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No Name: Wilkie Collins [Jan. 5th, 2011|12:03 pm]
Tony Grist
Magdalen and Norah are bastards. They don't find out until their parents die and it's too late to do anything about it and their inheritance has become forfeit to their wicked Uncle Michael. Norah dutifully submits, but spirited Magdalen, the amateur actress- sets off to win her money back in a whirlwind campaign of disguise, deceit and burglary. She is assisted in this- to her profit and our delight- by the gloriously amoral Captain Wragge- a professional conman worthy of the Dickens menagerie.  Collins tips his hat once in a while to the gods of the Victorian hearth, but he despises them really and his heart is with his lovely grifters. He is best known for The Moonstone and The Woman in White- landmarks in the development of the thriller and the detective novel- but this subversive and unclassifiable romp is even better. 
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-05 02:15 pm (UTC)
Now I want to see the BBC dramatise it.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2011-01-05 01:12 pm (UTC)
I haven't read that one. Will now do so!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-05 02:24 pm (UTC)
Excellent!
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2011-01-05 02:32 pm (UTC)
Ooo! I hadn't heard of that one. now I must go and seek it out. I loved the other Wilkie Collins novels and if this is even better...

Done! Found on Project Gutenberg and downloaded to iPod. :)

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-05 04:06 pm (UTC)
I love Project Gutenburg.
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[User Picture]From: veronikos
2011-01-05 02:33 pm (UTC)
+1 to heleninwales.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2011-01-05 08:06 pm (UTC)
She is assisted in this- to her profit and our delight- by the gloriously amoral Captain Wragge- a professional conman worthy of the Dickens menagerie.

That sounds lovely.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-05 09:52 pm (UTC)
Isn't it great when you start a book with no very great expectations and then find yourself falling in love with it!
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