De Maansteen

De Maansteen Een jong Engels meisje krijgt van haar oom in een grote Indiase diamant de Maansteen die hij tijdens het beleg van Seringapatam heeft buitgemaakt De volgende dag is het kostbare kleinood verdwene

  • Title: De Maansteen
  • Author: Wilkie Collins Joop Wigman
  • ISBN: 9789074622134
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Paperback
  • Een jong Engels meisje krijgt van haar oom in 1848 een grote Indiase diamant de Maansteen die hij tijdens het beleg van Seringapatam heeft buitgemaakt De volgende dag is het kostbare kleinood verdwenen Een beroemde politiebeambte wordt ingezet op de steen te vinden Hij komt in een wereldje van passie, bedrog en geldschieters terecht, maar weet ten slotte de juiste tEen jong Engels meisje krijgt van haar oom in 1848 een grote Indiase diamant de Maansteen die hij tijdens het beleg van Seringapatam heeft buitgemaakt De volgende dag is het kostbare kleinood verdwenen Een beroemde politiebeambte wordt ingezet op de steen te vinden Hij komt in een wereldje van passie, bedrog en geldschieters terecht, maar weet ten slotte de juiste toedracht van de zaak te achterhalen.In deze eerste in het Engels geschreven detective 1868 toont Collins zich een meester in het bedenken van raadsels Vernuftig is ook de verschuiving van de verdenking van de ene naar de andere persoon Een klassiek voorbeeld van een traditionele speurdersroman.

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    1. The Moonstone, generally recognized as the first detective novel (despite the appearance of The Notting Hill Mystery a few years before), is not only a work of historical importance but also a work that transcends the genre it created, in the artfulness of its plotting, in its compassionate depiction of servants, and in its enlightened resolution of the theme of the British Empire, its crimes and their consequences.Not that I wish to minimize its historical importance. The Moonstone is the first [...]

    2. The Moonstone was published in 1868 and is considered by most people to be the first detective novel. Given the novels place in the history of the genre, that alone should put this book on most people's reading lists. To sweeten the pot, the plot is compelling, the last hundred pages I couldn't have put the book down for anything. I was caught up in the case and wanted to find out the why and the who in the mysterious circumstances surrounding the MOONSTONE.The novel is narrated by several diffe [...]

    3. 4.5 stars, rounding up, for this 1868 Victorian-era mystery, often considered the first English-language detective novel. Wilkie Collins spins a literary web that starts out slowly but then inexorably pulls you in; I finished the last half of the book in one extended readathon. He has a gift for writing as vastly different characters, who each take a turn telling or writing their part of the story, and a droll, sometimes very sarcastic sense of humor.In 1799 a British soldier steals a large yell [...]

    4. The following is a recently found letter written by the English author Charles Dickens to his friend Wilkie Collins concerning the latter’s newly released 1868 novel The Moonstone:Charles Dickens11 Gad’s Hill PlaceHingham, KentEnglandNovember 13, 1868Dear Wilkie, I am now pressing my pen against this paper to congratulate you on the success of your excellent new novel, The Moonstone. I have just completed reading it and I would like to present you with my opinion that this was, as they say, [...]

    5. The problem with mysteries – for me, anyway, is that I don't care who did it. Which is a drawback. I just think well, it's one of those characters the author has given a name to, it won't be the fourth man back on the upper deck of the omnibus mentioned briefly on page 211. It will be someone with a name. And further, it will be someone who you don't think it will be, because that's the whole point. You don't think it's going to be that person so it's a surprise. So, if it turns out to be the [...]

    6. The Moonstone is known as the first detective novel*, and it's a cracking one. You can see things invented here that were directly borrowed by future writers: Holmes' overconfidence (and his use of London urchins as agents); Agatha Christie's exploration of narrative reliability. * as opposed to Poe's Dupin, which was the first detective story - I know, we're splitting hairs.And if the mystery's not enough for you, how about mysterious Oriental cultures? Romance? Quicksand?* Opium? This is a lud [...]

    7. Though Wilkie Collins was long-time friends with Charles Dickens, they had drastically different writing styles, and suffered some rough patches in their relationship. In a letter to someone, Dickens talks about his thoughts on The Moonstone: "The construction is wearisome beyond endurance, and there is a vein of obstinate conceit in it that makes enemies of readers." What the heck? Who's this Dickens guy, anyway? What the heck does he know about writing? Sheesh!I don't know what book the vaunte [...]

    8. Με την έναρξη του βιβλίου, εμείς οι αναγνώστες γινόμαστε γνώστες του ότι στο συγκεκριμένο χρονικό σημείο, το έγκλημα έχει γίνει και ήδη έχει εξιχνιαστεί. Η ανάγνωση που θα ακολουθήσει είναι οι διηγήσεις των προσώπων που έγιναν μάρτυρες της πολύπλοκης αυτής ιστορίας, τις οπ [...]

    9. “I am (thank God!) constitutionally superior to reason. [] Profit, good friends, I beseech you, by my example. It will save you from many troubles of the vexing sort. Cultivate a superiority to reason, and see how you pare the claws of all the sensible people when they try to scratch you for your own good!”I've wanted to read it since I read The D. Case or The Truth About The Mystery Of Edwin Drood and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. I've discovered a new favourite author. I am happy. And the fi [...]

    10. I was torn between giving two stars and three stars to Wilkie Collins's "The Moonstone," a book T. S. Eliot called "the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels." "Longest" is perhaps the operative word here, reminding one of Samuel Johnson's comment (speaking, in his case, of Milton's "Paradise Lost") that none ever wished it longer. "The Moonstone"'s length, in the end, is its chief and perhaps only major failing. Large chunks of the novel seem to drag on and on with [...]

    11. Literary 2012 is closing on an auspicious high, no doubt about it. These are the facts.First, there was waterworks over Turgenev’s Fathers and Children a couple of weeks ago. Second, upon finding out that my favourite film Marienbad was based on The Invention of Morel, which now ordered will see me through to the New Year, there was flushed excitement.Third, I have not stopped laughing since I took up The Moonstone. A veritable boon of emotions. Some have pointed out it might be less the influ [...]

    12. 862. The Moonstone, Wilkie CollinsThe Moonstone (1868) by Wilkie Collins is a 19th-century British epistolary novel, generally considered the first full length detective novel in the English language. The Moonstone tells of the events surrounding the disappearance of a mysterious (and cursed) yellow diamond. T. S. Eliot called it 'the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels'. It contains a number of ideas which became common tropes of the genre, including a crime bein [...]

    13. I guess a review of this requires me to say that Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone is one of the first mystery novels ever written. Now that I've got that out of the way, let's get on with the review.This English drama/mystery started out great. It also started out much the same way many English drama/mysteries of the period would start out: in the manor house. It also used the popular-in-its-time epistolary form of storytelling, with about a half dozen characters taking up their pens to relate thei [...]

    14. “La mejor receta para la novela policíaca: el detective no debe saber nunca más que el lector.” Agatha Christie¿De qué manera puede escribirse una obra maestra de seiscientas treinta páginas en la que nunca decae el interés por saber como termina? ¿De qué se compone la genialidad de un escritor para elaborar una historia con tantos giros, ribetes y escenas impensadas sin confundir al lector? ¿Puede un escritor ser tan hábil para mantener el suspense en una novela policial que atrav [...]

    15. More Interesting for Plot than PeoplePublished in 1868, The Moonstone outsold Great Expectations. Yet Dickens is universally acknowledged the greater author today, and I’d assumed that Wilkie Collins was now just a literary footnote, notable as author of the first detective story, but scarcely worth reading for his own sake. The other day, however, I bragged to a friend that I was reading The Moonstone, but instead of congratulations all I got was: “You surely mean re-reading it”? Ouch!The [...]

    16. Rereads generally work very well for me, as I have memory like a sieve. However, some books are more rewarding when re-reading than others and I usually only find out once I have committed to the reread. I first read The Moonstone decades ago and I enjoyed it very much, unfortunately even my poor memory still retains the outrageous denouement to the central mystery of the theft of the eponymous diamond. Still, I was curious to reread it as I remember enjoying it so much.The Moonstone is about th [...]

    17. I read this as a buddy read with my ’ friend Laura, and it was fun to discuss it as we went along. Reading it with her helped me persist and finish it. I’m appreciative to her for waiting for me while I waited for my library copy and then sometimes waiting for me to catch up with her while we read. This book is incredibly hard for me to rate and even more difficult to review.I’m going to settle on 2 stars, possibly coming close to 2 ½ stars. As usual, I’m rating based on my personal rea [...]

    18. Damn those heathen savages trying to get back their stolen sacred stone from them sahibs!Mildly spoilerishTo my utmost disappointment The Butler, didn't do it :( Considering that this book was written wayyy back in the 1840-1850s, one needs to ignore a) the methods of solving a supposed crime and mystery behind certain unexplained events b) the "oriental" tenor of describing certain ahem races/nationalities (using the term loosely here)c) the obscure experiments providingconfounding astounding a [...]

    19. In the preface to another edition of this book, the author informed his readers that it was his intention with The Moonstone to trace the influence of character on circumstances instead of what he usually did in his stories, which was to trace the influence of circumstances on character. To quote him: "The conduct pursued, under a sudden emergency, by a young girl, supplies the foundation on which I have built this book." In short, this is a character driven novel. He also conveyed that when he [...]

    20. There stood Miss Rachel at the table, like a person fascinated, with the Colonel's unlucky Diamond in her hand. There, on either side of her, knelt the two Bouncers, devouring the jewel with their eyes, and screaming with ecstasy every time it flashed on them in a new light. There, at the opposite side of the table, stood Mr. Godfrey, clapping his hands like a large child, and singing out softly, "Exquisite! exquisite!" There sat Mr. Franklin in a chair by the book-case, tugging at his beard, an [...]

    21. This is supposedly one of the first mystery novels ever published and is believed to introduce the prototype for the English detective hero character. It is also the first book in the Tyler-and-Kate Book Club; I will always love it because it's one of the only books Tyler and I could decide on to read together and it was wonderfully absorbing and provided us with lots of grand characters and interesting plot twists to enjoy—and the mystery to ponder! It's certainly very long and often verbose [...]

    22. 3.5 stars for this overly long classic/mystery novel by Collins. The second half of the novel picked up in pace but the foreshadowing left little doubt about the outcome. The writing is good, it saves the book really. I have previously read "The Woman in White"' which I liked more, but this book has secured it's position in the canon of English Literature.

    23. 4.5 rounded up . I must admit that I'd completely ruled out the "who" in all of this early on in the story, so at least Collins kept me guessing over 400+ pages and gave me a nice jolt at the end. That's always a good thing. A little farfetched though plausible, and a little on the draggy side in parts, but I had a great time with it and I loved the switching narrative style. Anyone who has not yet read The Moonstone really ought to pick up a copy, not solely because it is considered by some to [...]

    24. What a fine fine book this is. I am so surprised that it has taken me so long to get to it given how much I love Victorian Era British Novels. I think perhaps that is because of how slow a book I found the Woman in White to be. I finally picked up the Moonstone three days ago, and have read through it virtually nonstop. This is often described as the first real detective novel in the English language, and as such you might expect it to be completely plot driven. That is not the case at all. Coll [...]

    25. We had our breakfasts - whatever happens in a house, robbery or murder, it doesn't matter, you must have your breakfast. Thus began an entire genre. I loved The Woman in White a number of years ago, and was also fully enthralled by The Moonstone. It's regarded as the first English detective novel, and it's such a good, fat, satisfying read. The excitement of a really great Victorian sensation novel - a missing diamond, huge dollops of Orientalism, an illicit affair, opium, quicksand - and some q [...]

    26. گذشته از داستان جذاب و پرکشش، ترجمة بدیعی هم در حد شاهکاره، بخصوص در بخشهایی که از زبان خدمتکاری روایت می شه که سعی می کنه ادبی و لفظ قلم حرف بزنه

    27. Che delizia, che delizia! Thrilleristi da quattro soldi che scrivete oggi le vostre misere storielle, con quei personaggi così dozzinali, così stereotipati, fate per favore lo sforzo di leggervi Wilkie Collins e imparate cosa vuol dire costruire un buon libro giallo, creare suspense, caratterizzare e rendere unici i personaggi, descrivere ambienti e situazioni in modo chiaro e accattivante, tenere incollato il lettore alle pagine. Imparate a scrivere, perdinci! Siate un po' più ambiziosi! Ai [...]

    28. Perhaps it is not surprising that I managed to guess the 'who', if not the how of this prototype mystery. What may be somewhat of a surprise is that this recognition did not make the book tedious, nor did it become a plodding step-by-step towards inevitability like many mysteries are.Like The Virginian, this predecessor of a genre never seems to fall into the same traps as its innumerable followers. Indeed, with both these books, the focus itself becomes something entirely different than the obs [...]

    29. Well thank goodness for that!I got a little bit bogged down with this one, maybe because I had two other books going at the same time which were quite fast paced and kept my attention. I ended up liking the story of the diamond stolen from an Indian sacred statue but mostly I liked it for some of the characters who tell the story in 11 different narratives. My special favourite is Betteredge the old steward of the country house where much of the story takes place who relies on Robinson Crusoe fo [...]

    30. The best thing about a classic book is that the author dissects out, and lays before you bare, all the thoughts and feelings of the characters. This not only helps you understand the story better, but it lets you make a bond with the characters; all irrespective of whether the genre of the story is crime or drama or romance. If you'll read The Moonstone, you'll come across how the author describes the French, German and Italian aspects of an important character's personality, this in itself goes [...]

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