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Jenny

This sounds wonderful! I've only read The Moonstone and The Woman in White, so it sounds like I've got several treats in store for me.

Melanie

No Name is a good next choice, especially if you're most interested in how Collins deals with women's issues. It has 2 wonderful female characters in it. (But so do many other of his books as well!)

cipriano

I have very much been leaning towards reading my 1946 beautiful edition of The Moonstone for some time now.
Your blog may entice me to reach for it. To finally reach for this great book.

Danielle

Jenny--Wait until you read Armadale! It is my favorite, though The Woman in White comes in a very, very close second! :)
Melanie--He does seem to have some great female characters--part of the reason I really like him. I got No Name for Christmas last year, so I think that will have to be my next Wilkie Collins. I'll save it for next year as I have Bleak House to look forward to soon and that will take me a while.
Cipriano--You are in for a treat. The Moonstone is a great read! You definitely need to pick it up soon--especially if you have a nice edition of it--that tactile quality of a nice book is part of the fun!

Victoria

What a great post! You've thoroughly inspired me to hurry The Moonstone up my TBR pile. :-) I too enjoy Collins' balanced portrayal of women. Although I've only read The Woman in White thus far, Marian Holcombe is such a strong, intriguing woman.

I find your distaste for Eustace interesting since it sounds similar to my feelings about Walter Hartright (from The Woman in White). He was just a bit too...flimsy for my liking. I wonder if all of Collins' male heroes are a little like this?

Ellen

I love this post. I enjoy Wilkie Collins' books and Victorian literature in general. Too bad so many great Victorian novels are out of print. A big cheer for websites such as project Gutenberg, where I found quite a lot of novels I'd heard about but could not find in the book shops. They have several books by Wilkie Collins on-line as well. Why don't more of these novels get reprinted. I'm sure there's a market for them, I know lots of readers who enjoy them.

JoAnn

Your post has convinced me it's time to read more Wilkie Collins! The Moonstone was fantastic...and I've got The Woman in White right here on the shelf.

Tara

This sounds teriffic! I selfishly hope that you'll read No Name next. It's been sitting on my shelves for a few years now.

iliana

Congratulations on completing your challenge Danielle! I have been meaning to read Wilkie Collins for years now and still haven't gotten to. I do have a couple of his books just waiting on my shelves though :)

litlove

You can enjoy what you like, Danielle, and no silly critic should ever be given permission to tell you otherwise. I love the way you describe this book - it sounds wonderful! I never read enough 19th century literature, I'm ashamed to say, but this sounds very appealing indeed.

Dorothy W.

Very interesting. I like what you say about how Collins portrays women. I'm enjoying Trollope right now, but I'm not entirely sure I like what he is saying about women and relationships. I love the fact that this book has a female sleuth!

Danielle

Victoria--The Moonstone is great, but I think I like both The Woman in White and Armadale a touch more (though I think The Moonstone is considered his masterpiece?). So far I've liked all his female characters (even the villainesses) slightly more than the male characters. And I never understood why Walter didn't choose Marian when she was so much more suited to him intellectually (I guess men don't generally choose their significant others that way?). I think many of his male characters do verge on being wishy washy (why I prefer Wilkie Collins over Dickens I think--but I probably haven't read enough of both to judge).
Ellen--I agree--too many books are not available and for once I am thankful for online reading! Project Gutenberg is great, and I found a list of Collins's work via an Australian site (their version of Project G.)--and sometimes the formatting is much nicer than the US version.
JoAnn--Move it up in line--The Woman in White is a great read--especially if you liked The Moonstone!
Tara--I think that is the one I will read next, though it probably won't be before the end of this year (then again you never know!). I have perhaps three other novels by him on hand and a book published by Hesperus Press with short stories (or a novella I think actually). It's a heft book, though, isn't it?!
Iliana--Yay--I've actually finished a challenge! :) And you really have to read something by Wilkie Collins--I think you'll like him when you get around to him!
Litlove--Whenever I read something about Wilkie that a critic says (that I don't like) I have to roll my eyeballs! I guess I'm not so concerned with breaking apart a novel--I just want to enjoy it (yet still get something more out of it, if I can). And I love 19th C. literature and could pretty happily read lots and lots of it. My week point is modern lit, which I know you read a lot of and am always tempted by the books you write about!
Dorothy--I've read in more than one place that he was more sensitive to a woman's plight than other authors of the time and it obviously had an effect on what and how he wrote. It would be interesting to compare him to Trollope who must have been a contemporary (?). I can see how Dickens compares, but I've not yet read a thing by Trollope. I wonder if most male authors of this time weren't quite so sympathetic with their female characters?

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