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The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins

moonstoneTitle: The Moonstone

Author: Wilkie Collins

Date Finished: 26/10/13

Re-Read? : First time read

Challenges? : The Classics Club

Overall: 5/5 – absolutely fantastic

This book was my Classics Club spin book for September 2013…as you can see, I definitely didn’t finish it in time but I loved it all the same.  The return to school has been absolutely manic for me: I have applied to university, written my extended project essay, done numerous speeches and functions as Head Boy and also tried to maintain some kind of social life!  With all this busy-ness I have had next to no time to read and managed only a few pages in bed every day.  If I had had more time, I would’ve definitely finished The Moonstone in September!

The story definitely resembles a Sherlock Holmes type mystery but I love the way the plot thickens and thickens until really we have absolutely no idea who the culprit could be.  We are slowly allowed to find out various details but the suspense and drama is spread out superbly throughout the relatively long novel.  I was totally engrossed in the story and I was literally guessing the whole time!  When the truth finally came out, I was amazed!

The characters are really memorable too, especially as most of them are suspects at least once during the book, so you have chance to really try and analyse each and every one of them.  You have got to love Betteredge and Sgt. Cuff and all the other characters are still sharp in my mind as well.

The various settings are reinforced by the different narrators, which gives personality to the places where the story unfolds and is quite refreshing really, as 600+ pages is quite long for one mystery to take.  I liked the way each narrator had a slightly different tone and manner and the way they broke up the story was great.  Collins’ writing in this novel is really brilliant…I never once anticipated giving this 5/5 – I was quite nervous to read it, as it looked so long!  For a book serialised in 1868, it is extremely readable and I definitely recommend it to everyone!!

Every week, The Broke and The Bookish poses a category for book bloggers to post their ‘Top Ten’ in that week’

This week is a free week for us to decide on a category for ourselves.  I saw that Jillian had picked the top 10 books she was looking forward to reading from The Classics Club and I thought this was a great idea, so I have ‘borrowed’ it!

For my full Classics Club list and details about the challenge, click here.

  1. Villette – Charlotte Brontë:  I am most looking forward to this because everything I’ve heard about it suggests I will love it – I loved Jane Eyre, really enjoyed Wuthering Heights and people have said it’s ‘full of French’ which is a language that I love!
  2. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens:  I have been looking forward to re-reading this for a long time, as I didn’t really get it the first time (I was too young).  On top of that, I bought a stunning edition the other day (a new Penguin English Library edition!) so I can’t wait to get into it.
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee:  This is (possibly) my favourite book of all time so I can’t wait to read it again and see if I enjoy it even more (or maybe less).
  4. King Lear – William Shakespeare:  I saw this play at the Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol in February and it was absolutely amazing.  I really loved reading Much Ado About Nothing, so I am anticipating my next dose of Shakespeare.
  5.  The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins:  I don’t seem to have read a negative word about Collins recently and it’s so exciting to get into a new author – especially if there is a great mystery to look forward to!
  6. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons:  Again, I am going by recommendation – I have heard this book is hilarious.  It is not too long, hopefully not too hard to read and I have a feeling it will be a pleasure to read.
  7. Middlemarch – George Eliot:  I am just as scared of reading this mammoth volume as I am excited!  It is so long I might have to stagger reading it through the summer, although I did plan to do that with David Copperfield and loved it so much I just powered through!  I am excited about getting into a new author and considering it is number 1 on Daily Telegraph’s list of ‘100 novels everyone should read’, I have great expectations for it (see what I did there?!).
  8. Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens :  As I’ve already mentioned, I loved David Copperfield so can’t wait to get stuck into another massive Dickens!  This one is meant to be quite funny too (I think?) so I should enjoy it.
  9. Suite Française – Irène Némirovsky:  This book is all about Nazi occupied France and I think I’ll find it really interesting.  Also, I bought a lovely edition (Vintage 21) in Vienna so it looks amazing on my shelf!
  10. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen:   I recently read Emma and really enjoyed it, so I am looking forward to getting stuck into some more Austen – I have bought Pride and Prejudice and plan to read it next Christmastime.  Also, I will finally be able to say I have read this iconic book!