The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

The TPBCMG book for December is The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.  The novel was the author's fifth published novel, written in 1859, and first published serially.  It is considered to be among the first mystery novels and is widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of "sensation novels." 

The story is sometimes considered an early example of detective fiction with the hero, Walter Hartright, employing many of the sleuthing techniques of later private detectives. The use of multiple narrators draws on Collins's legal training, and as he points out in his Preamble: "the story here presented will be told by more than one pen, as the story of an offence against the laws is told in Court by more than one witness."

The book is available in many editions, including free eBook (link to Project Gutenberg).

If more than 12 people show up, we will break into two groups and I will ask for a volunteer to moderate the second group. 

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  • Kate E.

    I was wondering if anyone else had read Gone Girl and whether it might have been interesting to contrast that gripping novel with WiW. But I didn't wonder it until after I got home.

    December 20, 2013

  • Mark

    There will be one bill. Please be prepared to pay with cash. Orders will be taken at 7:40. No orders after that time. We will end promptly at nine.

    December 19, 2013

  • Brandon A.

    Holiday plans changed.

    December 15, 2013

  • Mark

    Hey, Julie. If you have an eReader, you can download the book from Project Gutenberg (see link above). The book is a whopper--750 pages in print--so I hope you can get a copy fast!

    December 14, 2013

  • Robert B.

    Loved the book and Bombay Gaylord. Should be fun.

    November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could, but that far into December all my kids are home from college and there is just too much going on around the house.

    November 4, 2013

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