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The Moonstone: Wilkie Collins [Jan. 12th, 2011|11:51 am]
Tony Grist
T.S. Eliot called The Moonstone the first and greatest of English detective novels. I've held that statement up to the light and looked at it from every angle- and actually I don't see what's wrong with it. If there are earlier examples they've fallen into obscurity and if there are greater examples I don't know what they are.  It's the liveliest and most thoroughly entertaining of the four Collins novels I've read, though not perhaps the best. The best is No Name.   As always with Collins there's a lot of subversion going on and (something for which he doesn't get enough credit) plenty of delightful social comedy.  It may also be the first English novel of any substance to suggest that Empire equals theft. 

[User Picture]From: dakegra
2011-01-12 01:23 pm (UTC)
and thanks to the Kindle app on my phone, coupled with Amazon's decision to offer classics for free, I can read it almost immediately.

Added to my list, once I've finished Richmal Crompton's William stories...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-12 02:02 pm (UTC)
Very good!

I love William!
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[User Picture]From: dakegra
2011-01-12 02:08 pm (UTC)
Did you see any of the adaptations that were on over christmas? I was quite taken with them, having heard of (but not read any) Just William before.

That said, the books are an order of magnitude superior.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-12 03:07 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid I missed those. Apparently the kid who plays William is pretty good. I remember an 1970s adaption which had some useless child actor as William and Bonnie Langford (who is an acquired taste but not useless) as Violet Elizabeth.
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