The Moonstone

The Moonstone

by Wilkie Collins
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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Stolen from the forehead of a Hindu idol, the dazzling gem known as "The Moonstone" resurfaces at a birthday party in an English country home — with an enigmatic trio of watchful Brahmins hot on its trail. Laced with superstitions, suspicion, humor, and romance, this 1868 mystery draws readers into a compelling tale with numerous twists and turns.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486424514
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 10/29/2002
Series: Dover Thrift Editions Series
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 648,247
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 11 Years

About the Author

William Wilkie Collins (1824­–89) was born in London. He was educated for the law, but instead became a writer, achieving great popularity with such novels as The Woman in White (1860), No Name (1862), Armadale (1866), and his masterpiece, The Moonstone (1868). His life, both personal and professional, was profoundly affected by his friendship with Charles Dickens, who helped guide and ardently championed Collins’s writing, and whose work in turn was stimulated by Collins’s use of mystery and suspense. Though increasingly handicapped by a painful disease and by dependence on opiates used for relief, Collins continued to produce novels until three years before his death.
 
Alev Lytle Croutier, whose books have been translated into twenty-one languages, is the only woman novelist from Turkey to be published extensively worldwide. She is the author of the international bestseller Harem: The World Behind the Veil, novels such as The Palace of Tears and Seven Houses, and, for young readers, American Girl’s Leyla: The Black Tulip. The founding editor and editor-in-chief of Mercury House publishing company, she lectures frequently at universities, museums, and conferences.
 
Lillian Nayder is Professor of English at Bates College, where she teaches courses on nineteenth-century British fiction. She is the author of Wilkie Collins (1997) and Unequal Partners: Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Victorian Authorship (2002). With Graham Law, she coedits the Wilkie Collins Society Journal.
 

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 (Illustrated + link to download FREE audiobook + Active TOC) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
angie1984 More than 1 year ago
I READ WILKIE COLLINS'S "WOMAN IN WHITE" AND I LOVED IT, BUT THIS BOOK IS EVEN BETTER, THE ACTION AND MYSTERY FROM THE FIRST PAGE TO ALMOST THE END OF THE BOOK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So cool!,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought for Book Club; found hard to read author's circuitous style; planned to serialize in newspaper; kept waiting for plot to get better, but it didn't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ran in panting. Im here. (((Sorry im late i got lost)))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Relatable res1-12
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*walks in, wearing grungy clothes that don't really hide the bulge in his pants*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She wait for a super hot guy to walk in and fu.ck her or make her a se.x slave
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have fun guys and enjoy the party
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Moonpaw climbed into the cave filled with the glowing crystals. She felt her way past the rocks, managing to not snag her pads on the sharp edges of stone. The blind apprentice padded over to her mentor, using Lapis's scent and warmth as a guide. "I wish I could see them for real," she murmured. The gray-furred she cat could see the glinting crystals only when she shared tongues with StarClan.
Stevec50 More than 1 year ago
Next to his, The Woman in White, this is probably the best known novel by Wilkie Collins. Called by some the first 'modern English detective novel'. Collins' creation, Sergeant Cuff is the ancestor of all the police detectives that followed. Cuff has his own procedures and a record that leads him to be one of the most successful men working in his occupation. The book opens with a chapter revealing the history of 'the moonstone' and how it came into the hands of a member of the Verinder family. Long cursed and protected by priests in India, its protectors follow the stone for decades to England intent on retrieving it and returning it to its rightful place. When the man responsible for the stone coming to England dies, his will states the diamond should be given to his niece on her eighteenth birthday. That very night the stone is removed from its hiding place and Sgt. Cuff is called in to retrieve it. As usual in such tales, things are not always as they appear and not everyone is willing to help in the diamond being recovered. The novel is told from the perspective of a number of people involved in the case, from the innocent to the guilty. Not only do we follow Cuff in his investigation, but also discover why the case proves much more difficult than anyone would have foreseen. Several years after the incidents related in the narrative take place a member of the family wants a record made of what took place and, if possible, why they did. It's easy to see why Collins was so popular in his day and why the novel remains a classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great detective novel which some characters are still revelent to today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alec, calm down.
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Redfur you must unite with Hawk to save Hazle and Day if not great fears come upon and all will be red. Redfure finds himself on a redrock looking over everything ot looks normal the all is red. Goodbye Redfur.
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RedReadSD More than 1 year ago
I have read other books by Wilkie Collins and found them to be acceptable, not great but not too bad. 'The Moonstone' was on a list of books that everyone should read, so I was expecting it to be exceptional. I was severely disappointed. The story is told in sections, each section is written by a different character, each relating the events from their perspective. Set in the 1840's (when it was written) the language may be a hurdle for anyone that is not familiar with that era. I was comfortable with the language and the era however the story seemed to drag on forever. The characters were very one-sided and not very likable. Some things were described in complete detail, when no detail was needed, while other things and scenes were not described well at all, leaving me trying to picture who was where. If you want to read a 'classic' mystery just so you can say you have read it, this may be the book for you. If you want a good mystery that draws you in, a story that you can become emotionally invested in the outcome, you should pass on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because. Its kind of hard to explain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cruddy. I'M sick again.
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