The Moonstone [NOOK Book]

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Written by Wilkie Collins in 1868, "The Moonstone" is set in Seringapatam, India in 1799. A violent, cruel man named John Hercastle has stolen the large sacred Hindu yellow diamond called the Moonstone. Years before, the diamond has been taken off of the forehead of the Moon-God in a Brahman shrine.

Many years later, back in Britain, Hercastle gives the diamond to a young Englishwoman named Rachel Verinder on the day of her eighteenth ...
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The Moonstone

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Overview

Written by Wilkie Collins in 1868, "The Moonstone" is set in Seringapatam, India in 1799. A violent, cruel man named John Hercastle has stolen the large sacred Hindu yellow diamond called the Moonstone. Years before, the diamond has been taken off of the forehead of the Moon-God in a Brahman shrine.

Many years later, back in Britain, Hercastle gives the diamond to a young Englishwoman named Rachel Verinder on the day of her eighteenth birthday. Rachel wears the diamond at the party for all to see. That night, the diamond is stolen from her room. Thus begins the saga of The Moonstone and all of the turmoil, unhappiness, misunderstandings and bad luck that it brings.

"The Moonstone" is widely regarded as the precursor to modern mystery and suspense novels. T.S. Eliot called it "the first, the longest and the best of modern English detective novels." Dorothy L. Sayers said it is "Probably the very finest detective story ever written."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012380081
  • Publisher: Timeless Classic Books
  • Publication date: 4/4/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 415 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    Collins hasn't let me down yet

    I started reading this story about a month and a half ago. For the first 40 pages, I wasn't sure if I could stay interested in the first narrator's tale. But as the story went on, I realized that everything he was saying was key to the mystery. I could hardly put it down even when my eyelids started to droop uncontrollably at night. I was relieved to get sick over the weekend and decided to devour the last half of the book on a Sunday afternoon. It was soooo good, that I even forsook my favorite TV program to finish it. I was BLOWN away by all the events. They got better and better and built up to an amazing finale. The only narrator who annoyed the socks off of me was Miss Clack. But then again, everything she told was key to the story. I was amazed at how each narrator had a voice of their own even though it was all written by ONE person. And when certain evidence was revealed, I gasped from shock as though I was seeing the whole thing with my own eyes. By far, the most incredible, captivating mystery I've ever read. I don't care what anyone else says. The change in narrators keeps you from getting bored with the writing style and I will recommend it to ANYONE and EVERYONE who truly appreciates British literature. Thanks to this book, I'm now going to pursue the rest of his works.

    16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2010

    My own personnel Moonstone is....THIS AWESOME BOOK!!!

    O My Gosh. You just love the narrators in the story. Especially sweet, sweet Betteredge!! At first in the mystery i started to hate Lady Verinder and thought that Sergeant Cuff was figuring out the mystery when BAM!!! Sergeant Cuff, the GREAT Sergeant Cuff, had it all wrong!!! It made you want to read on and on and on! But at the same time if you had to stop reading you sort of could-like even though it was soooo annoying as to find it all out you weren't always thinking about it once you had to stop reading it. And then only to think that the actual person who had stolen it was that certain person(totally can't say who!) was astounding!! I mean, they mentioned suspicions towards the person and i myself had had some too but not strong ones so it was it was still sort of hard to believe, and not only that but the person in which the stone was passed onto was also unexpected--and that person's true character was yet also surprising!Gosh, i LOVE THIS BOOK. And heck yeah!!! You better darn read it!! This book is my wonderful treasure---My Moonstone!!

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Well Written

    This was a very entertaining book and despite how long ago it was written seemed more modern at times than it actually is. The book is written in a series of letters that give each character's viewpoint of the story and how it progressed concerning the Moonstone. I only found one character's account a bit trying but I think that was the point as she was a most pompous and sanctimonious individual. Well written.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2011

    Great Classic Mystery

    I love this book! This is a really great story told from several different viewpoints which makes it more interesting. Fans of Victorian literature will not be disappointed!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Not a page turner....

    Moonstone is a long and very well written and presented detective mystery which failed to engage me very much: A well written tale about people who are all decidedly uninteresting.

    I could have put Moonstone down at any given point and not thought about it further. Collins's Moonstone lacks both the genius, flare and humor of Dickens and the warm, personal and utterly engaging style of Conan-Doyle's Holmes stories.

    Consider the three stars "Style Points".

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Not bad!

    I love novels from this era, but at points it was difficult to keep reading. I had to remind myself that Collins is the godfather of mystery crime novels and they have come a long way since this one! Knowing that about this story gives you great appreciation for his skill and inspiration this has given others to push the envelope a little farther.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    The Genesis of Mystery

    The Moonstone is dated. That's not surprising; it was written over a hundred years ago. But this is the father of all mystery novels, so there's no better place to start than here. A classic, and one every mystery fan should read.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2010

    Moonstone

    Reading this mystery was a pleasant surprise. The plot had all the undertones of England in transition. The characters were unforgetable. The B&N presentation was excellent.
    Thank you very much for offering this very enjoyable and quick reading novel.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Poor quality edition

    More typos than you can imagine. Some clearly automated this job and never proofread the results.
    Fantastic book, though. Worth finding a readable edition.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Great read! Highly recommend!

    I was looking for a great summer read to "take me away" and make me think of something other than my complicated life this summer. After having enjoyed this kind of distraction while reading "The Woman in White" I went in search of another Collins book. This was the second of his books that I have read, and I have to say it was just what I needed!

    I love Collins' writing style. This book, as was The Woman in White, was narrated from several different perspectives, each written by different characters. I marvel at the author's ability to write each narrative with such different personalities...I began to believe that each was written by a different person! And each is written in so likeable a style that I dreaded the end, thinking, "surely, I wont like the next character's narrative as well as this one." Yet within a page or two I was once again drawn in and connecting to the new voice.

    This is a 415 page book, and on at least 4 occasions the conclusion seemed so near I couldn't fathom what the author was going to do with the rest of the pages. This was the result of each narrator telling the story from his or her perspective nearly to its conclusion, then handing the pen off to the next narrator, to start at his or her own beginning and do the same. The resulting story had me on the edge of my seat, confident I had figured out "who done it" and speed reading to see if I was right! I spent numerous nights reading past my bedtime, and allowed myself to read away more daytime hours than is respectable, all in the hopes of proving myself a cunning detective, able to outsmart the author! (An honest report would indicate that was right, sort of, and wrong, sort of, more than a few times over the course of reading this book!) And I am glad, now that I have finished it, that I had the foresight to grab a couple of his other works, which are now at the ready to fill the time void left by finishing this one!

    As to the quality if the ebook itself, I think nearly every page had at least one OCR error on it, but the errors were rather consistant, and it didn't take me long to figure out the correct text. Most of the time I just read right through them without hesitation. And since I didn't pay for this copy, I suppose I should't be too upset by a few errors.

    Dont hesitate to grab up this ebook and get to reading!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2015

    So dated it is back in style and lots of text for your money

    Not a quick read but when a days pay was a dollar that would be at ten an hour today 80 dollars minus irs and ss per book. read in good health a keeper buska

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2014

    Nt Don't get!

    Not even worth ine star. It was so confusing because there were soooo many typos that I couldn't even understand what was trying to be said. But I did give up very quikly. I don't know if it got easier to read or not.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    To host

    Yea and pigs fly. I dont believe that anyone and especially you can see into the ROLEPLAYING future and see what at least FIFTY RPERS are roleplaying at once. You sure as heII cant tell me anything about how im going to roleplay or who I roleplay from a dream. Prophetic dreams my a<_> ss. Get your head out of the da<_>mn clouds because if you are dreaming and seeing roleplay and thinking that you can come in with your 'dreams' and other bullsh<_>it and tell me how im supposed to roleplay, you can just shove it up your a<_>ss! Why do we listen to the dumba<_>sses who make prophecies? They include their friends and their cats to become 'special' in the clans that other cats(like me!) Are overshadowed and ignored and have no other choice but to leave because no one gives a da<_>mn abiut any other cat than the ones in the prophecy. So I will not go along with this, and I reccomend everyone else does the same ~ a very fu<_>cking old rper(since 2009)

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    The Sage Prophecy

    The Sun will create Sage, Rock, and Honey. The Tiger will die and the Leaf will wither. A golden Drop of Honey will join the Stars. From their ashes, Mint and Sand will Rise and Interwine...

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Enticing

    I found Wilkie Collins quite by accident on the B&N online shop...well, what a wonderful find. Look for some of his other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2015

    A lengthy, but excellent read!

    Enjoyed reading this for a second time and was impressed by the plot development. Be sure you give yourself enough time to savor the experience and you will enjoy this classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2015

    good book

    I liked this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2015

    Enjoyable read

    I don't generally like different narrators, but this was done very well. Good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2015

    Great old read.

    Enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. Wonderful classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2015

    2479350

    Mayra nayelli

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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