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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: IndyPublish (February 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1404343407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404343405
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,238,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] characteristically chilling work by the master of Victorian suspense."


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About the Author

A popular and influential English novelist, dramatist, and short story writer, Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) was the son of a famous landscape painter, William Collins. Renowned for his sensational mysteries and romances, he is hailed as the inventor of the detective novel. Collins was a lawyer by training. Among his most famous works are The Woman in White (1860), The Moonstone (1867), and No Name (1862). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is very odd.
sandi
This is the fourth novel I've read by Wilkie Collins, and each time I read one I find myself wondering just why he's become such an unknown.
Christopher Krisocki
The air of mystery in all his books keeps you reading - because you just have to know!!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By lazza on February 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Wilkie Collins came to fame with 'The Woman in White', followed by a succession of 'suspense' novels which are his trademark. 'Basil' is an earlier yet surprisingly mature work, and it is not a suspense novel. 'Basil' chronicles the life of a young, foolish man who falls in love (literally) at first sight with a young woman. He then discovers, too late, that this 'sweet young thing' is not as she first appeared. The author captures Basil's anguish perfectly. While some people might find the entire story to be a bit contrived, I found the emotional element of writing to greatly outweigh this 'love at first' kitsch.
So in conclusion, 'Basil' should have a wider appeal beyond the Wilkie Collins fan club. Folks who love mid-Victorian writing will find much to enjoy with 'Basil'.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
After reading The Woman in White, A Rogue's Life, and attemting The Moonstone, I picked up Basil. Basil's story was more absorbing than any of the other books and my sympathies were entirely with him. I felt his betrayal and utter dejection. If only I could have been his friend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Crowley on March 17, 2010
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I have read many novels by Wilkie Collins including: The Woman in White,The Moonstone, No Name and Armadale. Most of these works involve some mystery surrounding a woman. This novel is no exception.

The novel begins years after a tragic event has changed the life of a young man named Basil. The readers learn that the doors of his home are forever closed to him. He will never see his father again. And he will never see his beloved sister, Clara, again.

Basil begins to recount the events that lead to a life changing event, which caused him to lose all that he once held dear. These events were set in motion the minute he met Margaret Sherwin.

Basil's enchantment with the dark and beautiful Margaret happened when they met by chance on an omnibus. Basil was so stricken by her beauty that he followed the beautiful stranger home and with the help of a family servant managed to coax his way into Margaret's life.

The Sherwin family were simple shop keepers. Mr Sherwin owned a linen draper's shop. When he learned that the son of a gentlemen with a family name dating back to Norman times expressed interest in his daughter, he was more than happy to encourage the union.

Basil's father, however, was extremely proud of his family lineage and expected his sons to follow and respect their family history. Margaret's beauty won over Basil's family obligations. Without the consent of his father he marries Margaret in secret.

After marrying Margaret, Basil realizes that something is not quite right in the Sherwin household. Margaret's moods change with the wind. Each and every person in the home seem to be keeping a secret.

I found the novel extraordinary! The readers are immediately aware that Basil's marriage to Margaret was his undoing, but the events unfold slowly and tragically.

I don't think I will ever hear the names Basil and Margaret and not think of his novel. It was absolutely haunting!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. G. White on July 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Basil is a naive sap that any woman wish would fall for her! He completely falls in love with a woman who is only interested in his money but of course, he is blind to that....sounds like a silly romance novel, which I loathe, BUT because it was written in the 1800's, there are descriptive characters, fabulous use of the English language. Collins makes me love mysteries and romance, neither of which type book I read if written in "today's" time. Love every single book of his that I have read, six so far and counting.....
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This is an interesting psychological adventure, centered on the title character whose passion leads him to reckless disregard for wealth and connections, even as he obeys the restraints of an ingrained personal code of honor. Some of the characters appear stereotypical at first, but are developed with more interesting and subtle touches as the story unfolds. Wilkie Collins excels at drawing back the curtain of a society where outward manners and social position are not always what they appear to be. As this novel demonstrates, the underbelly of evil and corruption can be exposed in discreet and subtle ways. Basil has plenty of spice...definitely a good read!
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By Verena Techie on November 15, 2013
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I love the presentation of this supposed autobiography and the final pages echo my own feelings after a hard life and scaring, making me stronger in so many ways and more empathic. I wish I could meet Wilkie Collins in real life, I absolutely love his works of art.
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By AF Michael on September 22, 2013
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I've been on a Wilkie Collins reading kick. I had imagined after reading Mr. Collins' forward regarding his feelings for this tome that it was to be something much more profound than any thing else he'd written as it had been close to his heart.

The story seemed to go on forever and ever. I truly could not wait for it to be finished. By the end of the tale I as so happy that Basil, the character about whom the novel was written had retired to the country into obscurity with his spinster sister so that we, readers, would not have to be burdened with any more of his "dumpidity" and nervous afflictions and not well thought through decisions.

I will say the "bad guy" in the story, Mannion, was really rather interesting and deliciously vile and really added to the story. That was the best part, watching that character unfold and affect the story overtly.

As for Basil, the character was too pampered, too self absorbed and selfish to hold my interest. Sorry Wilkie Collins or relatives thereof...just not one of the best works.
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