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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [NOOK Book]

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This Halcyon Classics ebook THE MOONSTONE is one of 19th century British author Wilkie Collins' most acclaimed works. 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 ...
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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

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Overview

This Halcyon Classics ebook THE MOONSTONE is one of 19th century British author Wilkie Collins' most acclaimed works. 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. THE MOONSTONE is widely regarded as the precursor of the modern mystery and suspense novels. T. S. Eliot called it "the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels in a genre invented by Collins and not by Poe", and by Dorothy L. Sayers as "probably the very finest detective story ever written".
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011802782
  • Publisher: Halcyon Press Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Halcyon Classics , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 169,894
  • File size: 397 KB

Meet the Author

Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) was a pioneer of the modern mystery/detective novel. He also wrote on the plight of women and on the social and domestic issues of his time. Highly influential, many later authors of mystery and detective fiction drew inspiration from Collins' works.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Only for mystery buffs interested in the origin of the genre.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2011

    THE MOONSTONE REVIEW

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    good read

    The book is interesting and it reminded me of one of the
    Indiana Jones' films

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