The Moonstone

The Moonstone

Book - 1998
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The Moonstone, a priceless yellow diamond, is looted from an Indian temple and maliciously bequeathed to Rachel Verinder. On her eighteenth birthday, her friend and suitor Franklin Blake brings the gift to her. That very night, it is stolen again. No one is above suspicion, as the idiosyncratic Sergeant Cuff and the Franklin piece together a puzzling series of events as mystifying as an opium dream and as deceptive as the nearby Shivering Sand. T. S. Eliot famously described THE MOONSTONE as 'the first, the longest and the best of modern English detective novels', but, as Sandra Kemp discusses in her introduction, it offers many other facets, which reveal Collins's sensibilities as untypical of his era.
Publisher: London : Penguin, 1998
ISBN: 9780140434088
0140434089
Branch Call Number: FICTION Col
Description: 528 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Kemp, Sandra

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sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Characters: 7/10
Plot: 8/10
Writing: 7/10
Now, having been written a few centuries ago, this book reads a little differently from the mysteries we're used to these days, but it holds the same intrigue and compulsion to find answers. It's strange reading a historical mystery as opposed to a mystery that was actually written in 1868 (still a few decades before Sherlock Holmes). I enjoyed the premise, though perhaps I wasn't able to theorize as much as I would with a modern-day mystery because there were some things that were common knowledge at the time that are not common knowledge to me.

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Abanks
Jul 26, 2016

A classic mystery with many surprising twists and turns. Went on a bit too long for my taste. and I did sometimes find my self more than a little exasperated with many of the narrators. At least the central mystery was compelling enough to keep me going and the ending was satisfying to me on a couple of levels.

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julia_sedai
Jul 06, 2016

This was fun to read. It's pretty hilarious. It's a mystery written from the point of view of many different characters. My favourite characters were Betteredge and Clack. I was really into it in the beginning but by the end, I was getting impatient and just wanted to know what happened. I think the author did an absolutely fantastic job of hiding what really happened. I kept thinking it was one character, and then he would completely overthrow that assumption and make you think it was someone else. I recommend this for anyone who likes classics and mystery.

athompson10 Feb 02, 2016

Classic for a reason! Great story, interesting characters, lots of twists and turns.

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KCWeimer
Feb 14, 2015

I cannot believe that, with as many books as I read (especially mysteries) that I had never read "The Moonstone." I am so glad that I have now read it. Wonderful story and fabulous characters. In addition, it has been a long time since I have read something published before the turn of the century (20th) and I had forgotten how beautiful language really can be. I can't say enough about how much I loved this book.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 06, 2015

According to T.S. Eliot, this is "The first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels." Revolving around the stolen diamond of the title, "The Moonstone" was written by Wilkie Collins, a friend of Dickens and dabbler in laudanum. For those accustomed to the faster pace and more action-packed mystery stories of today, this is a little slow and creaky, but will appeal to fans of Victorian novels. Written from several different points of view. His other major novel is "The Woman in White."

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nsystems
Nov 14, 2014

My favorite mystery.

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Katharinarosa
Feb 19, 2014

Collins' 'Armadale" is really first rate! Am now a fan!

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cbreads2009
Nov 14, 2011

wed book club

dragonsnakes Mar 07, 2011

Another classic literature title which I thorough enjoyed.

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Three different first person accounts of the theft of a precious Moonstone diamond from a country mansion.

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