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Armadale epub

by Wilkie Collins


Armadale epub

ISBN: 1163328650

ISBN13: 978-1163328651

Author: Wilkie Collins

Category: Other

Subcategory: Humanities

Language: English

Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2010)

Pages: 674 pages

ePUB book: 1710 kb

FB2 book: 1431 kb

Rating: 4.2

Votes: 378

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WILKIE COLLINS was born in London in 1824, the eldest son of the landscape painter William Collins.

WILKIE COLLINS was born in London in 1824, the eldest son of the landscape painter William Collins. In 1846, having spent five years in the tea business, he was entered to read for the bar at Lincoln’s Inn, where he gained the legal knowledge that was to give him much material for his writing. From the early 1850s, he was a friend of Charles Dickens, acting with him, contributing to Household Words, travelling with him on the Continent. Dickens produced and acted in two melodramas written by Collins, The Lighthouse (1855) and The Frozen Deep (1857).

Those books mark the next change in my life – and the last, before I took the usher’s place at the school. My term of imprisonment was not a long one. Perhaps my youth pleaded for me; perhaps the Bristol magistrates took into consideration the time I had passed in irons on board ship. My future relations with Mr Armadale are still left undecided; and the serious question raised by my father’s letter is a question which we have neither of us faced ye. He paused and looked with a momentary impatience at the candle still burn. ing on the table, in the morning light.

Wilkie Collins was not, however, a man to be satisfied with one woman. In 1864 (as Clarke reckons) he met the simple Norfolk girl Martha Rudd (the meeting may be recalled in the Hurle Mere passage of Armadale, Book the Third, Chapters VIII–IX). Martha was just nineteen and very unworldly. Eventually (probably in 1867, a year after completing Armadale), Wilkie persuaded her to come to London. In a second household where he reigned as another paterfamilias, she bore him three children. He never made her an honest woman.

Armadale is a novel by Wilkie Collins, first published in 1864–66. It is the third of his four 'great novels' of the 1860s: after The Woman in White (1859–60) and No Name (1862), and before The Moonstone (1868).

Having greatly enjoyed Wilkie Collins’ novels The Woman in White and The Moonstone, I turned to Armadale with great anticipation, and baggy and imperfect as it is, it did not disappoint. A more convoluted plot would be difficult to imagine. Allan Armadale disinherits his son, Allan Armadale, leaving his fortune to his nephew on the condition that said nephew changes his name to, you guessed it, Allan Armadale.

Wilkie (William) Collins (1824-89) was a hugely successful and popular crime, mystery and suspense writer. He wrote the first full-length detective novels in English and set a mould for the genre as shown in The Moonstone and "The Woman in White. John Sutherland is the Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London and wrote the introduction to Chekhov’s The Shooting Party for Penguin Classics.

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Armadale" by Wilkie Collins is a 19th-century semi-epistolary novel. Some chapters consist of letters between the various characters, while other chapters record the events as the characters perceive them.

yet I was so eager to learn more of the odious Lydia Gwilt, the first femme fatale in literature.

Пользовательский отзыв - wisewoman - LibraryThing. yet I was so eager to learn more of the odious Lydia Gwilt, the first femme fatale in literature.

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Armadale succeeds as being another classic novel and deserves a five star rating. Since our story revolves around two gentlemen with the same name a little warning is due which can be somewhat confusing especially if you put the book down for a day or so. Simply read a summary which will bring you back in and clear up any misdirection. Collins is a master of creating so much intrigue that you can easily get off track. Whatever, don't let this keep you from reading it. You will hate the villain, Lydia Gwilt, who is entwined with both Armadale's, and sympathetic with the beloved gentlemen with the same name. How they obtained their names and the consequences of this is essence of the book. It will be hard for you to put the book down, but fortunately it is long enough to keep you in suspense for awhile.
This story, written over l65 years ago, is the tale of the ultimate gold digger, willing to sacrifice all to her schemes. It is long, and uses cliff hanger chapter endings to keep you reading. Every writer of serialized TV scripts should pay homage to Wilkie Collins, whose work was serialized in newspapers over an eighteen month cycle, and whose style created the modern script. His themes are always large: honor, property, titles, wealth, evil plottings, love, marriage, and English history. He was quite radical for his time, critical of all that Victorian England held dear. His schemers are all working within the confines of Victorian mores, and whether women plotting marriages to seize wealth, con men posing as nobelmen with the same goal, or the plunder of the British Empire, he plots their courses with wonderful twists and style. If you are in need of some inexpensive time traveling mystery tours, try Wilkie Collins. Masterpiece Theater should try for new or revised versions of these convoluted tales.
For someone who doesn't like modern detective stories, it's a miracle (even to myself) that I LOVE Willkie Collins' stories. And this one is the most complex that I've read so far! Page after page, the story twists & turns & it becomes impossible to guess where the story is headed next. But turn the next page & it all becomes logical - until "something" changes everything & we're off in another direction. Is it supernatural? Of course not - Collins always has reason & logic in his plots. If it isn't supernatural, is it simple fate? That can' be either because Collins' books all follow characters facing difficult decisions with some choosing right & some choosing wrong. And the ending - my next hobby after reading is opera & I said neither "Carmen" nor "Tosca" nor any other opera ending at a dramatic peak surpasses this ending.
If, in addition to a compelling story, you enjoy the process of reading and appreciate exceptional prose, you will enjoy this book. The story unfolds and is told in a multitude of layers which enable the reader to have a clear understanding of the character and motives of the main protagonist, Miss Gwilt, despite the complexity of the story. I wondered, at several points, how the author actually conceived the structure of the tale.
It must be understood, and kept in mind, that the time frame is taking place almost 150 years ago. This is reflected in many ways, including the speech patterns, modes of transportation, legal and medical practices and living accommodations of the characters.
Being among the first novels of its kind in literary history, and this author being the first, or among the first, to stick his toes in this particular pond, it is not a stretch to suggest that he, and it, influenced all that have followed and that alone is testimony of its' merit and what you have to look forward to if you're so inclined.
I am so surprised that this seems to be one of WC's best known & best loved books?! At points in the story, I was about to scream "out with it already"! There was one sentence that nearly took up a whole page ... sigh. ???? I find some of his less popular & seldom read books far superior! All I can surmise is that this story having been written in periodical installment style translates rather oddly to book form. Still looking forward to more good reads from WC. ????