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Armadale [with Biographical Introduction] [Kindle Edition]

Wilkie Collins
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A gloriously dark tale of mixed identities and the irresistible, wicked Lydia Gwilt. Forget Dallas and Eastenders, this has to be the greatest of all soap operas. Steven Isserlis, The Week


Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) is best known as the innovator of the English detective novel, whose sensational novels, plays, and short stories were hugely popular in the Victorian Era. Today, readers enjoy Collins' intricate and suspenseful plots, and his penetrating social commentary on the plight of women and domestic issues of the time. Unfortunately Collins suffered from rheumatic gout, for which he took the opiate laudanum, and which eventually led to paranoid delusions and the deterioration of his health. "Armadale" is a semi-epistolary novel that was serialized in the 1860s, published as a novel in 1866. Although the book was popular, and sold for much more than similar works of the time, it was ultimately a financial failure for Collins and his publishers. The intricate story recounts the lives and relationships of two Allan Armadales, cousins who are seemingly destined to suffer for the sins of their fathers, the villainous Lydia Gwilt, a beautiful but fortune-hungry governess, and a slew of other dramatic and entertaining characters.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1232 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 433 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1846370248
  • Verlag: (3. April 2004)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000FC1FCA
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #865.639 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fine case-study of a Victorian adventuress 29. Mai 2000
"Armadale" was published between "No Name" and "The Moonstone". It is an interesting and very well written story, about human wills against fate and against each other. As with the case of the major works of Collins, there are many themes, scenes and morales that would be selected as their favorites, by different readers. My assessment is that this fine book boils down to the story of Miss Gwilt. From the pages of her diary, you explore the mind of a sophisticated, audacious and long-suffering beauty, of magnetic attraction. It is amazing how Collins could switch personalities and have written those diary pages as if he were actually inside Miss Gwilt's mind. There are many other characters and descriptions, so realistic that you wonder if all the story really happened. And Collins' eye is so keen and his writing so effective, that in some cases even very minor characters get alive in your mind. For instance, the scene where the nurse of Mrs. Milroy (an invalid who can't leave her bed) asks for an special handkerchief of her patient, as a bribe, before opening for her an envelope adressed to other person and then close it and give it back. The operation is carried out by the nurse efficiently and silently. As those little extortions we see, with so many people! Miss Gwilt has 2 very clever allies, in different parts of the story, but they don't have strong opponents (as in "No Name", also reviewed by me). Their fight is mainly against fate and Miss Gwilt tortured soul. This is an excellent book, but not so memorable as its 3 famous brothers ("The Woman in White", "No name" and "The Moonstone") as to re-read it. I'm planning to go over those 3 master pieces again, in the near future.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Amazingly Good Read! 31. Dezember 1999
This novel is quite on par with _The Woman In White_, and I think I may even like this novel just a little bit more. I particularly like the fact that in this novel, Collins lets the villain tell a large portion of the story, making her a more sympathetic character than Count Fosco ever was. Throughout the novel, you know full-well that Lydia Gwilt is a wicked woman and that she is out to destroy Alan Armadale, but you can't help wishing her success. (The fact that Alan Armadale is a complete jerk doesn't hurt her case, either!)
Of course, the Most Sympathetic Character Award doesn't go to Lydia; it goes to the ever-suffering Ozias Midwinter. From his birth, this poor guy never gets a chance to be happy, but you'll have to read the book yourself to find out why not.
This book doesn't have the humorous, tension-easing characters of _The Moonstone_ or _The Woman In White_, but, as you might expect from Wilkie Collins, this book is fast-paced, entertaining, and an amazingly good read!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Who is Lydia Gwilt? 22. November 1997
She's the red-haired, shapely and mercurial beauty who forms one of the best character studies ever done on the dynamics of evil in nineteenth century England. In Armadale, she is the tarnished but profound heroine who remains in memory long after you put the novel to rest. Early reviews of the book were savage, decrying the voyeuristic approach of Collins in laying bare the foibles of class as well as the seedy underside of British society. Arguably the most sensational of Collins' novels, it was backed by painstaking research into the scandals and murder trials splashed across the newspapers of the day. If you're looking for attempted murder, espionage, bigamy, double identity, drug addiction, and promiscuity, you've picked up the right book. Much more than pure sensationalism, however, it scrutinizes the role of fate in determining our future, and examines the sinister effects that early decisions can have on our lives.
Although a contemporary and friend of Dickens, Collins adopted a daring and down-to-earth writing style that is much closer to the tastes of modern readers. Departing from straight narrative and dialog, he inserted letters and diary entires throughout the work, giving the reader tremendous personal insights into the leading characters. Considered by T.S. Eliot as one of the top three romances of Wilkie Collins, Armadale is one of those stories that keeps you guessing to the very end.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Prophetic dreaming? 4. Dezember 1998
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Two men one name.A murder on a ship.A will that bears all.What a dire legacy for a murderer to leave a son!A prophetic dream. Who shall pay for the crime,but the sons Armadale?Why is Miss Gwilt's past made so obscure to us? This book asks more questions than it answers.Written in a time of sexual repression and hypocritcal morality the book reflects this as a critisism.But this book is not a boring treatise on the malaise of class wars .It is a romance full of jealousies,passions,innocent love victimized,and a heroine worthy of the name Medusa.A woman of extaordinary beauty whose heart harbours a most irrational hatred of the name Armadale made unendurable by her desire of possessing it.Certainly not the shrinking violet of her time Miss Gwilt is inspiring in her evil designs. Three cheers for Mr.Collins!What an insight into the machinations of womankind.How brave of him to admit the weakness and folly of men. Throughout this mystery the pace never slows,the characters never weary,and the convouluted puzzle ravels till the end.A great winter "by the fire" read.
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