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Poor Miss Finch: Wilkie Collins [Jan. 27th, 2011|10:22 am]
Tony Grist
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. 

[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-27 08:34 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I think he's just pretending to be a Victorian.
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