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La Pedra lunar : una narració amorosa (1868)

de Wilkie Collins

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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.… (més)
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    Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh de Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (Usuari anònim)
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    Drood de Dan Simmons (Jannes)
    Jannes: A (fictional) tale about Collins and his friendship with Dickens. "The Moonstone" in prominently featured. Give it a try if you're into historical thrillers.
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    Dead Men Tell No Tales de E. W. Hornung (TineOliver)
    TineOliver: Both are essentially mystery novels, although Collins is both more pioneering and, in my view better written. While the two novels were published approximately 30 years apart, both are set in the mid 19th century. Reading both books allows the reader to place the works in context of other mystery novels from the 19th century. Accordingly, I am not suggesting that just because you enjoyed one means you will enjoy the other to the same extent.… (més)
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Besides The woman in white The Moonstone is the other great novel for which Wilkie Collins is best remembered. Both novels are based on a detective element, and maybe this is why they find more readers than his other novels. Both novels make use of an innovative narrative technique of succesive witness statements. While in The woman in white these "episodes" or "narratives" are of fairly equal, balanced length, The Moonstone begins with a very long narrative of 160+ pages, subsequent "narratives" are ever shorter. The successive episodes make for a rush in ongoing reading

There are many legends about cursed gems, but this story element is far in the background. The main interest in in the very rational probe into the disappearance of the diamond. The plot has many unexpected twists and hence a very exciting and interesting development.

It is tempting to see whether the novel could be interpreted other than merely a detective story. The meme of Betteridge insistent reading of Robinson Crusoe is so pertinent that I would take it as a clue to a deeper meaning of the book. Betteridge reads Robinson Crusoe as other people read the Bible. He reads nothing but, and tends to open it randomly and then always finds an appropriate piece of wisdom (exactly the way the bible is used). This slight at "bible readers" in fact the majority of the Victorian establishment is like a criticism of their moral values. Various motives of the novel also suggest a contrasting of the religious zeal of the Indians as opposed to the mere interest in money of Western people.

Reading The Moonstone gave me the feeling that Sarah Waters seems much more influenced by Collins than by Dickens. To me some elements of The Moonstone came unexpectedly together while I was simultaneously reading works by Coleridge and De Quincey. ( )
  edwinbcn | Dec 25, 2021 |
I am not superstitious; I have read a heap of books in my time; I am a scholar in my own way. Though turned seventy I possess an active memory, and legs to correspond. You are not to take it, if you please, as the saying of an ignorant man, when I express my opinion that such a book as Robinson Crusoe never was written, and never will be written again. I have tried that book for years - and I have found it my friend in need in all necessities of this mortal life. When my spirits are bad - Robinson Crusoe. When I want advice - Robinson Crusoe. In past times, when my wife plague me; in present times, when I have had a drop too much- Robinson Crusoe. I have worn out six stout Robinson Crusoes with hard work in my service. On my lady's last birthday, she gave me a seventh. I took a drop too much on the strength of it; and Robinson Crusoe put me right again. Price four shillings and sixpence, bound in blue, with a picture into the bargain.

Still, this don't look much like starting the story of the Diamond - does it? I seem to be wandering off in search of Lord knows what, Lord knows where. We will take a new sheet of paper; if you please, and begin over again, with my best respects to you.
  taurus27 | Dec 11, 2021 |
A fascinating story with captivating and diverse characters. I especially liked the writing style and format (multiple narrators). ( )
  ChelseaVK | Dec 10, 2021 |
The multiple narrators work great — it helps that the two with the most potential to be annoying, Betteredge and Clack, are instead charming and funny in their self-awareness and lack of it. The influence of Dickens is preponderant in the tragic character of Ezra Jennings, a Sidney Carton-a-like made more interesting by his opium addiction being informed by the author's own. Then there's fine young Victorian fellow Franklin Blake, who didn't do much for me but is very much at home in a book like this, rose-fancier and proto-supersleuth Police Sgt. Cuff, buff solicitor Bruff, the orientalist Murthwaite... I reckon Dickens had a hand in the naming too, come to think of it. At the centre of it all, but without her own narrative voice, is fruity young Rachel Verinder who ends up getting a pretty fair shake compared to many another Victorian heroine. I also appreciated the ending, where the stone finds its way back to the land it was looted from. Whether it's women, foreigners, or opium addicts, old Wilkie seems to have been a pretty enlightened chap.

The plot is engaging, though hardly the misdirectional masterpiece some claim. As a detective story it's fairly rudimentary, but still ticking off a ton of what would become staple tropes and very impressive given its lack of antecedents. It's also a capable romance and adventure tale. About 150% too long of course — why use 80,000 words when 200,000 will do? Serialise the shit out of that! That's how they rocked and rolled back then, isn't it. ( )
  yarb | Dec 2, 2021 |
Mystery, romance. Apparently a lot of people like this but i don't count myself among them. I'm probably being a bit harsh as this is considered the very first english detective novel. ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
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Wilkie Collinsautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Capriolo, EttoreTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Cole, G. D. H.Introduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Karl, Frederick R.Introduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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In the first part of Robinson Crusoe, at page one hundred and twenty-nine, you will find it thus written: 'Now I saw, though too late, The Folly of beginning a Work before we count the Cost, and before we judge rightly of our own Strength to go through with it.'
Intending praise, T. S. Eliot slung an albatross around the neck of The Moonstone with his encomium: 'the first and best of detective novels.' (Introduction)
In some of my former novels, the object proposed has been to trace the influence of circumstances upon character. (Preface)
The circumstances under which The Moonstone was originally written have invested the book - in the author's mind - with an interest peculiarly its own. (Preface to a New Edition)
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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.

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