Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
poliphilo

Poor Miss Finch: Wilkie Collins

The narrator is the widow of a South American revolutionary, the heroine is blind, the hero and villain (but which is which?) are a pair of twins- one of whom has a blue (literally blue) face. Supporting characters include an eccentric German doctor with a thing for mayonnaise and a venal priest with fourteen children. Everything about this novel is extreme and extravagant and funny peculiar. 
 
Did Wilkie lose it after The Moonstone? No he didn't. Poor Miss Finch - a fairy story pretending to be conventional three-decker Victorian novel- is the work of a man who has achieved a kind of perfection (The Moonstone is very nearly a perfect book) and is now letting rip and doing exactly as he pleases. Magic realism starts here. 
Subscribe

Recent Posts from This Journal

  • The American Friend

    Wenders didn't like the title Ripley's Game and ditched it. I don't know why. In fact it seems a little perverse. Because if ever…

  • Re False Alarm

    The local online newsletter confirms that there have been fuel shortages in the Tunbridge Wells area- and some filling stations are out of juice.…

  • Alice In The Cities

    I never latched onto Wim Wenders. He came on the scene at a time when I was busy getting my career and first marriage under way and was less open…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 4 comments