The Moonstone

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The best Kindle The Moonstone the best work The first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novelseverything that is good in the modern story can be found in The Moonstone Thus T.S Eliot described this extraordinary masterpiece a novel that to this day has the power to draw the reader into its world of danger, suspense, and shocking surprise a world whose inhabitants come from the usually ig The first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novelseverything that is good in the modern story can be found in The Moonstone Thus T.S Eliot described this extraordinary masterpiece a novel that to this day has the power to draw the reader into its world of danger, suspense, and shocking surprise a world whose inhabitants come from the usually ignored underside of Victorian life The indefatigable yet completely human police inspector, Sergeant Cuff the extremely independent young woman, Rachel Verinder the tragic loner, Ezra Jennings these are but a few of the unforgettable figures who make this tale of a stolen jewel, foreign menace, and violent death both a spellbinding mystery and a telling social portrait Replete with intimations of exotic evil and occult experiences, here is a fascinating excursion into the shadows that lie just beyond the ordered landscape of English society To read The Moonstone is to enjoy what Dorothy Sayers called the very finest detective story ever written With a complete bibliography and an Introduction by Frederick Karl, Professor of English at New York University. Popular Ebook The Moonstone 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—certainly the first fully-formed—detective novel, and it contains within that great “first” a number of little “firsts”: the first English country house mystery featuring a large guest list of suspects, the first crew of bumbling local policemen mucking about in the evidence, the first detective genius distinguished by an unlikely hobby, the first small, suggestive physical clue (a smear on the bottom of a newly-painted door), the first effective “red herrings” (I counted at least two), the first attempt at a precise reenactment of the crime at its original scene, and the first pursuit of a disguised criminal through the streets of a major city.But it is the plot, which uses all these “firsts” to great advantage, that both astonishes and pleases the reader. The Moonstone is at least three times the length of the average detective novel, and yet it sustains interest and maintains credibility throughout its many twists. turns, and asides. Its plot reminds me of the melody line of Bellini's “Casta Diva,” which strikes the ear as a thing of incomparable elegance, but never calls to mind—except upon later reflection—either its own extraordinary length or the expert craftsmanship such seamless length requires. Also impressive is Collins' sympathetic depiction of the English servant class. Steward and Butler Gabriel Betteredge is a marvelous comic character, memorable for his daily readings of Robinson Crusoe, which he reveres as a source of divination and practical guidance. But Betteredge is also the essentially reliable narrator of half the novel, and, as we learn of the events on the Verinder estate through his eyes and ears, we grow to love and trust him as a good man and an intelligent observer. Also noteworthy is Collins' presentation of Roseanna, the servant girl with a deformed shoulder and a criminal past. Collins treats her with dignity, neither as a comic grotesque nor as an object of simple pity, but as fully human person with a unique, blighted destiny.But perhaps my favorite thing about the book is Collins' use of “The Moonstone” itself, that great diamond snatched from a Hindu shrine by the villainous Colonel Herncastle during the Siege of Seringapatam—the 1799 climax to the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War which served to institutionalize English theft under the banner of the British East India Company. It is the second theft of this gem from the Verinder estate that precipitates the events of the novel, but memory of the original crime—and its curse—is never far from the reader, for the Brahmins who wish to return “The Moonstone” to the shrine of Chandra are never far away. At first these shadowy figures appear to be exotic villians, but Collins eventually shows us that the real criminals—both past and present—are the “respectable” English, and he grants his Hindu priests a moving coda. Sure, the ending of the novel is romantic, and exotic. But it is dignified and respectful of other cultures too.The real reason, however, that you should read The Moonstone is that it endures, after all these years, as a diverting and absorbing entertainment. The first detective novel is still as readable as if it were published today.
The Moonstone TV Mini Series Oct , A fresh adaptation of English literature s first great detective novel When Franklin Blake returns to England, he is forced to face the ghosts he fled a year ago when the Moonstone, a The Moonstone The Moonstone PBS The Moonstone A fresh adaptation of English literature s first great detective novel When Franklin Blake returns to England, he is forced to face the ghosts he fled a year ago when the Moonstone, The Moonstone Wordsworth Classics The Moonstone is another riveting Collins mystery novel, with new surprises popping up especially at the end I could never have guessed the solution to the mystery, which is what makes this book so The Moonstone TV Movie Nov , When the fabulous Moonstone diamond is stolen, all the suspects appear to have alibis Even the young girl who owns the diamond won t say whom she saw took it A dear family friend calls The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins 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

  1. A close friend of Charles Dickens from their meeting in March 1851 until Dickens death in June 1870, William Wilkie Collins was one of the best known, best loved, and, for a time, best paid of Victorian fiction writers But after his death, his reputation declined as Dickens bloomed Now, Collins is being given critical and popular attention than he has received for 50 years Most of his books are in print, and all are now in e text He is studied widely new film, television, and radio versions of some of his books have been made and all of his letters have been published However, there is still much to be discovered about this superstar of Victorian fiction.Born in Marylebone, London in 1824, Collins family enrolled him at the Maida Hill Academy in 1835, but then took him to France and Italy with them between 1836 and 1838 Returning to England, Collins attended Cole s boarding school, and completed his education in 1841, after which he was apprenticed to the tea merchants Antrobus Co in the Strand In 1846, Collins became a law student at Lincoln s Inn, and was called to the bar in 1851, although he never practised It was in 1848, a year after the death of his father, that he published his first book, The Memoirs of the Life of William Collins, Esq R.A to good reviews The 1860s saw Collins creative high point, and it was during this decade that he achieved fame and critical acclaim, with his four major novels, The Woman in White 1860 , No Name 1862 , Armadale 1866 and The Moonstone 1868 The Moonstone , is seen by many as the first true detective novel T S Eliot called it the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels in a genre invented by Collins and not by Poe.

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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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