TV drama in the style of Sherlock Holmes and at times was just as challenging to follow. A very satisfactory read.
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I am still ploughing through it. It is not my kind of book but I would recommend
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!
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Found it difficult to read. Too long winded so story got lost
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Enjoyed very much
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I don't seem to have received this!!
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