Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Armadale by Wilkie Collins - November Book Club Choice

A Penguin Classic, Armadale was the novel nominated at the book club last night for reading in November.

It centres around two distant cousins, both named Allan Armadale whose lives are tied together by the terrible secret which the elder Alan Armadale confesses on his death bed. Both Armadales meet again at the ages of 21 and 22 respectively and become friends (one of them under an assumed name). The curiosity of their shared names, the secret and a premonition leads them on a path that leads the reader to question whether they are simply hapless victims of fate. The books femme-fatale, Lydia Gwilt appears on the scene halfway through the book intent upon becoming the heiress to one of the Alan’s fortunes and turns everyone’s lives upside-down.

Armadale is an exciting, complex Victorian novel that examines the role of women, marriage and the individual.

Armadale was first serialized in The Cornhill magazine in 1864.
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  1. I really enjoyed "The Moonstone" in university and also liked the adaptation of "The Woman in White" on British television. This sounds like a book I might enjoy at some time in the future.


  2. Cool. I'd be really interested to hear what you think of it. Let me know if you get a chance to read it.

  3. Am looking forward to reading this again!

  4. Hope to pick up my own copy today!

  5. Oh, cool! Once you've read it and bookclubbed it, are you going to write about it again? I might read along, as I like Wilkie Collins.

  6. Will certainly write about it again and publish all the feedback. Please read along. It would be great to hear what you think.


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