The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins ( with footnotes)

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins ( with footnotes)

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Rachel Verinder, a young Englishwoman, inherits a large Indian diamond on her eighteenth birthday. It is a legacy from her uncle, a corrupt English army officer who served in India. The diamond is of great religious significance as well as being extremely valuable, and three Hindu priests have dedicated their lives to recovering it. The story incorporates elements of…  See more details below

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Rachel Verinder, a young Englishwoman, inherits a large Indian diamond on her eighteenth birthday. It is a legacy from her uncle, a corrupt English army officer who served in India. The diamond is of great religious significance as well as being extremely valuable, and three Hindu priests have dedicated their lives to recovering it. The story incorporates elements of the legendary origins of the Hope Diamond (or perhaps the Orloff Diamond). Rachel's eighteenth birthday is celebrated with a large party, whose guests include her cousin Franklin Blake. She wears the Moonstone on her dress that evening for all to see, including some Indian jugglers who have called at the house. Later that night, the diamond is stolen from Rachel's bedroom, and a period of turmoil, unhappiness, misunderstandings and ill-luck ensues. Told by a series of narratives from some of the main characters, the complex plot traces the subsequent efforts to explain the theft, identify the thief, trace the stone and recover it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013072305
Publisher:
Granto Classic Books
Publication date:
08/29/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
557 KB

Meet the Author

William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 – 23 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and author of short stories. He was very popular during the Victorian era and wrote 30 novels, more than 60 short stories, 14 plays, and over 100 non-fiction pieces. His best-known works are The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Armadale and No Name.

Collins predicted the deterrence concept of mutually assured destruction that defined the Cold War nuclear era. Writing at the time of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 he stated, "I begin to believe in only one civilising influence – the discovery one of these days of a destructive agent so terrible that War shall mean annihilation and men's fears will force them to keep the peace.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 8, 1824
Date of Death:
September 23, 1889
Place of Birth:
London, England
Place of Death:
London, England
Education:
Studied law at Lincoln¿s Inn, London

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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a classic mystery and along with The Woman in White, also by Wilkie Collins, is considered one of the first mystery novels. If you are an avid fan of the genre, read it. However, be aware that it drags in the middle. Given a choice,I would read The Woman in White. I think it's a much better story.
Rachael Johnson More than 1 year ago
I loved it! There is a nice mixture of romance, mystery, and adventure! Read it and youll love it. It would be like a PG if it was a movie.
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The book is interesting and it reminded me of one of the Indiana Jones' films
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