In una notte d’agosto, sotto una luna piena e un cielo senza stelle, il malinconico Lord Hartright si imbatte in una misteriosa donna vestita di bianco che si aggira inquieta per le vie di Londra. Da questo incontro fortuito si dipana una vicenda sinistra fatta di scambi di persona, inganni, morti improvvise e continui, imprevedibili colpi di scena. Abilissimo nel tratteggiare con sottigliezza i vari tipi psicologici, Collins adotta una tecnica narrativa a più voci descrivendo la vicenda dal punto di vista dei diversi personaggi, come fossero testimoni chiamati a deporre alla sbarra. La donna in bianco (1860), il romanzo che all’epoca consacrò definitivamente il suo autore, è un thriller a tinte melodrammatiche che precorre il mistery novel. Ma Collins non ha bisogno di scomodare il soprannaturale per tenere viva la suspense; gli basta attingere alla cronaca e mostrare i vizi e le ambiguità che si nascondono dietro la rispettabile facciata della società vittoriana. Come scrisse Henry James pochi anni dopo l’uscita del libro: «Collins ha introdotto nel romanzo i più misteriosi dei misteri, quelli che sono fuori della porta di casa nostra».
- ISBN: 881100506X
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 560
- Data di uscita: 17-06-2022
The only real flaw in this densely plotted page-turner of a novel is that in the end it slightly disappoints because it promises more than it delivers. It makes the reader fall in love with its plain but resourceful heroine Marian Halcombe, and teases us with the delightful prospect that she will be Leggi tutto
Beware of spoilers! What I learned from this book (in no particular order) : 1. Italians are excitable, dedicated to the opera, and most likely to be involved with organized crime. 2. Beware of fat, jolly Italian counts with submissive wives and fondness of white mice and canaries. 3. Watch out if your Leggi tutto
DON'T READ THIS BOOK, unless you've got the patience, stamina, and requisite taste for a quintessential mid-Victorian novel. If you don't, you'll think The Woman in White is terribly overwrought and 500 pages too long. If you like Victorian writing, you'll think this is a well-drawn, balanced novel
“This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve.” Walter Hartright, his name is a tip off regarding his character, is walking down the street, his mind absorbed with his own problems, when suddenly: ”In one moment, every drop of blood in my body w Leggi tutto
"Why are we to stop her, sir? What has she done?""Done! She has escaped from my Asylum. Don't forget: a woman in white. Drive on." I loved, loved, loved the first bits of the book! Oh yeah, there will be SPOILERS so stop right there! . . . I loved Walter! I thought he was going to be in the whole b
"I am thinking," he remarked quietly, "whether I shall add to the disorder in this room by scattering your brains about the fireplace." Written in 1859-60 by William "Wilkie" Collins and originally published in serial form in Charles Dickens' magazine (Wilkie and Charles were good friends), The Woman Leggi tutto
The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins, First Published 1860. 'In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop... There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth, stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white' The Woman in White famously opens with Wa Leggi tutto
Walter Hartright a struggling drawing teacher, is walking at midnight back to Victorian London after visiting his widowed mother and sister at their cottage, in the suburbs to say goodbye, a quiet trip nobody around, the road empty everything's still, not even the leaves on the trees flicker in the
this is a weighty relic of a book. it's pretty enjoyable, just don't expect any surprises, unless you have missed the last 20 years of police procedurals on the television set. i'm sure in its day it was chock full of surprises, but i have to shudder at the contrivance of characters talking aloud to Leggi tutto
Laura Fairlie’s journal – June 6th, 1855 This morning in the garden I sketched a small flower and was overcome with exhaustion. I retired to my room, not before kissing my dearest darling Marian, and lay down upon my sofa for five hours. What a day! In the evening I played upon the piano, a quite dif Leggi tutto
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