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Book Title: The Dead Secret|
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The author of the book: Wilkie Collins
Edition: Kypros Press
Date of issue: October 26th 2015
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After The Woman in White,this is my second try with Wilkie Collins.While I became his admirer after my first experience of his writing, in second, my interest in his novels only increased further. I have already made a purchase of his classic The Moonstone and soon I am going to start my journey with its characters and plot for having a third-time experience of Collins.What I find most interesting about his novels is the way in which he advances his story. By the time I started and read first few pages of this book, I had already made my mind to turn its pages till the last. In my opinion, this is the predominant feature that I have found in Collins writing, which makes you force going ahead with the story and probably for the same reason he is placed among the pioneers top authors as long as detective stories are concerned.
The story moves around a secret that was written in a letter and the letter was kept hidden in a place, in the Porthgenna Tower. This letter got eventually discovered after 15 years, by the person whose destiny and existence was entirely dependent on this secret and, also adherent to it, was the redemption, fear, and salvation of another person who enshrouded it there.
The dead secret was hidden in the Myrtle Room, where the dirt of half a century crusted on the glass; walls red and faded, chairs in confusion, tables placed awry; black bookcase with an open door half drooping from its hinges; ceiling darkened by stains and a floor whitened by dust. dust floating upward, pouring downward, rolling smoothly round and round in still atmosphere.
I found the idea of the couple very touching where it is said by Mrs. Frankland that she would give her eyes to her husband Mr. Frankland (a blind gentleman) to see the world and would use his advice as he was more intelligent.The character of Uncle Joseph is very well. Finding the "misanthrope"(another interesting character), for at least once, in his life, in a good humor was a good feeling. I read somewhere that Collins maintains a certain sense of dignity with his female characters and I agree on that, he has maintained the same dignity in this novel as well. Though the secret was not "that great a secret" but I liked the way, he plotted those sentiments of two women after the revelation of the secret.
A nice read for Wilkie Collins Fans!
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Read information about the authorA close friend of Charles Dickens from their meeting in March 1851 until Dickens' death in June 1870, William Wilkie Collins was one of the best known, best loved, and, for a time, best paid of Victorian fiction writers. But after his death, his reputation declined as Dickens' bloomed.
Now, Collins is being given more critical and popular attention than he has received for 50 years. Most of his books are in print, and all are now in e-text. He is studied widely; new film, television, and radio versions of some of his books have been made; and all of his letters have been published. However, there is still much to be discovered about this superstar of Victorian fiction.
Born in Marylebone, London in 1824, Collins' family enrolled him at the Maida Hill Academy in 1835, but then took him to France and Italy with them between 1836 and 1838. Returning to England, Collins attended Cole's boarding school, and completed his education in 1841, after which he was apprenticed to the tea merchants Antrobus & Co. in the Strand.
In 1846, Collins became a law student at Lincoln's Inn, and was called to the bar in 1851, although he never practised. It was in 1848, a year after the death of his father, that he published his first book, 'The Memoirs of the Life of William Collins, Esq., R.A'., to good reviews.
The 1860s saw Collins' creative high-point, and it was during this decade that he achieved fame and critical acclaim, with his four major novels, 'The Woman in White' (1860), 'No Name' (1862), 'Armadale' (1866) and 'The Moonstone' (1868). 'The Moonstone', is seen by many as the first true detective novel 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.
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