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The Woman in White (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 17 Apr 2008
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with each volume having an introduction by an acknowledged expert, and exhaustive notes, the World's Classics are surely the most desirable series and, all-round, the best value for money (Oxford Times)
Collins's mid-Victorian novel is one of the first, and possibly still the greatest, of all literary thrillers. (The Irish Times)
Toby Stephens and Juliet Aubrey star in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Wilkie Collins’ chilling Gothic drama. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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I have just finished reading this story, a feat that took me less than two days to accomplish in spite of the book's intimidating size. I rarely read a book and pay no heed to the page numbers but with this one I read it from cover to cover without a glance. The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins is stupendous and I am at a loss of where to start.
The story is well thought out and goes in directions I never anticipated in my wildest dreams. Wilkie Collins played with my intellect the whole way through by throwing out clues as to what was really happening and then dissolving them to keep you guessing. I assumed like a lot of people that Anne Catherick was Sir Percival's daughter or his lover, anything but the reality! Collins hangs out the suspension and keeps you guessing until the very last moment when he reveals the last thing in the world that you expected. While you're twisting around in your seat trying to second guess the impossible, Collins never lets up while the story just keeps hotting up. The story gripped me to the edge of my seat, made me laugh, cry and shout out. I have few times read a story where I felt so very intimate with the characters that they could be my friends as this, astonishing skill considering the sheer number of characters I was feeling for. Normally I find myself stretched thin like butter over too much bread in a character overloaded story and this was not. It was perfect.
And what characters! I confess my all time favourite is Count Fosco. The lovable, hateful, frightening and beautifully sinister manipulation of the count underlies this whole narrative, his influence with his little white mice and his Twit! Twit! Twit! birds of paradise causing every bane that came to pass and yet I adored him!Read more ›
Writing in the style of composite narratives from different pens, Collins compiles `history' and testimony to construct a complete narrative of a tale full of twists and turns, colourful characters and elaborate schemes. There is not a part of this novel that is not relevant in some way, not a name that has no part to play.
Collins draws on his legal experience to sift out irrelevance and tells us more than once that only those details required by the case in point are here told. The result is that readers don't lose interest and don't lose the thread despite the near 500 page length. It certainly doesn't feel like 500 pages when it reaches its satisfying conclusion.
It's a tale that could still be true 150 years after its publication - something that many people now pay insurances against - making it all the more engaging. Who is not just slightly paranoid about what other people might do that could send our lives spiralling out of control?
I can't think of a single negative point to make about this book. I only wish Collins were around to make book-signing tours - I'd love a signed copy!
I liked the level of detail, and though it could be slow at times, mainly due to my eagerness and interest in the plot, I liked even more the striking modernity of the characters themselves. For instance, there were two observations which struck me as still applicable to our times and those were Mr Fairlie's and Count Fosco's: the former lamented the burden single people must bear for married couples with problems; while the latter remarked on the irony of being honest, stating how a poor man could borrow frequently from his friends without issue, whereas a rich man who seldom borrowed would be treated without the same sympathy. My favourite character in the novel is by far Count Fosco, whose conflicting emotions towards Marian Fairlie soon become his fatal flaw and reveal a strange kind of villain not many choose to portray. Frankly, I found myself astounded how such a villain could have so many fingers in so many pies (literally and figuratively speaking!) yet refrain from acting destructively, simply because he could; his lack of excessive evil is something to be admired.Read more ›
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This is really good adaptation of the Novel by Wilkie Collins, as it stays true to the original story. Read morePublished 11 days ago by lynneylou
Excellent Wilkie Collins story. Keeps you gripped to the story to the endPublished 27 days ago by Netty
I gave this book 5*,because it kept me captivated throughout with all the twists and turns of the story.exellent tale.Published 1 month ago by J J SMITH
So exciting and so many twists and turns. This was a fantastic book which considering its age was so easy to read and unputdownablePublished 1 month ago by julie keegan
Third time I have read it over a period of 30 years. Still fascinates me - Wilkie Collins writes beautifully and is a supreme story teller.
I love the novel but do not like the format or presentation of this book. I bought it to replace my often read rather tatty old copy but on receiving this book I have gone back to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Having first read this book as part of my O level, I re-read it regularly. Thoroughly recommend it to allPublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
What an excellent story of intrigue and drama. I would recommend to those who enjoy downtown Abbey etc written as an account of events by each person involved in the story except... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer