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Publisher: Penguin Classics
Page Count: 490
Fiction Genre: Mystery, Classic
Dares Read: May 10-17, 2015
'In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop... There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth, stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white'
The Woman in White famously opens with Walter Hartright's eerie encounter on a moonlit London road. Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter becomes embroiled in the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his 'charming' friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for white mice, vanilla bonbons, and poison. Pursuing questions of identity and insanity along the paths and corridors of English country houses and the madhouse, The Woman in White is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism.
Matthew Sweet's introduction explores the phenomenon of Victorian 'sensation' fiction, and discusses Wilkie Collins's biographical and societal influences. Included in this edition are appendices on theatrical adaptations of the novel and its serialisation history.
I know I'm in the minority here, but this book was a difficult read. I struggled to find any enjoyability in it whatsoever. It is a true Victorian novel. It's dry and just keeps going on and on and on. I wasn't sure it would ever end. It was such a struggle to keep reading at times that at times I nearly DNFed this one. I'm glad I worked my way through it and finished it, but there is no way I could ever pick it up again, nor could I recommend it to anyone else.
2 out of 5 stars