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The Mystery of Edwin Drood by [Dickens, Charles]
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Charles Dickens's final, unfinished novel is in many ways his most intriguing. A highly atmospheric tale of murder, The Mystery of Edwin Drood foreshadows both the detective stories of Conan Doyle and the nightmarish novels of Kafka.

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Dickens's marvelous murder mystery was his last novel and was left unfinished at his death in 1870. The book has been all the more tentalizing for its lack of an ending, which avid readers have had a lot of fun in trying to work out. A gem for lovers of murder mysteries and the legions of Dickens fans.

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  • File Size: 655 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1519210426
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082Z1VTE
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Set in Cloisterham, a cathedral town, Dickens's final novel, unfinished, introduces two elements unusual for Dickens--opium-eating and the church. In the opening scene, John Jasper, music teacher and soloist in the cathedral choir, awakens from an opium trance in a flat with two other semi-conscious men and their supplier, an old woman named Puffer, and then hurries off to daily vespers.
Jasper, aged twenty-six, is the uncle and guardian of Edwin Drood, only a few years younger. Drood has been the fiancé of Rosa Bud for most of his life, an arrangement made by his and Rosa's deceased fathers to honor their friendship, and the wedding is expected within the year. Jasper, Rosa's music teacher, is secretly in love with her, though she finds him repellent.
When two orphans, Helena and Neville Landless, arrive in Cloisterham, Helena and Rosa become friends, and Neville finds himself strongly attracted to the lovely Rosa. Ultimately, the hot-tempered Neville and Drood have a terrible argument in which Neville threatens Drood before leaving town on a walking trip. Drood vanishes the same day. Apprehended on his trip, Neville is questioned about Drood's disappearance, and Jasper accuses him of murder.
Tightly organized to this point, the novel shows Jasper himself to be a prime suspect, someone who could have engineered the evidence against Neville, but Dickens unexpectedly introduces some new characters at this point--the mysterious Dick Datchery and Tartar, an old friend of Rev. Mr. Crisparkle, minor canon at the cathedral. Puffer, the opium woman, is reintroduced and appears set to play a greater role, since she solicits information from the semi-conscious Jasper and secretly follows him.
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It's impossible to forget when reading this that it is only half the size of what it should have been. Dickens died almost exactly halfway through finishing it, and it is easy to see that if he had lived it would have ranked as one of his truly great novels. There is also no denying that Dickens comes across as somewhat jaundiced with human nature in the closing months of his life. He has very little to say that is positive about the cathedral city of Cloisterham, and his anger at the hypocrisy and double-standards of the life there practically leaps off the page at you. Nowhere is this more apparent than in his creation of John Jasper, one of his darkest characters. Jasper is the leading memeber of the Cloisterham choir, but in his spare time he is an opium-addict who haunts the sleaziest dens in the pursuit of his fix. Not only that but he terrifies young Rosa Budd with his designs on her, and plots to do away with his nephew, the Edwin Drood of the title, in the most dastardly and cunning way .... or does he? The fact that "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is unfinished leaves that question hanging resolutely in mid-air. We come away from the book none the wiser not only as to whether Edwin has been murdered by his wicked uncle, but even whether he really is alive or dead. It is the mystery of literature that has tantalised readers ever since Dickens wrote it in 1870. There are many reasons to bemoan the fact that the book was never finished, not only the obvious chief one that Dickens died, but that the book clearly had the makings of a first-rate murder mystery.Read more ›
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Can you imagine Charles Dickens in the part of the detective-story writer? No? Read this book! It is splendid and reveals new sides of the author talent. I consider Dickens to be one of the world's greatest writers and I enjoy reading all his works. Dickens always uses mysterious and strange situations in his novels. We wonder who is the secret benefactor of Pip in Great Expectations; there are a number of detective elements in Our Mutual Friend, etc. Nevertheless The Mystery of Edwin Drood is peculiar. There are not so many characters and only one entangled line of story. Dickens creates a wonderful portrait of the murderer - obsessed with one dark passion to an innocent girl, jealous, crazed from opium, artful and inventive choirmaster John Jasper. Jasper commits an almost "ideal" murder. As the novel is unfinished we are free to imagine all the rest. By which means the murderer can be captured, who is the mysterious stranger Dick Datchary, what is the role of the old woman from the opium den, what destiny expects all the heroes? Dickens is true to himself in creating images of good, noble, strong and charming women and honest, worthy men. I can't do otherwise but admire positive characters of Dickens novels. Though the scenery is rather dark and unjoyful, we find some funny parts full of the author's brilliant humor. In a word, the book is an excellent reading for everyone who appreciates classical English literature.
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I bought a secondhand copy of this book - that dated from 1896 - from an old bookshop in Northumberland. As usual with Dickens, I was soon hooked. What really stood out was the character of John Jasper, with his opium den habit, his choir singing, and his stalking ways... he is hopelessly in love with Rosa Bud, who has an arrangement to be married to Edwin Drood, a decent sort of chap. While Jasper is Rosa's music teacher, she feels his leer and is frightened. They are living in a provincial town, said to be based on Rochester, and most local matters are observed by others. But not all... which is the genius of this unfinished novel, Dickens died before it was completed in 1870 -- giving the story all the more mystery, as you don't obviously find out the ending. Helena and Neville Landless, with foreign-coloured skin, arrive in Cloisterham; youngsters to be looked after by Mr Crisparkle and the Nuns' House, where Rosa, who has a biggish inheritance coming her way, lives. They provide a spark, as Neville has an eye for Rosa, provoking outward annoyance in Edwin (and inward consternation in John Jasper), that leads to the 'mystery'. Somehow or other, Edwin disappears one night. Neville, known to be argumentative and hot-blooded, is 'captured' and considered the prime suspect, on the encouragement of Jasper... but obviously that would be too pat. Meanwhile Jasper declares his love to Rosa, spooking her so much that she rushes off to London, where the man in charge of her inheritance, the hilariously weird Mr Grewgious, sorts out an abode. And the book ends as Jasper returns to his favourite opium den run by "'Er Royal Highness the Princess Puffer" (which gives you an insight into the wit of the book). This meeting results in Jasper being found out by one sharp-eyed fellow, in Cloisterham...Read more ›
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