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The Woman in White (Modern Library Classics) Paperback – January 8, 2002
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A note on Kindle formatting: I have seen reviews of other Kindle freebies that were badly formatted and/or edited, but that was not the case with this book. Not only were there few (if any) typos, the formatting was quite readable. The one addition I would have liked is a linked table of contents. If you find a 99 cent version that boasts such a TOC, I'd recommend buying it instead of downloading it for free as I would have like to have looked back at different characters' accounts after reading them.
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But what of the title? Who is the Woman in White? Her chance meeting with Walter Hartright on the road to London provides the catalyst upon which the entire narrative turns. She is at once and both the key and the puzzle. She is a victim. She is a harbinger. She scares Sir Percival out of his wits.
This book offers vivid portrayals of Victorian England, its mannerisms, its wardrobe, its inhibitions, its attitude. This book eerily reflects our own time, our own angst, in the 21st century. Once you read it, you'll know what I mean. Deception has no age.
P.S. Whatever you do, don't turn your back on Count Fosco!
"The Woman in White" is not just one of the most engaging and gripping Victorian novels I have ever read, it is one of the most engaging and gripping novels of all time. Collins creates vivid, memorable characters (ranging from brave intelligent Marian to the surprising and sinister Count Fosco) who are engaged in a plot that twists and turns like nothing else. There are so many unexpected, even shocking incidents, and Collins moves between them with exactingly precise yet graceful and beautiful prose. Not only that, his narrative style, which moves from character to character, allows for fantastic comic interludes which break up the drama (the chapter from the point of view of the hypochondriac uncle is gut-bustingly funny).
A couple of people I know, who are generally not fond of 19th century literature, loved this book. I have never met someone who has not been charmed by it. I strongly urge anyone and everyone to read it.
I am very glad to say that I stuck with it. Initially I thought this would be a romance so I braced myself for that alone (I am not a big fan of romantic fiction). I admit that I skipped a couple of pages when I was a few chapters in (I can only handle so much drippy fawning over a beloved) but only had to do that once.
The Woman in White is certainly not just a romance, but also a great mystery novel and filled with some very intriguing characters. Marian Halcombe is, of course, my favorite - a strong woman who belittles herself and women far too much, but also Pesca and later the Count - even at the end, I couldn't bring myself to hate Fosco! Indeed the only characters that I disliked were those I believe I was supposed to dislike... the idiotic Fairlie, the smarmy Baronet and a pity-hate relationship with Mrs Catherack. Throughout the whole book, we are made aware that something bad happens... and unlike a traditional mystery where we read to find out whodunnit, in this case we wait with baited breath to ask not only whodunnit, but also what did they do? Cleverly written and highly recommended!
The Woman In White is in the public domain so I picked up this free ebook instead of one of the paid versions, and I was perfectly happy with the Kindle formatting.
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If you enjoy convoluted mysteries written in old style English then this is right up your alley. Enjoy!Published 5 days ago by Cynthia Y. Markowitz
I am only about half done reading this, but I am really enjoying it. It holds my attention well. It took a little while to get use to the writing style but it is well done.Published 7 days ago by pam
Good story but difficult to read because of the use of Old English terms.Published 7 days ago by Bev Dahlberg
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