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The Moonstone: Wilkie Collins

by Random House Value

October 25, 2009 | Trade Paperback

The Moonstone: Wilkie Collins is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: October 25, 2009

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307291766

ISBN - 13: 9780307291769

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting detective novel The Moonstone is a huge, yellow diamond that originally adorned the head of a Hindu moon-god’s statue in India. It was removed by Muslim conquerors and then taken through murder and theft by the corrupt Col. John Herncastle in the 1799 British storming of Seringapatam. Some fifty years later, Herncastle, who has been shunned by his family, leaves it as a legacy to his niece, Rachel Verinder. But all during this time, three Brahmin priests and their descendants have continued to follow the diamond in the hopes of returning it to India. For Rachel’s eighteenth birthday party, Herncastle’s nephew, Franklin Blake, is instructed to bring the diamond to Rachel. At the party, besides Rachel and Blake who are in love, are Rachel’s mother, cousins Godfrey Ablewhite and Miss Drusilla Clack, a local doctor Thomas Candy, and a world traveler named Mr. Murthwaite. Three Indian jugglers have also come by offering to perform for the party but are refused. Rachel wears the diamond at her party. However, the next morning it is missing. Several suggestions as to who took it are made--the three Indian jugglers; Rosanna Spearman, a maidservant who begins to act oddly and who then drowns herself in a local quicksand; and even Rachel herself, who also behaves suspiciously and is suddenly furious with Blake when he directs attempts to find it. Sergeant Richard Cuff, a renowned detective from Scotland Yard, is called in, but the mystery remains unsolved and everyone leaves. During the next year there are hints that the diamond was removed from the house and may be in a London bank vault, having been pledged as surety to a moneylender. The Indian jugglers are still nearby, watching and waiting. Who took the diamond? Will it ever be found? And why did Rosanna kill herself? The story is told through narratives by several of the parties involved, including head servant Gabriel Betteredge, Miss Clack, the Verinders’ solicitor Matthew Bruff, Mr. Blake, and others. T. S. Elliot called it “The first and greatest of English detective novels.” The British Conkie and the American Edgar Allen Poe are credited as co-creators of the detective story. The Moonstone has all the features that we usually associate with English detective novels—an English country setting, a bloody murder, a tragic suicide, a frustrated love affair, a bumbling local policeman, and a brilliant London detective. However, this is not a “modern detective story.” Rather than focusing on atmosphere and sinister villains, Collins emphasizes characterization and a simple mystery with its solution. Forms of the “d” word are used in a few instances, and the terms “Lord” and “God” are occasionally found as interjections. There are several references to drinking wine, smoking tobacco, and even using opium, although both the smoking and opium use are essential to the plot. Also, the opium is spoken of more as a medicine, and the dangers of addiction are mentioned. The only really “religious” person, Miss Clack, is slightly lampooned as somewhat of a fanatic, but the fact is that there are people who do self-righteously use their religion as a cudgel to beat others. The book could be done as a family read aloud with some judicious editing or explanation but is recommended primarily for teens and adults as the subject matter and style of writing would probably not appeal to younger children.
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great You must not have an objection to reading a long book without pictures and a book from the time period of the British mid Nineteenth century. You will find this story just absolutely spellbinding. If you can resist peeking at the last pages you'll find the ending most surprising. The story moves very well. Considering that investigators of that time period had no modern advantages, except for writing letters and making personal visits, it is remarkable how this mystery is solved. A perfect book for curling up with on cold, rainy weekends.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best A wonderful British detective novel. Curses intrigue and India all intertwined. As good as the Sherlock Holmes series and that says something!
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! I read The Woman in White by Collins a few months ago and fell in love. I loved it so much, so I'm reading more of his books. I read The Evil Genius by him a few weeks ago, and liked it a lot too. I absolutely LOVED this book! Definitely lived up to expectations created by The Woman in White. I love Collins' writing style, it's so descriptive. Plus I love the way the book is laid out. Its almost like reading court documents of people's testimonies. Known as the first detective novel, it definitely is a great way to start the genre. I highly recommend this book, and it makes me love Collins even more! Have to read so many more of his books.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A definite page-turner This novel, considered to be the first English detective novel, has influenced the likes of Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens. If you like suspense, mystery, and humour, you'll love the way this story unfolds, taking various leads until it is finally solved in a way you probably wouldn't think of. The characters have very distinct personalities, and are all delightful in their own way.
Date published: 2013-11-08

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The Moonstone: Wilkie Collins

by Random House Value

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: October 25, 2009

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307291766

ISBN - 13: 9780307291769

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