Poor Miss Finch (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 13 Nov 2008
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praiseworthy novel ... it is well worth exhuming (David Holloway, Sunday Telegraph)
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Wilkie Collins's intriguing story about a blind girl, Lucilla Finch, and the identical twins who both fall in love with her, has the exciting complications of his better-known novels, but it also overturns conventional expectations. Using a background of myth and fairy-tale to expand the boundaries of nineteenth-century realist fiction, Collins not only takes a blind person as his central character but also explores the idea of blindness and its implications. His sensitive presentation of the difficulties, disappointments, and occasional delights which follow the recovery of sight by someone blind since infancy is still one of the best accounts in fiction of a problem which continues to intrigue philosophers, psychologists, and the general public, as it has done since it was first discussed by Locke and Berkeley in the eighteenth century.See all Product Description
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However, this being Wilkie Collins, nothing is straightforward and the reader is taken on an exciting journey involving deception and fraud.
The tone of the novel is set by its narrator, Madame Pratolungo, who has a wonderful way of summing up a character or situation in a few pithy words, for example: "Her aunt's 'grand manner' makes me sick. It is nothing (between ourselves) but a hook-nose and a stiff pair of stays" (p330). Her portraits of the pompous vicar and his wife, seemingly always suckling a baby whilst reading a novel, are very entertaining.
One jarring note is the depiction of the German Doctor Grosse who speaks in a cod Germanic style.
'Poor Miss Finch' is an excellent, at times exciting, read which I found hard to put down. For those of you who usually shy away from Victorian novels, I would urge you to give it a go.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This novel is really a load of codswallop but it does contain some great characters!
I do not believe in giving the plot away, needless to say it concerns a blind girl, twin... Read more
Having read all four of Wilkie Collins' most popular books (The Woman in White, Armadale, No Name and The Moonstone), I am now exploring his less popular novels. Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2010 by Helen S