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The Moonstone (1868)

por Wilkie Collins

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The Moonstone is a 19th-century novel by the master of sensation fiction, Wilkie Collins. It is considered, with The Woman in White, to be his best work, and is also commonly seen as the first English detective novel. Many of the standard ground rules for detective fiction can be found in this work, as well as examples of Collins' forward-thinking approach to the treatment of Indians and servants.

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    Dead Men Tell No Tales por E. W. Hornung (TineOliver)
    TineOliver: Both are essentially mystery novels, although Collins is both more pioneering and, in my view better written. While the two novels were published approximately 30 years apart, both are set in the mid 19th century. Reading both books allows the reader to place the works in context of other mystery novels from the 19th century. Accordingly, I am not suggesting that just because you enjoyed one means you will enjoy the other to the same extent.… (mais)
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This is an enjoyable book with perhaps a touch too many mentions of Robinson Crusoe. Its a mystery of a missing gem told through multiple narratives from different people. Just as you think he's painted himself into an impossible corner the mystery gets solved (albeit still in a vaguely implausible way!) Its quite a journey with some memorably annoying or horrific characters, and its funny as well. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Jan 28, 2024 |
Before I get to the review, I have to note that I just found out there's a BBC version of this featuring John Wise, the not-so-nice Willoughby from the 1995 version of Sense & Sensibility. Must find this! Second random note---take a minute to Google search the images for The Moonstone. Lots of different book covers---all depicting significant scenes from the book. It's one of the most varied mix of covers I've seen.

Book Description: "Alongside Edgar Allan Poe in America, Britain's Wilkie Collins stands as the inventor of the modern detective story. The Moonstone introduces all the ingredients: a homey, English country setting, and a colorfully exotic background in colonial India; the theft of a fabulous diamond from the lovely heroine; a bloody murder and a tragic suicide; a poor hero in love with the heroine but suspected of the crime, who can't remember anything about the night the jewel was stolen; a lawyer, a doctor, a sea captain, and assorted friends, relatives, and servants--all of them suspects; and, most essentially, a bumbling local policeman and a brilliant if eccentric London detective. Adding spice to the recipe are unexpected twists, a bit of dark satire, a dash of social comment, and an unusual but effective narrative structure--eleven different voices relate parts of the tale, each revealing as much about himself (and, in one case, herself) as about the mystery of the missing Moonstone. Filled with suspense, action, and romance, The Moonstone is as riveting and intoxicating today as it was when it first appeared more than a century ago."

The Moonstone is considered to be the first detective story written in English. It was just an excellent story and I really enjoyed it. It had the very best ending---ended just as it should have. The story is told from the perspective of many different narrators, an idea that initially turned me off when I read the book description. However, it starts right in being told by Betteredge, the main narrator, and captivates the reader from the very beginning. His humor and mannerisms remind me of my Dad---that's probably why he was my favorite character. I love how he talks to the reader:

"Here follows the substance of what I said, written out entirely for your benefit. Pay attention to it, or you will be all abroad, when we get deeper into the story. Clear your mind of the children, or the dinner, o the new bonnet, or what not. Try if you can't forge politics, horses, prices in the City, and grievances at the club...Haven't I seen you with the greatest authors in your hands, and don't I know how ready your attention is to wander when it's a book that asks for it, instead of a person?"

Later, Miss Clack takes over---a self-righteous, yet hilarious woman. Her "BookCrossing" escapade through Mrs. Verinder's house cracked me right up!

I do have to say that the non-smoking, opium-induced theory was a little out there, in my opinion. However, taking into consideration the time in which this was written, it probably wasn't too far of a leap for the author to take.

My favorite quote in the whole book is this: "Speaking as a servant, I am deeply indebted to you. Speaking as a man, I consider you to be a person whose head is full of maggots." Bwahahaha!! Love it! ( )
  classyhomemaker | Dec 11, 2023 |
The mystery of an Indian stone, part of a statue of a Hindu god, taken and stolen, travelled all over- and of all the people involved. It’s brilliant. Not just the stone, but the writing.
I find, as I read these old classics (Moby Dick, also for ex) that they are filled with such wit that I can’t help enjoying them madly. This story, in it characterizations, is genuinely laugh out loud funny.
There’s the fantastic Betteredge, with his firm belief in ROBINSON CRUSOE, (always referenced one ALL CAPS), to which he refers for guidance and prophesy. There’s the inimitable Miss Clack, evangelical spinster, mistress of the Mothers’-Small-Clothes-Conversion-Society, who is constantly thrusting religious tracts at people despite their lack of interest- my favourite of these was: “the Life, Letters, and Labours of Miss Jane Ann Stamper” (forty-fourth edition)- the edition number sent me into snickers imagining the endless self-examination poor Stamper must have subjected herself (and her audience) to...
The mystery itself is told by many of the characters, including a Sergeant Cuff who was most likely the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes.
Add in mysterious Indians, people in various states of nervous breakdowns, laudanum, and love, and the whole story is one big romp.
I loved it.
And true love wins in the end. Always the best.
If you haven’t read this, you really should. ( )
3 vote Dabble58 | Nov 11, 2023 |
I'm taking half a star off because I don't really like the epistolary nature of the book. I find that approach somewhat lazy. But otherwise, it is a good story despite the fact that I knew who the culprit was waaaaayyyyy before the ending. The manner in which the Moonstone was stolen was ludicrous, though. (I had expected perhaps hypnotism to be involved, but although that wasn't the case, the actuality was equally ridiculous.) If I sound somewhat churlish toward Mr. Collins's literary efforts, it is probably because some fools find him to be superior to his contemporary, Charles Dickens. I find that as laughable as parts of Mr. Collins's plot. I probably would have rated the book lower, but the character of Gabriel Betteredge was a true gem. I will give credit where credit is due. ( )
  AliceAnna | Jul 30, 2023 |
Want to rate a 4.5. What a [LONG] ride! I loved Collins‘s THE WOMAN IN WHITE, and this is his other best known work. Being a friend of Dickens, Collins serialized this book, so the more he wrote, the more he got paid. It could have been whittled down quite a bit, but part of the fun in reading Victorian literature is the fact that a lot of them are chunky! I loved the characters, the rollercoaster-ride-of-a story, and all that 19th-century British stuff EXCEPT colonialism. 😊 ( )
  crabbyabbe | Feb 19, 2023 |
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The Moonstone is a 19th-century novel by the master of sensation fiction, Wilkie Collins. It is considered, with The Woman in White, to be his best work, and is also commonly seen as the first English detective novel. Many of the standard ground rules for detective fiction can be found in this work, as well as examples of Collins' forward-thinking approach to the treatment of Indians and servants.

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