Sunday, February 7, 2010
The Woman in White
"This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve."
And so opens this nineteenth century "sensation drama"! Don't let this cover photo fool you - this book is completely of its time, yet timeless in its appeal. It was the first of the mystery/thriller genre, originally serialized and was a delight to read.
Laura Fairlie is promised in marriage to Sir Percival Glyde. Before becoming officially engaged she falls in love with her drawing master Walter Hartright. Let the drama begin. Sir Percival has a Secret and over the course of time he is, of course, found out. But I won't ruin this for you with the details.
The characters are fantastic, the setting suitably misty, murky and mysterious. Mr. Collins uses the different characters' voices to tell the tale from their perspectives.
Grab that cup of tea, curl up and enjoy.