The Moonstone

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A giant diamond stolen from India; a rakish rogue; a naive teenager and a drug-fueled scandal.
These are the leading parts that combine to make one of the greatest detective novels of all time.
'The Moonstone' by Wilkie Collins laid many of the foundations for the detective genre.
At heart, though, it is a great story.
Rachel Verinder inherits a large Indian diamond on her 18th birthday. It turns out to have been stolen from India by her corrupt uncle and is of immense religious significance.
When the diamond goes missing at Rachel's birthday party, it sparks a mystery that involves Indian jugglers, Hindu priests, an unlikely love story, betrayal, intrigue - and twists and turns to the final page.
Collins was a close friend of Charles Dickens, who serialised 'The Moonstone' in his magazine 'All the Year Round'.
In 2016 it was made into a five-part BBC TV series, starring John Thomson.
It is an example of an epistolary novel: one written as a series of documents, including letters and diary entries. Other famous examples include Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' and Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'.

William Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) was an English novelist and playwright. His most popular novels are 'The Woman in White' - adapted for stage in 2004 by Andrew Lloyd Webber and for BBC TV in 2018, starring Ben Hardy and Jessie Buckley - and 'The Moonstone'.
Collins was initially a tea merchant before his first novel 'Antonina' was published. Soon afterwards, his life was transformed by meeting and becoming friends with Charles Dickens. The great novelist became a mentor and helped him with his two classic novels.

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  • Nombre de pages

    351 Pages

  • Poids

    675 Ko

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    Entrepot Numérique

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    ebook (ePub)

Wilkie Collins

  • Naissance : 1-1-1824
  • Décès :1-1-1889 (Mort il y a 133 ans à l'âge de 65 ans)
  • Pays : Royaume Uni
  • Langue : Anglais

Né en 1824 et mort en 1889, inventeur du thriller contemporain, William Wilkie Collins influença jusqu'à Borges qui voyait en ses romans la première expression de la fiction moderne. Passé maître dans l'art de tisser des intrigues infernales, il aimait dire et montrer ce qu'il était convenu de taire et de cacher : un principe qu'il utilisa merveilleusement pour dépeindre l'hypocrisie de la haute société victorienne et de ses prétendues bonnes moeurs.