The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (Part Two)

{F4C00C82-64A0-4FEA-BAEF-03B898355968}Img100Fiction — audiobook. Read by Roger Rees and Rosalyn Landor with John Lee and Judy Gleeson. Blackstone Audio, 2009. Originally published 1859. 25 hours, 26 minutes. Library copy.

Please don’t take my delay in finishing and posting about Collins’ novel as a lack of interest. It’s entirely due to a lack of time. It was the perfect audiobook for the gym but, alas, school work took over my life and prevented me from going to the gym. I had to resort to listening to the book for the few brief moments I was in my room each day.

The book, as many have said, is absolutely fabulous. The mystery surrounding the woman in white and her connection to Laura Fairlie held my interest and I found myself thinking about the story during classes and meals. I hated having to turn off the audiobook version I was listening to.

I loved all of Collins’ narrators and how each was allowed to opportunity to tell their story. It not only was interesting to see how different people perceived situations, but I also felt like I was being provided with a less biased account than had Walter Hartright been the only narrator. Even one of “bad guys” was given the opportunity to provide his own take on events. (I would have loved to read Sir Percival Glyde and Laura Fairlie’s accounts!)

One of my friends is an English major and she informed me that The Woman in White is known as a “sensation novel”. Typically this genre of novel focuses on sensational, shocking topics such as adultery, bigamy, seduction, kidnapping, and insanity. Collins is considered one of the main and best authors in this genre. My friend has a more negative view of this type novel, seeming to fall in line with those critics of the day who derived authors and readers of this literary genre. I, on the other hand, am interested in reading more of these types of books. They certainly are not nearly as stuffy as other classics.

I mentioned last month that the audiobook version read by Roger Rees, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, and Judy Geeson was helping to keep the narrators straight in my head. I am slowly introducing myself to more and more audiobooks but to date this one is my favorite. I never once lost the story despite the switch in narrators and appreciated how each narrator managed to maintain the same pace. If you have yet to read this book and are interested in trying  it on audio, I certainly would recommend this one.

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Reading Buddies:

Hosted by Erin of Erin Reads, Reading Buddies was born out of Erin’s 2011 reading goal of tackling books on her TBR list. She put out a call to find out if anyone was interested in reading some of the same books along with her. Since she and I shared several books between our two lists, I jumped at the chance to cross books of my TBR list and read along with her. The Woman in White is the selections for November. December’s selection is The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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  1. Pingback: Reading Buddies: The Woman In White- Third Epoch and Book Review | The Cheap Reader

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