Saturday, June 27, 2009
Quick Book Review - The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
What I liked: Intriguing, quick moving story. Witty, sardonic, interesting characters. Great layout in epistolary style.
What I didn't like: Typical detective novel in that I saw who-done-it but didn't see why-done-it as the withholding of critical information is integral to the story style. Also, not the novel's fault at all but this "Barnes and Noble Classics" publication is terribly cheaply constructed as the corners started to turn up almost upon my touch. Also, not the novel's fault, but a product of the time in which the author lived, but the romance between the first cousins is icky. Just icky.
So glad I picked up this Dickens' contemporary and creator of the entire detective novel genre and would definitely do so again.