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ISBN:
0451524373
ISBN13:
978-0451524379
Author:
Wilkie Collins
Publisher:
Signet Classics (May 1985)
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1535 kb
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1716 kb
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Rating:
4.3

I roused myself from the book which Iwas dreaming over rather than reading, and left my chambers to meet thecool night air in the suburbs.

I roused myself from the book which Iwas dreaming over rather than reading, and left my chambers to meet thecool night air in the suburbs. It was one of the two evenings in everyweek which I was accustomed to spend with my mother and my sister. SoI turned my steps northward in the direction of Hampstead.

The Woman in White is Wilkie Collins's fifth published novel, written in 1859. It is considered to be among the first mystery novels and is widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of "sensation novels". The story is sometimes considered an early example of detective fiction with protagonist Walter Hartright employing many of the sleuthing techniques of later private detectives.

The Woman in White By Wilkie Collins. I roused myself from the book which I was dreaming over rather than reading, and left my chambers to meet the cool night air in the suburbs. ww. reeclassicebooks. It was one of the two evenings in every week which I was accustomed to spend with my mother and my sister. So I turned my steps northward in the direction of Hampstead.

She appears out of nowhere, a woman dressed all in white, standing in the moonlight on the lonely heath. Walter Hartright is at first alarmed, but then sees that she is frightened and confused, and needs his help. He speaks kindly to her, walks with her to show her the right road, and soon she disappears into the night again. This strange meeting begins a chain of events that bring together Walter, Marian and her half-sister Laura, Sir Percival and his Italian friend Count Fosco in a mystery in which nothing is as it seems. And at the heart of the mystery is the sad, lonely figure of the woman.

The Woman in White book. I liked the good characters, disliked the bad ones, and couldn't predict the ending until I got there; it's as simple as that. Best lines about women: 1. Women can resist a man's love, a man's fame, a man's personal appearance, and a man's money; but they cannot resist a man's tongue, when he knows how to talk to them.

I roused myself from the book which I was dreaming over rather than reading, and left my chambers to meet the cool night air in the suburbs.

The Woman in White is an epistolary novel written by Wilkie Collins in 1859, serialized in 1859–1860. Often considered one of the first mystery novels, The Woman In White follows protagonist Walter Hartright, an art teacher, as he has a mysterious late night encounter on a London street with a lost woman, dressed all in white, who he later finds out had escaped from an asylum. The figure of this woman and the words they exchanged during their meeting come to haunt Walter, even as he accepts a job at Limmeridge House outside of London to instruct heiress Laura Farlie in art.

The Woman In White is a 1859 novel by the English author, Wilkie Collins. The novel, which predates Sherlock Holmes by decades, is considered to be one of the first mystery novels ever written. It was first published in the serial format in Charles Dickens’ magazine, All the Year Round and Harper’s Weekly before being adapted into a full-length novel in 1860.

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A woman in white! If you meet with the woman, please, stop her.  .

A woman in white! If you meet with the woman, please, stop her. Why? . There stood Miss Fairlie, a white figure, alone in the moonlight; in her attitude, in the turn of her head, in her complexion, in the shape of her face, the living image of the woman in white! During the following weeks, I experienced some of the happiest and most peaceful moments in my life. Every afternoon I went with Miss Halcombe, or Marian as I called her, and Laura into the countryside to draw and paint.

The mysterious apparition of a woman in white leads a young drawing master on a tantalizing quest into love, mystery, danger, and evil
Reviews:
  • Amarin
Often considered one of the first mystery novels, The Woman In White follows protagonist Walter Hartright, an art teacher, as he has a mysterious late night encounter on a London street with a lost woman, dressed all in white, who he later finds out had escaped from an asylum. The figure of this woman and the words they exchanged during their meeting come to haunt Walter, even as he accepts a job at Limmeridge House outside of London to instruct heiress Laura Farlie in art. Walter soon recognizes the astonishing resemblance between Laura and The Woman In White, and finds out that the mystery woman also used to live near Limmeridge and has connections to the Farlie family. You’ll have to read further to see how the story progresses, but the plot is quite complex, twisting and turning with elements of unrequited love, unhappy marriages, murder plots and overall very shady dealings.

What I Liked
One of the main characters in the novel is Laura Farlie’s devoted half-sister and friend, Marion Halcombe. Marion and Walter act intermittently as the principal investigators of the mystery on which the novel is based, as they essentially ask and try to answer the very questions the reader is also wondering. I found Marion’s character in particular to be a very likeable one. She’s much more adventurous, proactive and strong than Laura, who is a bit of a damsel in distress throughout the novel. I also found Marion to be more likeable than Walter, because she’s more rational and less romantic. I essentially found her to be most like myself, simply wanting to uncover the truth and also to protect her friend in the difficult and even dangerous situations in which Laura finds herself.

I really appreciated the complexity with which the novel dealt with the themes of women’s inequality and lack of options in those times. The contrasting characters of Marion and Laura are the vehicles through which Collins addresses these issues. Marion is strong, opinionated and individualistic, but as she is not beautiful in a conventional sense and has no independent means, she’s very restricted in her ability to remove herself and Laura from harmful situations. For her part, Laura has beauty and a large inheritance, but her subservient, soft and yielding temperament is easily manipulated by others and she quickly loses her freedom to an unhappy marriage.

The plot of the novel overall was expertly written to keep the suspense and mystery going throughout, despite its over 700 pages. There were several twists to the narrative and the old English manor setting for most of the novel provided an optimal bleak and dreary backdrop. I was legitimately scared for the novel’s heroines Marion and Laura from the second half of the novel onwards, and I kept turning the page to see what else would happen to them or what more would be revealed about their antagonist’s intentions. Overall, it was a very captivating read, and I also really liked Collins’ technique of designating different narrators for different sections of the novel, as though they were retelling their recollections of what happened as witnesses before a court of law.

What I Didn’t Like
Without spoiling anything, there were two very evil male figures in the novel, who I felt were somewhat overly caricatured and at times not very believable. Towards the end of the novel one of the figures is also said to be involved with politics in a way that I think was kind of unnecessary to the plot – a bit thrown in there. At times, it was also hard to believe that Laura herself could be as passive as she was in the face of some of the circumstances she faced.

Final Verdict
A tragic, haunting tale about mistaken identities, unbelievable selfishness and cruelty, bust also true love and persevering friendship. A true classic.
  • Innadril
I never expected to love this book as much as I did and I'm so happy I tried it. It's a long one, so be prepared for that. Be prepared, also, for twists and turns and that slam you feel when you thought you knew what was going on and had it all figured out and you got the rug pulled out from under you!

This was written in that grand style English that you just don't find in modern literature. I adore reading it, and if you love the classics, and a good mystery, then this is for you. These people came from a different time, and what was considered a huge scandal years and years ago wouldn't raise an eyebrow today, so keep that in mind as you read. This is truly a different world. But, human nature is fairly consistent, and you will recognize in these characters, people you have read in more modern tomes, or even people you know yourself. They are well developed, complex characters that I enjoyed immensely. I love the dramatic swooning...the formal language...and a time in history when restraint was a highly regarded quality.

This Kindle edition was free...and won't cost you anything to give it a go. I'm sure you will be as engrossed as I was.
  • Beazerdred
I'd never heard of Wilkie Collins before I got my Kindle. In searching out free classics, I of course found a number of references to this classic mystery. I inferred from the title that the woman in white was a ghost (who knows why!) so fully expected some specter to rise out of the misty moors. Instead, I was surprised to find myself in the grip of a diabolical and tragic tale told by several different and distinct voices. While a tad overlong - why use one word when you can use six? - my thumb rarely left the Next Page button. I had no desire to 'cheat' on Walter, Laura, Marion, Anne, the Baronet and Fosco with another book, and in fact could barely put down my Kindle until I could no longer keep my eyes open in the wee hours of the night. Collins was a genius at keeping the reader guessing, which I did throughout. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Collins read my thoughts and threw me a curveball. And though the language is very old-fashioned and formal - think 19th century England - I had few troubles figuring out the odd unfamiliar phrase. Of course, it was tough not to chuckle at the quaint and genteel 'evils' that seem so commonplace today, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. If anything, it added to it. After reading - and thoroughly enjoying - The Woman in White, I can clearly understand why this classic has endured.

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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