Durante l’assedio di Seringapatam, in India, l’ufficiale inglese John Herncastle si impadronisce della “pietra di luna”, un antico e prezioso diamante che adorna il simulacro di una divinità indù. Anni dopo la giovane Rachel Verinder, erede dell’ufficiale, riceve in dono il prezioso gioiello in occasione del suo diciottesimo compleanno. Ma la notte stessa il diamante scompare misteriosamente. Toccherà all’abile sergente Cuff indagare sul furto e scoprire l’insospettabile colpevole. Pubblicato nel 1868, La pietra di luna è stato definito da Thomas S. Eliot «il primo, il più lungo e il più bello dei romanzi polizieschi inglesi». Racconto a più voci, ancora intriso di elementi gotici ma già prototipo del mystery novel, capolavoro di complessità e sottigliezza psicologica, grandioso affresco della società vittoriana, l’opera di Collins ha fatto scuola: il sergente Cuff, un personaggio che a buon diritto figura tra i capostipiti del genere, sarà fonte di ispirazione sia per lo Sherlock Holmes di Conan Doyle sia per il Nero Wolfe di Rex Stout.
- ISBN: 8811368650
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 501
- Data di uscita: 19-07-2002
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 depictio Leggi tutto
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
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 wri Leggi tutto
Holy shit! This was actually funny and I was not expecting that at all. It was a serialized story, so it tends to ramble in places and not wrap up as quickly as it probably would have otherwise. However, it didn't feel tedious or drawn out like some of those stories do. This was truly entertaining.
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 Dickens 11 Gad’s Hill Place Hingham, Kent England November 13, 1868 Dear Wilkie, I am now pressing my pen against thi Leggi tutto
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 Leggi tutto
The Moonstone is probably the most popular work of Wilkie Collins in his day. Perhaps it still is or perhaps The Woman in White rivals its rank at present times. But no matter, its popularity in Collin's day is no secret. Named as the first detective fiction of English literature, The Moonstone
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 Leggi tutto
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 Leggi tutto
“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 Leggi tutto
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