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The Mystery of Edwin Drood [Kindle Edition]

Charles Dickens
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About the Author

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was born in Portsmouth, England, and grew up in poverty, one of eight children. He became the preeminent writer of Victorian England, with most of his novels appearing in serial form before being published as books.

David Paroissien was educated in England and the United States and received his Ph.D. from UCLA. He taught for many years at the University of Massachusetts and is now emeritus professor of English. He is also the editor of the Dickens Quarterly.

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  • File Size: 365 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082Z1VTE
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The darker side of Dickens, alas unfinished April 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Alas! we shall never know the true fate of Edwin Drood, or whether the one who acts with obvious villainy is truly the villain. Nor shall we know which of several potential suitors, if any, eventually wins the hand of the beautiful but delicate Miss Rose Bud. What sinister purpose was served by Jasper's midnight visit to the crypt? And is the inquisitive Mr. Datchery a detective, a blackmailer, or neither?

From its opening scene in a London opium den, it's apparent that The Mystery of Edwin Drood was to have been a shade darker than Dickens' previous novels and more akin to the "sensation novels" of Wilkie Collins. Yet it is still suffused with Dickens' startling wit and peopled with his unique and lovable eccentrics. It's such a shame that he died with the second half of the novel unwritten.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good novel, but incomplete January 7, 2014
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I enjoyed the book, but found the ending quite odd. Googled the title and found that Dickens passed away before it was finished.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Dickens, come back! January 6, 2014
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You didn't finish your book, Sir!

I love Dickens. This one is well worth the time, even though you have to write the ending yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great mystery October 7, 2013
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Great mystery characteristic of the author. I enjoyed the book in spite of the 'cliff hanger' effect at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charles Dickens June 23, 2013
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This is Dickens last work and was unfinished at the time of his death, so you get to make your own ending and decide for yourself who the murderer is. Lots of debate about that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great work by Dickens June 29, 2013
By getrus
Format:Paperback
I honestly still do not know what to say about The Mystery of Edwin Drood. It is possibly one of the only mysteries which caught me off guard about how it ends. I did not expect it. But I need to say that the book is not finished. Dickens died before he was able to finish it and I don't even think he knew how it was going to end.

Anyway, Edwin Drood is a young man under the care of John Jasper. He is engaged to Rosebud. Well, not exactly engaged, there is an understanding (from when they were both young) that they would marry. Friends with Jasper is Mr. Crisparkle a parson who lives with his mother. Also included in this party is Mr. Grewgious, of when Rosebud is a ward.

Mr. Crisparkle, soon after the novel begins is charged with the education of Neville and Helena Landless. Neville is known for having a temper and falls in love with the beautiful Rosa and he thinks Edwin does not deserve her. Helena becomes Rosa's good friend and confidant to which she tells Helena about Jasper's love (obsession I call it) for her. (I should mention that Jasper happens to be her music teacher.)

To end this rather quickly, we skip forward about fifty pages, and Edwin and Rosa have ended their arrangement having love for one another only that of brother and sister with no romantic inclination at all. Shortly after this agreement is made, Edwin goes missing and is presumed dead. Most everyone thinks poor Neville did it (He threatened Edwin a couple of times.) They were never able to prove one way or another, but Neville still was shunned by most of the town.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Half a book, but worth it. December 5, 2014
By Rebecca
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I'm only judging part of a book here - but that part is excellent. The writing is very well done, with many moments I find to be worthy of remembering. The story is riveting to keep you wondering not only "whodunit" but also what the fate of the characters will be. Such a shame we'll never know the true ending...but we can always make our own!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Intersting Read April 26, 2014
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A compelling read leaving one to imagine the ending from the existing story. I would recommend this book, especially to readers of Dickens who might not have yet read this title.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars it would have been nice to see how CD himself would have completed the...
Obviously, it would have been nice to see how CD himself would have completed the story, but an enjoyable development of character and of plot if you like Dickens and other writers... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dan and Shy Rees
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
This is the least favorite of the eight Dickens books I've read.
Published 1 month ago by Arthur G. Gamble
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
incomplete
Published 5 months ago by David F Harris
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The story was difficult to comprehend.Highly descriptive.The mystery of Edwin Rood continues to be a mystery for me.
Published 7 months ago by sankara iyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Dickens' last book; who finished it?
It is a little difficult getting into the 19th century British English but then it begins to flow. The reason I give this eBook 3 stars is because Charles Dickens DID-NOT write... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Christine from Carlsbad, CA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good and strange
Published 7 months ago by John E Marble Sr
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Kindle edition of the book
Good kindle edition of the book -- no frills edition. Re-read it before directing a production of the musical, and it is a fun, short read.
Published 7 months ago by RonAnnArbor
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
I am a Charles Dickens fan of video, but not his books as this one convinced me to stay with PBS presentations.
Published 7 months ago by Hans Dieter Wulf
1.0 out of 5 stars ... book -- perhaps I'm not a Dickens' lover -- boring, confusing -...
Could not get through this book -- perhaps I'm not a Dickens' lover -- boring, confusing - we'll try something else by Dickens one of these days -- but not now.
Published 7 months ago by Dobe Lover
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring. Never got past the middle of the 2nd ...
Boring. Never got past the middle of the 2nd chapter.
Published 7 months ago by happygrandparent
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