Monday, May 9, 2011
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
You gotta love those Victorians, though, with their way of saying things like, 'He answered in the negative,' instead of 'No.' And their view of women as being delicate, emotional creatures on the one hand, but formidable verbal opponents on the other. 'No sensible man ever engages, unprepared, in a fencing match of words with a woman.' pg142 Ha! That loquacity is just so charming, isn't it?
There was a great buildup of mystery and characters in the first half, followed by a Twist and a Reveal where I would have been perfectly happy for it to end. But, alas, twas not to be so. The concluding three hundred pages were all just a deconstruction of the preceding story - and IMHO just TMI.
Victorian Literature Challenge - check
Gothic Reading Challenge - check