Poor Miss Finch

Poor Miss Finch

eBook - 2010
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Publisher: To be supplied : Project Gutenberg, 2010.
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Jun 12, 2014

Wilkie Collins is called one of the fathers of the detective novel. Looking at his work as a whole, he would more accurately be described as the father of the night time soap opera. There's nothing too outlandish about a blind girl, twin brothers, or a violent crime, or even combining them in one story. But Collins extracts the maximum of pain, tension and confusion from the situation, and not in the ways one would necessarily expect. The effect is unsettling. In addition, he was far ahead of his time in the depiction of women, unheroic men, and, surprisingly, blind people. Unfortunately, Collins usually had trouble with his endings, and this one is a bit of a washout. SPOILERS! I was hoping Collins would bring back the lying clock murder, and it would turn out that one twin was shielding the other from being hanged. Alas. One joins an Arctic expedition and dies, clutching a lock of a maiden's hair, as per 19th century antihero requirements.


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