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The Moonstone Stolen from the forehead of a Hindu idol the dazzling gem known as The Moonstone resurfaces at a birthday party in an English country home with an enigmatic trio of watchful Brahmins hot on its trail

  • Title: The Moonstone
  • Author: Wilkie Collins
  • ISBN: 9780486424514
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Moonstone By Wilkie Collins, Stolen from the forehead of a Hindu idol, the dazzling gem known as The Moonstone resurfaces at a birthday party in an English country home with an enigmatic trio of watchful Brahmins hot on its trail Laced with superstitions, suspicion, humor, and romance, this 1868 mystery draws readers into a compelling tale with twists and turns ranging from sleepwalking to experiStolen from the forehead of a Hindu idol, the dazzling gem known as The Moonstone resurfaces at a birthday party in an English country home with an enigmatic trio of watchful Brahmins hot on its trail Laced with superstitions, suspicion, humor, and romance, this 1868 mystery draws readers into a compelling tale with twists and turns ranging from sleepwalking to experimentation with opium The suspense and drama is heightened as the narrative passes from one colorful character to the next Wilkie Collins masterpiece is particularly distinguished by the appearance of Sergeant Cuff, a prototype of the English detective hero and the harbinger of a popular tradition of sleuthing.

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    1. The Moonstone, generally recognized as the first detective novel despite the appearance of The Notting Hill Mystery a few years before , is not only a work of historical importance but also a work that transcends the genre it created, in the artfulness of its plotting, in its compassionate depiction of servants, and in its enlightened resolution of the theme of the British Empire, its crimes and their consequences.Not that I wish to minimize its historical importance The Moonstone is the first c [...]

    2. The Moonstone was published in 1868 and is considered by most people to be the first detective novel Given the novels place in the history of the genre, that alone should put this book on most people s reading lists To sweeten the pot, the plot is compelling, the last hundred pages I couldn t have put the book down for anything I was caught up in the case and wanted to find out the why and the who in the mysterious circumstances surrounding the MOONSTONE.The novel is narrated by several differen [...]

    3. 4.5 stars, rounding up, for this 1868 Victorian era mystery, often considered the first English language detective novel Wilkie Collins spins a literary web that starts out slowly but then inexorably pulls you in I finished the last half of the book in one extended readathon He has a gift for writing as vastly different characters, who each take a turn telling or writing their part of the story, and a droll, sometimes very sarcastic sense of humor.In 1799 a British soldier steals a large yellow [...]

    4. The following is a recently found letter written by the English author Charles Dickens to his friend Wilkie Collins concerning the latter s newly released 1868 novel The Moonstone Charles Dickens11 Gad s Hill PlaceHingham, KentEnglandNovember 13, 1868Dear Wilkie, I am now pressing my pen against this paper to congratulate you on the success of your excellent new novel, The Moonstone I have just completed reading it and I would like to present you with my opinion that this was, as they say, a tru [...]

    5. The problem with mysteries for me, anyway, is that I don t care who did it Which is a drawback I just think well, it s one of those characters the author has given a name to, it won t be the fourth man back on the upper deck of the omnibus mentioned briefly on page 211 It will be someone with a name And further, it will be someone who you don t think it will be, because that s the whole point You don t think it s going to be that person so it s a surprise So, if it turns out to be the not obviou [...]

    6. The Moonstone is known as the first detective novel , and it s a cracking one You can see things invented here that were directly borrowed by future writers Holmes overconfidence and his use of London urchins as agents Agatha Christie s exploration of narrative reliability as opposed to Poe s Dupin, which was the first detective story I know, we re splitting hairs.And if the mystery s not enough for you, how about mysterious Oriental cultures Romance Quicksand Opium This is a ludicrously enterta [...]

    7. Though Wilkie Collins was long time friends with Charles Dickens, they had drastically different writing styles, and suffered some rough patches in their relationship In a letter to someone, Dickens talks about his thoughts on The Moonstone The construction is wearisome beyond endurance, and there is a vein of obstinate conceit in it that makes enemies of readers What the heck Who s this Dickens guy, anyway What the heck does he know about writing Sheesh I don t know what book the vaunted Mr Cha [...]

    8. I am thank God constitutionally superior to reason Profit, good friends, I beseech you, by my example It will save you from many troubles of the vexing sort Cultivate a superiority to reason, and see how you pare the claws of all the sensible people when they try to scratch you for your own good I ve wanted to read it since I read The D Case or The Truth About The Mystery Of Edwin Drood and The Mystery of Edwin Drood I ve discovered a new favourite author I am happy And the final essay by Eliot [...]

    9. I was torn between giving two stars and three stars to Wilkie Collins s The Moonstone, a book T S Eliot called the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels Longest is perhaps the operative word here, reminding one of Samuel Johnson s comment speaking, in his case, of Milton s Paradise Lost that none ever wished it longer The Moonstone s length, in the end, is its chief and perhaps only major failing Large chunks of the novel seem to drag on and on with few advancements [...]

    10. Literary 2012 is closing on an auspicious high, no doubt about it These are the facts.First, there was waterworks over Turgenev s Fathers and Children a couple of weeks ago Second, upon finding out that my favourite film Marienbad was based on The Invention of Morel, which now ordered will see me through to the New Year, there was flushed excitement.Third, I have not stopped laughing since I took up The Moonstone A veritable boon of emotions Some have pointed out it might be less the influence o [...]

    11. 862 The Moonstone, Wilkie CollinsThe Moonstone 1868 by Wilkie Collins is a 19th century British epistolary novel, generally considered the first full length detective novel in the English language The Moonstone tells of the events surrounding the disappearance of a mysterious and cursed yellow diamond T S Eliot called it the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels It contains a number of ideas which became common tropes of the genre, including a crime being investigat [...]

    12. I guess a review of this requires me to say that Wilkie Collins The Moonstone is one of the first mystery novels ever written Now that I ve got that out of the way, let s get on with the review.This English drama mystery started out great It also started out much the same way many English drama mysteries of the period would start out in the manor house It also used the popular in its time epistolary form of storytelling, with about a half dozen characters taking up their pens to relate their por [...]

    13. La mejor receta para la novela polic aca el detective no debe saber nunca m s que el lector Agatha Christie De qu manera puede escribirse una obra maestra de seiscientas treinta p ginas en la que nunca decae el inter s por saber como termina De qu se compone la genialidad de un escritor para elaborar una historia con tantos giros, ribetes y escenas impensadas sin confundir al lector Puede un escritor ser tan h bil para mantener el suspense en una novela policial que atraves todas las pocas desde [...]

    14. More Interesting for Plot than PeoplePublished in 1868, The Moonstone outsold Great Expectations Yet Dickens is universally acknowledged the greater author today, and I d assumed that Wilkie Collins was now just a literary footnote, notable as author of the first detective story, but scarcely worth reading for his own sake The other day, however, I bragged to a friend that I was reading The Moonstone, but instead of congratulations all I got was You surely mean re reading it Ouch The essence of [...]

    15. Rereads generally work very well for me, as I have memory like a sieve However, some books are rewarding when re reading than others and I usually only find out once I have committed to the reread I first read The Moonstone decades ago and I enjoyed it very much, unfortunately even my poor memory still retains the outrageous denouement to the central mystery of the theft of the eponymous diamond Still, I was curious to reread it as I remember enjoying it so much.The Moonstone is about the theft [...]

    16. I read this as a buddy read with my friend Laura, and it was fun to discuss it as we went along Reading it with her helped me persist and finish it I m appreciative to her for waiting for me while I waited for my library copy and then sometimes waiting for me to catch up with her while we read This book is incredibly hard for me to rate and even difficult to review.I m going to settle on 2 stars, possibly coming close to 2 stars As usual, I m rating based on my personal reading experience What [...]

    17. Damn those heathen savages trying to get back their stolen sacred stone from them sahibs Mildly spoilerishTo my utmost disappointment The Butler, didn t do it Considering that this book was written wayyy back in the 1840 1850s, one needs to ignore a the methods of solving a supposed crime and mystery behind certain unexplained events b the oriental tenor of describing certain ahem races nationalities using the term loosely here c the obscure experiments providingconfounding astounding and accura [...]

    18. In the preface to another edition of this book, the author informed his readers that it was his intention with The Moonstone to trace the influence of character on circumstances instead of what he usually did in his stories, which was to trace the influence of circumstances on character To quote him The conduct pursued, under a sudden emergency, by a young girl, supplies the foundation on which I have built this book In short, this is a character driven novel He also conveyed that when he was at [...]

    19. There stood Miss Rachel at the table, like a person fascinated, with the Colonel s unlucky Diamond in her hand There, on either side of her, knelt the two Bouncers, devouring the jewel with their eyes, and screaming with ecstasy every time it flashed on them in a new light There, at the opposite side of the table, stood Mr Godfrey, clapping his hands like a large child, and singing out softly, Exquisite exquisite There sat Mr Franklin in a chair by the book case, tugging at his beard, and lookin [...]

    20. This is supposedly one of the first mystery novels ever published and is believed to introduce the prototype for the English detective hero character It is also the first book in the Tyler and Kate Book Club I will always love it because it s one of the only books Tyler and I could decide on to read together and it was wonderfully absorbing and provided us with lots of grand characters and interesting plot twists to enjoy and the mystery to ponder It s certainly very long and often verbose I usu [...]

    21. 3.5 stars for this overly long classic mystery novel by Collins The second half of the novel picked up in pace but the foreshadowing left little doubt about the outcome The writing is good, it saves the book really I have previously read The Woman in White which I liked , but this book has secured it s position in the canon of English Literature.

    22. 4.5 rounded up I must admit that I d completely ruled out the who in all of this early on in the story, so at least Collins kept me guessing over 400 pages and gave me a nice jolt at the end That s always a good thing A little farfetched though plausible, and a little on the draggy side in parts, but I had a great time with it and I loved the switching narrative style Anyone who has not yet read The Moonstone really ought to pick up a copy, not solely because it is considered by some to be The f [...]

    23. What a fine fine book this is I am so surprised that it has taken me so long to get to it given how much I love Victorian Era British Novels I think perhaps that is because of how slow a book I found the Woman in White to be I finally picked up the Moonstone three days ago, and have read through it virtually nonstop This is often described as the first real detective novel in the English language, and as such you might expect it to be completely plot driven That is not the case at all Collins us [...]

    24. We had our breakfasts whatever happens in a house, robbery or murder, it doesn t matter, you must have your breakfast Thus began an entire genre I loved The Woman in White a number of years ago, and was also fully enthralled by The Moonstone It s regarded as the first English detective novel, and it s such a good, fat, satisfying read The excitement of a really great Victorian sensation novel a missing diamond, huge dollops of Orientalism, an illicit affair, opium, quicksand and some quite moder [...]

    25. Che delizia, che delizia Thrilleristi da quattro soldi che scrivete oggi le vostre misere storielle, con quei personaggi cos dozzinali, cos stereotipati, fate per favore lo sforzo di leggervi Wilkie Collins e imparate cosa vuol dire costruire un buon libro giallo, creare suspense, caratterizzare e rendere unici i personaggi, descrivere ambienti e situazioni in modo chiaro e accattivante, tenere incollato il lettore alle pagine Imparate a scrivere, perdinci Siate un po pi ambiziosi Ai registi di [...]

    26. Perhaps it is not surprising that I managed to guess the who , if not the how of this prototype mystery What may be somewhat of a surprise is that this recognition did not make the book tedious, nor did it become a plodding step by step towards inevitability like many mysteries are.Like The Virginian, this predecessor of a genre never seems to fall into the same traps as its innumerable followers Indeed, with both these books, the focus itself becomes something entirely different than the obsess [...]

    27. Well thank goodness for that I got a little bit bogged down with this one, maybe because I had two other books going at the same time which were quite fast paced and kept my attention I ended up liking the story of the diamond stolen from an Indian sacred statue but mostly I liked it for some of the characters who tell the story in 11 different narratives My special favourite is Betteredge the old steward of the country house where much of the story takes place who relies on Robinson Crusoe for [...]

    28. The best thing about a classic book is that the author dissects out, and lays before you bare, all the thoughts and feelings of the characters This not only helps you understand the story better, but it lets you make a bond with the characters all irrespective of whether the genre of the story is crime or drama or romance If you ll read The Moonstone, you ll come across how the author describes the French, German and Italian aspects of an important character s personality, this in itself goes to [...]

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