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Worth reading, if only to see how far society has come since it was written.
on 27 May 2015
This is, apparently, the father of all detective novels, and it is interesting to see how they have come from this. The use of diary or recollections by various characters is now not new and I find it irritating. Add to this Mr Collins' decidedly dodgy attitude to women and Catholics (in fact anyone who is nether white, male, protestant or Anglo-Saxon) and you can see why this work fails to meet it's potential. In its day I am sure that these points were widely unrecognised, but not true of these more enlightened times. Despite this, it is a work of remarkable depth and character, structured and finely drawn from observation and social interaction.