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MOONSTONE, THE (CLASSICS FOR TODAY S)
MOONSTONE THE - CLASSICS FOR TODAY S
Author: WILKIE COLLINS
ISBN-13: 9780001845220
ISBN-10: 0001845225
Pages: 192
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Publisher: COLLINS
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed MOONSTONE, THE (CLASSICS FOR TODAY S) on + 34 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I don't re-read many books, but over the years I keep going back to this one ... and it's a good sized book!
The lovely Moonstone has a curse on it, that dooms each owner. It's passed from hand to hand for different reasons ... sometimes as revenge with a hope the curse will "get" the next owner! There are turbaned Indians creeping around corners, in through the windows, who knows where next, trying to recover their sacred stone. Meanwhile, people who are at first thrilled to own this beautiful gem suddenly find themselves in the midst of a nightmare. The mystery rolls along pulling you in ... just my kind of a great read. Enjoy!
reviewed MOONSTONE, THE (CLASSICS FOR TODAY S) on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I read this for a book group who's objective was to read mysteries. This was their first choice, as it is heralded as the first 'who done it' written. It is filled with unique characters who you very much get to know.
Several members of the group were put off by the Victorian language and style, sometime with explanations that go on a unnecessary length and are a bit flowery. I however was a fan. Collins was a contemporary of Charles Dickens and there a similarities in the writing style.
A very engaging story, with twists and turns of plot. Characters who are distinct and interesting.
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Helpful Score: 2
Considered to be one of the first mystery novels, The Moonstone is a story about war, theft, murder, suicide, love and even drug use. Incredibly compelling, the story is told by several narrators, through letters, journal entries, and first person accounts. The mystery unfolds both to the main characters and the reader simultaneously. Very well written, its a story that will keep you involved from beginning to end.
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On the surface, this classic mystery novel about a missing gemstone doesn't seem all that interesting. But don't let those assumptions fool you. T.S. Eliot knew what he was talking about when he called The Moonstone, "The first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels."

It would seem impossible to make a Sherlock Holmes type of mystery last for upwards of 500 pages without the story becoming tedious and without the readers crying for it to hurry up and end already, but somehow The Moonstone pulls this off brilliantly.

The entire book is a fluid exchange of events and clues that are never stagnant and serve to keep the reader engaged, entertained, and (in my case at least) totally surprised once everything manages to unfold. There is so much in this book that I did not see coming, and I devoured the ending with surprise and wonder as I was let in on the last big secret and was finally allowed to say, "So THAT'S who did it!"

In a historical context, it was interesting to see the parallel drawn between The Moonstone (published 1868) and the protracted case of the Road Hill Murders in 1860 that launched an all-consuming 'detective fever' within the collective English consciousness. The novel's plot is obviously inspired by real life events, and the novel's Sargeant Cuff is an fitting homage to the real life Scotland Yard detective, Jonathan Whicher, who was in charge of the Road Hill investigation.

This is an incredibly entertaining and satisfying adventure. It is very well written, well thought out, and will truly leave you guessing until the very end. This book is truly a classic and it is more than deserving of such a distinction.
reviewed MOONSTONE, THE (CLASSICS FOR TODAY S) on + 902 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
On the surface, this classic mystery novel about a missing gemstone doesn't seem all that interesting. But don't let those assumptions fool you. T.S. Eliot knew what he was talking about when he called The Moonstone, "The first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels."

It would seem impossible to make a Sherlock Holmes type of mystery last for upwards of 500 pages without the story becoming tedious and without the readers crying for it to hurry up and end already, but somehow The Moonstone pulls this off brilliantly.

The entire book is a fluid exchange of events and clues that are never stagnant and serve to keep the reader engaged, entertained, and (in my case at least) totally surprised once everything manages to unfold. There is so much in this book that I did not see coming, and I devoured the ending with surprise and wonder as I was let in on the last big secret and was finally allowed to say, "So THAT'S who did it!"

In a historical context, it was interesting to see the parallel drawn between The Moonstone (published 1868) and the protracted case of the Road Hill Murders in 1860 that launched an all-consuming 'detective fever' within the collective English consciousness. The novel's plot is obviously inspired by real life events, and the novel's Sargeant Cuff is an fitting homage to the real life Scotland Yard detective, Jonathan Whicher, who was in charge of the Road Hill investigation.

This is an incredibly entertaining and satisfying adventure. It is very well written, well thought out, and will truly leave you guessing until the very end. This book is truly a classic and it is more than deserving of such a distinction.
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