The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

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Read The Woman in White Online Free - '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 realism.

Matthew 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.

Title : The Woman in White
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ISBN : 0141439610
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 672 pages


Bill rated it ★★★★★

December 06, 2017

The only real flaw in this densely plotted page-turner of a novel is that in the end it slightly disappoints because it promises more than 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...

Grace rated it ★★★☆☆

August 06, 2012

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 yo...

Jason rated it ★★★★★

February 20, 2016

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 nov...

Jeffrey rated it ★★★★★

October 15, 2017

“This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve.” Walter Hartright, his name is a tip off regarding his character, is walking down the street, his mind absorbed with his own problems, when suddenly: ”In one moment, every drop of blood in my body w...

Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ rated it ★★★★☆

October 09, 2017

"Why are we to stop her, sir? What has she done?" "Done! She has escaped from my Asylum. Don't forget: a woman in white. Drive on." I loved, loved, loved the first bits of the book! Oh yeah, there will be SPOILERS so stop right there! . . . I loved Walter! I thought he was going to be in the whole...

karen rated it ★★★☆☆

January 14, 2012

this is a weighty relic of a book. it's pretty enjoyable, just don't expect any surprises, unless you have missed the last 20 years of police procedurals on the television set. i'm sure in its day it was chock full of surprises, but i have to shudder at the contrivance of characters talking aloud...

Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ rated it ★★★★☆

October 26, 2017

"I am thinking," he remarked quietly, "whether I shall add to the disorder in this room by scattering your brains about the fireplace."Written in 1859-60 by William "Wilkie" Collins and originally published in serial form in Charles Dickens' magazine (Wilkie and Charles were good friends), The Wo...

Fabian rated it ★★★★☆

October 02, 2017

This is an obvious precursor to myriad crime dramas & the "sensationalist novel." I found it long but very rewarding. 600+ pages of different POV's (a novel concept then, but now widely utilized); two concrete settings; only five main characters (perhaps not more than 15 in all)... and it is a...

Dem rated it ★★★★★

April 09, 2017

What took me so long to read this wonderful suspenseful and well written classic? I rarely read mysteries and I was really surprised to find that a book first published in 1859 could be so chilling and mysterious and be as fresh and exciting today as it was in 1859 I started reading the book as...

Jeff rated it ★★★★☆

August 26, 2016

A buddy read on the side with the Non-crunchers – hold the pants. Hark! This book is over 150 years old, but, still, spoilers be us. - Selling English by the pound. This book has a lot going for it – a well-wrought plot, humor, some of literatures more enduring characters (Marian, Fosco, crazy Uncle...

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