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The Woman in White In One Moment, Every Drop Of Blood In My Body Was Brought To A Stop There, As If It Had That Moment Sprung Out Of The Earth, Stood The Figure Of A Solitary Woman, Dressed From Head To Foot In White The Woman In White Famously Opens With Walter Hartright S Eerie Encounter On A Moonlit London Road Engaged As A Drawing Master To The Beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter Becomes Embroiled In The Sinister Intrigues Of Sir Percival Glyde And His Charming Friend Count Fosco, Who Has A Taste For White Mice, Vanilla Bonbons, And Poison Pursuing Questions Of Identity And Insanity Along The Paths And Corridors Of English Country Houses And The Madhouse, The Woman In White Is The First And Most Influential Of The Victorian Genre That Combined Gothic Horror With Psychological RealismMatthew Sweet S Introduction Explores The Phenomenon Of Victorian Sensation Fiction, And Discusses Wilkie Collins S Biographical And Societal Influences Included In This Edition Are Appendices On Theatrical Adaptations Of The Novel And Its Serialisation History The Woman in White promises so much and delivers very little.The first hundred pages of the book are gripping and intense Wilkie Collins begins with an atmospheric mystery that is exciting and almost haunting I really wanted to know all the secrets the story had to offer So even when the book began to grow a little dull around the middle I carried on reading because I hoped that the dryness would be worth it, my patience was bound to be rewarded I was so terribly mistaken The big reveal a The Woman in White promises so much and delivers very little.The first hundred pages of the book are gripping and intense Wilkie Collins begins with an atmospheric mystery that is exciting and almost haunting I really wanted to know all the secrets the story had to offer So even when the book began to grow a little dull around the middle I carried on reading because I hoped that the dryness would be worth it, my patience was bound to be rewarded I was so terribly mistaken The big reveal at the end is so ridiculously anti climactic that I actually laughed That s what I had been waiting for all this time For a book like this, one that is driven by the plot rather than the characters, it is such a major downfall The real problem this story had is its pacing There is simply too much middle where the story just doesn t go anywhere and the characters fret over the same facts but get no closer to understanding what any of it means I grew bored of the endless speculation and marriage politics I wanted something to happen beyond the seemingly endless conversation that held no substance.And the entire situation was agony It was just so frustrating It simply did not need to happen whatsoever and was predictable to a fault When you get into bed with a nasty person it s hardly surprising that your life turns to shit yet, for the characters it came as a drastic shock Wake up Look at the real world Surely, surely, nobody would be that stupid I gave up caring It was a relief to finish The only real flaw in this densely plotted page turner of a novel is that in the end it slightly disappoints because it promisesthan it delivers It makes the reader fall in love with its plain but resourceful heroine Marian Halcombe, and teases us with the delightful prospect that she will become the principal agent bringing the villains to justice When, in the middle of the novel, Marian tells her half sister Laura that our endurance must end, and our resistance begin, it seems like a The only real flaw in this densely plotted page turner of a novel is that in the end it slightly disappoints because it promisesthan it delivers It makes the reader fall in love with its plain but resourceful heroine Marian Halcombe, and teases us with the delightful prospect that she will become the principal agent bringing the villains to justice When, in the middle of the novel, Marian tells her half sister Laura that our endurance must end, and our resistance begin, it seems like a groundbreaking feminist principle, and a little later Collins gives us the perfect metaphor for liberation when Marian divests herself of much of her cumbersome Victorian clothing so that she may safely climb out on a roof to eavesdrop on her enemies But alas she is soaked by the rain, becomes ill, and after having been removed to the ancient Gothic wing of the estate to recuperate she returns to the plain woman s typical Victorian role of loyal sister and adoring aunt, allowing the returning hero Walter Hartwright to tie up the loose ends of the plot Nevertheless, the intricate resolution is absorbing even if the last hundred pages seem too crowded and rushed and the ending although perhaps too pat is satisfying Oh, I almost forgot to mention Count Fosco He is particularly in Marian s grudgingly admiring description one of the most fascinating and dangerous villains of all mystery fiction Beware of spoilers What I learned from this book in no particular order 1 Italians are excitable, dedicated to the opera, and most likely to be involved with organized crime.2 Beware of fat, jolly Italian counts with submissive wives and fondness of white mice and canaries.3 Watch out if your newly wed husband lives in a stately pile with an abandoned wing full of creepy Elizabethan furniture If the said ancestral house is surrounded by dark ponds and eerie woods, expect the worst.4 A Ba Beware of spoilers What I learned from this book in no particular order 1 Italians are excitable, dedicated to the opera, and most likely to be involved with organized crime.2 Beware of fat, jolly Italian counts with submissive wives and fondness of white mice and canaries.3 Watch out if your newly wed husband lives in a stately pile with an abandoned wing full of creepy Elizabethan furniture If the said ancestral house is surrounded by dark ponds and eerie woods, expect the worst.4 A Baronet is not always noble, and his impressive manor and estate might be mortgaged to the hilt Instead of being the lady of the house, you might be forced to pay HIS debts Make sure that the marriage settlement is settled in your favor before marrying.5 Never marry for convenience or enter into any legal agreement when you are a under age b sentimental and easily persuadable c prone to swooning and fainting.6 Intelligent, resourceful women are likely to be mannish, and even actually HAVE a mustache, but are strong and have good figures They can also be relied on to provide intelligent conversation when your beautiful but fragile wives are too busy swooning.7 Shutting yourself up in a medieval vestry full of combustible materials with a candle for lighting is NOT advisable Always have your minions do the dirty work.8 Being feeble in mind is enough reason to get you committed into an asylum for the mentally ill So is knowing some secret that you might accidentally blurt out to strangers.9 You CAN marry someone who is legally dead Nobody bothered to check the civil registry records in those good old days.10 A m nage a trois is fun, but you have to marry at least ONE of them first to preserve Victorian propriety.PostscriptLately, I have received several personal messages that accused me, based on point 1 in my review above, of being prejudiced toward Italians something which couldn t be further from the truth For those who hold such view, I would like to point out that my review is a parody which involves humorous, satiric or ironic imitations of the plot, characters or point of views set forth in the novel.The This is what I learned heading is a part of the whole exercise, and does not mean that I personally subscribe to the points enumerated therein Obviously, I don t believe that intelligent, resourceful women are likely to be mannish, and even actually HAVE a mustache point 6 or that being feeble in mind is enough reason to get you committed into an asylum for the mentally ill point 8 just as I don t believe that Italians are excitable, dedicated to the opera, and most likely to be involved with organized crime.I m aware that my sense of humor is not to everyone s taste, but it has never been my intention to denigrate Italians or any other ethnic groups in this review or any other review of mine DON T READ THIS BOOK, unless you ve got the patience, stamina, and requisite taste for a quintessential mid Victorian novel If you don t, you ll think The Woman in White is terribly overwrought and 500 pages too long If you like Victorian writing, you ll think this is a well drawn, balanced novel with characters to root for, characters to despise, a twisting plot that rolls up seamlessly, and narrated ingeniously from multiple points of view If you re unsure whether you like or dislike Victor DON T READ THIS BOOK, unless you ve got the patience, stamina, and requisite taste for a quintessential mid Victorian novel If you don t, you ll think The Woman in White is terribly overwrought and 500 pages too long If you like Victorian writing, you ll think this is a well drawn, balanced novel with characters to root for, characters to despise, a twisting plot that rolls up seamlessly, and narrated ingeniously from multiple points of view If you re unsure whether you like or dislike Victorian writing, this book is an outstanding introductory choice, and it s one that I recommend unreservedly, to you and to my friends Some facts in its favor it was considered the first English sensation novel of the psychological mystery genre, has been continuously in print for 150 years, has a 4 star rating from over 5700 Goodread reviews, and was written by a guy named Wilkie The most prominent, intrinsic hurdle of The Woman in White is the writing If you haven t had exposure to authors such as Charles Dickens, Henry James, Victor Hugo, the Bronte sisters, Oliver Wendell Holmes, then you haven t been tested by fire with the length and circuitousness of Victorian writing It could take a page or paragraph to describe how a character moved It s at once beautiful, savory, complete, and exact However, readers may complain that it s simply unnecessary verbiage I ll give you an example I waited where I was, to ascertain whether his object was to come to close quarters and speak, on this occasion To my surprise, he passed on rapidly, without saying a word, without even looking up in my face as he went by This was such a complete inversion of the course of proceeding which I had every reason to expect on his part, that my curiosity, or rather my suspicion, was aroused, and I determined, on my side, to keep him cautiously in view, and to discover what the business might be on which he was now employed p 503 This could be easily rewritten as I waited, but he passed me without a glance His action surprised me, so I followed him to discover what his intentions were If this was, in fact, how it was written, then the story would be 200 pages and selling as a cheap, mass market paperback best read on a beach vacation No, we read novels like The Woman in White first and foremost because of the writing the convoluted but balanced thought, the investigation of intent from multiple sides, the uber descriptive narrative that doesn t rest If your thoughts tend to regurgitate and grind on situations that occur to you throughout the day, then you understand and enjoy this type of lilting writing that revisits a topic over and over again I find myself rereading with amazement and pleasure the skill of word and sentence placement I think with a smirk what it d be like today if we talked like this to each otherMadame, may I question with all appropriate respect, c, c, if this book held betwixt my thumb and finger is, surely, the same novel as that penned by the indefatigable Wilkie Collins, esq., for if it is the veritable same, I intend with diligence, and without delay, at least delay on my part, not counting that which I may encounter on my ambulation home, to read immediately the book for which I inquire now, pray tellFantastic not my writing but the idea that we English speakers once talked like this, and could again if we read nothing but Victorian novels I d like to try a couple months with language like this around and about town today My favorite character, by a whimper, was Mr Fairlie What a pansy But, written so humorously, each time he entered a scene my reaction was, Oh geez, what ailment now Mr Hartwright was a sleuthing superstar, and since he predates Sherlock Holmes, I see a lot of similarity between the two, and can t help but wonder if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle based his character on Mr Hartwright The team of Count Fosco and Percival Glyde were deeply written and their greed, bombast, and evil were delectable to the last If anyone has read Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet, tell me if I m wrong to see a striking similarity between Follet s evil duo and Collins team of Fosco and Glyde Follet s portrayal of greed and evil fell flat, whereas Collins left you silently rooting for Fosco s escape There s a few small problems with The Woman in White, but they re perfectly Victorian, yet personal peeves For example, can a woman swoon from bad news and take months to recover Can a person die from a broken heart Small issues in a such a tightly woven story The Woman in White is a great mystery that kept me turning pages I award 5 stars to less than 10% of the books I read, and Wilkie Collins met that rarified degree 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 Miriam s diary p 258 2Human ingenuity, my friend, has hitherto only discovered two ways in which a man can manage a woman One way is to knock her down a method largely adopted by the brutal lower orders of the people, but utterly abhorrent to the refined and educated classes above them The other way much longer, muchdifficult, but, in the end, not less certain is never to accept a provocation at a woman s hands It holds with animals, it holds with children, and it holds with women, who are nothing but children grown upEvil Fosco p.327 3Where, in the history of the world, has a man of my order ever been found without a woman in the background, self immolated on the altar of his lifeEvil Fosco p 629 New words frouzy, trumpery, glutinous

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