The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
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The Woman in White

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The Woman in White tells the story of Walter Hartright, a young and impoverished drawing teacher who falls in love with his aristocratic pupil, Laura Fairlie. He cannot hope to marry her, however, and she is married off against her will to a baronet, Sir Percival Glyde, who is seeking her fortune. The terms of her marriage settlement prevent Glyde accessing her money while she lives, so together with his deceptively charming and cunning friend, Count Fosco, they hatch an unscrupulous deception to do so nonetheless. In an early 19th Century version of “identity theft,” they contrive to fake Laura’s death and confine her to a mental asylum. Their plot is eventually uncovered and exposed by Hartright with the help of Laura’s resourceful half-sister, Marian Halcombe.
The Woman in White was the most popular of Wilkie Collins’ novels in the genre then known as “sensation fiction.” It has never been out of print and is frequently included in lists of the best novels of all time. Published initially in serial form in 1859–60, it achieved an early and remarkable following, probably because of the strength of its characters, in particular the smooth and charming but utterly wicked villain Count Fosco, and the intelligent and steadfast Marian Halcombe opposed to him.
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croubysnoog
croubysnoogshared an impression10 months ago
👍Worth reading

Great depiction of the victotian society and its obsessions

Claudia Rondón Bohórquez
Claudia Rondón Bohórquezshared an impression4 years ago
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I will try to convey what this book meant to me all this week long. I began to read mainly because of the cover (yes, I'm that superficial). A portrait of a victorian lady in a cover was just too much temptation. My first impressions on the book were based on false suppositions. Not being English my mother tongue and believing that the author's name was that of a female, I undertook my reading well pleased. When I first met Miss Halcombe my supposition was but confirmed. Who else but a woman would have created such a strong female character? I was wrong, and allow me to say I happily accepted it when I found out. It just makes him admire the most; being a man in victorian England (as sexist as it was) and treating women's problems as hard as they were and creating such a complex character is formidable and admirable.
Besides that, two more reasons captivated me. First, the writing games, the framed tales, the way in which something is announced but never enunciated quite soon(this works beautifully in Spanish anunciado-enunciado). Second, I could feel the tension of the mistery, my heart beating fast; I was really distressed. Every time I finished a chapter I had to beg for more, luckily I had it (not like our victorian friends :/).
This book will have you on the very edge of your feelings, your brains and your chair.

torystar15
torystar15shared an impression4 years ago
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Great story that keeps you guessing and turning pages ????????

Аяжан Елен
Аяжан Еленhas quoted4 months ago
was the last day of July. The long hot summer was drawing to a close; and we, the weary pilgrims of the London pavement, were beginning to think of the cloud-shadows on the corn-fields, and the autumn breezes on the sea-shore.
Elena Shirnina
Elena Shirninahas quoted5 months ago
How can you expect four women to dine together alone every day, and not quarrel?
b4590139185
b4590139185has quoted6 months ago
describe them in his own person.
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