No Name

Paperback | August 10, 2008

byWilkie CollinsEditorVirginia Blain

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Magdalen Vanstone and her sister Norah learn the true meaning of social stigma in Victorian England only after the traumatic discovery that their dearly loved parents, whose sudden deaths have left them orphans, were not married at the time of their birth. Disinherited by law and brutallyousted from Combe-Raven, the idyllic country estate which has been their peaceful home since childhood, the two young women are left to fend for themselves. While the submissive Norah follows a path of duty and hardship as a governess, her high-spirited and rebellious younger sister has made otherdecisions. Determined to regain her rightful inheritance at any cost, Magdalen uses her unconventional beauty and dramatic talent in recklessly pursuing her revenge. Aided by the audacious swindler Captain Wragge, she braves a series of trials leading up to the climactic test: can she tradeherself in marriage to the man she loathes? Written in the early 1860s, between The Woman in White and The Moonstone, No Name was rejected as immoral by critics of its time, but is today regarded as a novel of outstanding social insight, showing Collins at the height of his powers.

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Magdalen Vanstone and her sister Norah learn the true meaning of social stigma in Victorian England only after the traumatic discovery that their dearly loved parents, whose sudden deaths have left them orphans, were not married at the time of their birth. Disinherited by law and brutallyousted from Combe-Raven, the idyllic country es...

William Wilkie Collins was an English novelist, playwright, and writer of short stories.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:784 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.3 inPublished:August 10, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199536732

ISBN - 13:9780199536733

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from A very long book This book is 784 pages and wow, is it long and boring. I read No Name because I was interested in the Victorian period and wanted to read an author who was popular at the time but isn't widely read now. There's a reason he isn't widely read now. The writing is competent but far too little happens in these pages to justify the time it takes to read such a large book. With all of the distractions we have these days (movies, the internet, television), it's a huge undertaking to read a book this size. There is no payoff at the end of the 784 pages and you don't feel enriched by the experience. Save yourself some time and go re-read Jane Eyre instead.
Date published: 2010-04-07