Reviews of Woman in White, the (1860)
Wilkie Collins's "The Woman in White" is easily one of the most gripping books I have ever read. Perhaps the charm of the book is that it has many levels, to name a few:
- Mystery. The book grips you from the first to the last page, wondering what will happen next and what Anne's secret is. It's not a usual one, and cannot be seen from miles away too.
- A love story. The love story between Walter Harthwright and Laura Fairly can easily rival classics such as "Wuthering heights".
- An indirect social criticism. The presence of a character such as Marian clearly shows that Collins supported women's rights and did not approve of the society model then.
- A gothic novel. It has all the features of one, and people who like this genre will surely not be disappointed.
The characters are interesting and unique, from the vigorous Marian and bashful Laura to the "Napoleon of crime", ount Fosco.
"The Woman in White" is likely to appeal to anyone, and although it is not Wilkie Collins's best known novel(which would be "The Moonstone"), it certainly is his best. Highly recommended, 10/10
Review by lozzina (2004-07-18)
please read this book...its amazing. As it was written at the same time as Dickens, my expectations were'nt too high (im not a particular fan of Dickens) but this book is really really good. It IS slow for the first half, but keep t it and suddenly the pace picks up, the twists keep on coming, and you wonder why you hadn't read it before. Highly recommended!