The Woman in White

The Woman in White

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The Woman in White is credited with being the first of the sensation novels, and one of the finest examples of the genre. A young woman's husband defrauds her of her fortune, her identity and eventually her sanity. She is saved by her sister and a loyal man who loves her, and her two rescuers attempt to expose her husband. They meet a woman dressed all in white whose fate seems curiously intertwined with that of the young woman. In the tradition of the sensation novel, the story contravenes boundaries of class, identity and the private and public spheres.

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Apr 19, 2021

One has to be into the Dickensian writing style of lengthy descriptions, heart-on-sleeve emotions, vague allusions to inappropriate actions, and complex family relationships to enjoy this 600+ page novel. I struggled through 175 pages before loosing the thread of the plot - and gave up.

Jun 17, 2020

Lots of excellent comments by people who did read (or listened to) this VERY long tale (about 1200 pages) which captivates by its suspense (one roots for the good guys), the richness of detail in its characters, the exposition of a society which is very British and very 19th century, with its strengths, prejudices and stereotypes. A wonderful read. And thanks for the suggestion of reading about the author in Wikipedia.

May 14, 2020

I put more than 7 hours listening to this book and finally gave up. It was simply too slow and adjures to follow.

Jan 11, 2020

Good. The Moonstone was better, but this is still good.

Mar 26, 2019

Gripping mystery drama written in 1860 when there were no telephones (at all) and people had to walk, ride horses/carriages or trains to get around England. Letter writing by post or messenger was the only communication, and one wonders how Collins' book would have been different had modern modes of communication & transportation existed back then. Mysterious Woman in White meets the main male protagonist on a road at night, and a lot of coincidences make this a hard to put down book, with tragedy and hope intertwined. I was impressed with the complicated plot and family relationships.

Oct 30, 2017

If you are looking to try a classic, this is a good place to start. It is a very readable and entertaining mystery with some great characters.

Mar 28, 2017

Hooked me as a teenager.

Nov 14, 2016

I love mysteries and why it took me so long to read this classic is my mistake. The twists and turns in this 19th century mystery are many. As a 21st century woman I struggled with the concept of how little control women had over their lives and financial security. Wilkie is adept at weaving the concept of men controlling women’s lives adeptly into this mystery.

Apr 24, 2016

An exceptional mystery - full of twists and turns!

Mar 11, 2016

A real delight. The cast does a very good job, not just in their narrated character but in a reasonable consistency of the other characters they have to portray in conversations. Glen McCready narrates Walter Hartright’s sections well but it’s the other characters he portrays that bring things to life. I was hooked as soon as he exaggerated Professor Pesca’s Italian roots in his language (despite being described as “a perfect Englishman in his language”). The star of the show, as he is in the book, is Count Fosco despite his limited direct appearance. The other readers take pains to emphasize the slimy and self-inflated character, although it’s the conversations with his pets that I’ll probably remember most. Not a dull moment in the twenty-eight hours--a showcase for a perfect match between novel and medium.

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