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The Moonstone

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This is it. The last novel of 2015. In a way I can’t believe it’s over. I have to say that this book challenge was so much fun to do. It got me reading so many novels that I felt were way too far outside my comfort zone to try. This Book Battle has not only made me a more adventurous reader but also a more open minded one. Instead of just turning down a book because I think that I don’t like the genre, I’ll give it a try and see if I actually do or don’t. And thank you all for coming on this journey with me.

Now for the review.

I have to say that I didn’t enjoy The Moonstone nearly as much as I enjoyed The Woman in White. Both novels have very similar set ups. They’re epistolary novels and told in many different perspectives and in many different voices. I did enjoy the butler’s narrative in this novel but there were many that I found rather grating. In The Woman in White, I really enjoyed how many strong female characters Collin’s incorporated into the novel. The Moonstone is almost entirely male dominated and the women are just on the margins or, quite plainly, annoying.

I do love the detective aspect of this novel and seeing detective novels in their infancy and how much they have grown since this time. The detective isn’t in the novel long and isn’t infallible. He doesn’t quite have it right at first. He only solves the case after everyone comes together a second time.

All in all, The Moonstone was an enjoyable novel. However, if you’re looking for a great Wilkie Collins read I’d chose The Woman in White. 

Rating: 3.5/5

 

A Re-Return

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Next up in Book Battle 2015 is a novel that I started reading but didn’t finish. There aren’t many novels that I start and don’t finish simply because I have a compulsive need to finish every novel even if I don’t particularly care for it. In this case, I just couldn’t read the novel fast enough. I checked Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale out from the library many moons ago and started to read it but couldn’t finish in time before I had to return the novel. I’ve placed a hold on the novel and have finally got it back so that I can finish it.

I can’t wait to finish the novel and see what happens to each of the characters. I have a feeling that this is one novel that will bring me to tears. The other Hannah novel I read for this challenge, The Winter Garden, had me crying and I feel this novel will be very similar.

Stay tuned for the full review of The Nightingale. Happy reading!

The Glimpses of the Moon

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As much trouble as I had picking a novel for this category after reading this book I don’t think I could have picked a better one. Edith Wharton is a powerhouse in American literature, the first woman ever to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She is deft in her craft and knows exactly where she wants to steer her reader. I read The House of Mirth in college and loved it, despite it having a seriously depressing ending. The American realists really took reality to a new level.

With The House of Mirth in mind, this novel really took me by surprise. It’s very different from The House of Mirth but with some of the same strains. The Glimpses of the Moon also has to do with the upper crust of New York life. Wharton condemns them in both novels for their frivolities and superficial existence. Except in The Glimpses of the Moon the end is not nearly as dire.

The Glimpses of the Moon centers on two characters, Susy and Nick. These two, both penniless, basically mooch off their wealthy friends. To continue this lifestyle they decide to get married and mooch of their friends for a year while they honeymoon in Europe. But like any good romantic comedy things go awry.

I have to say that I was really surprised with the formula of this novel. It read exactly like a romantic comedy. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, trials and tribulations ensure, boy gets girl in the end. It makes me wonder, who created this formula for romantic fiction? Perhaps Wharton herself. She was definitely innovative enough to do so.

All in all, this was a really cute novel. I enjoyed the character progression and the luxurious scenery of Europe. The novel is a bit dated and many of the couples arguments are rather insipid but it didn’t take away my enjoyment of the novel.

Rating: 4/5

Stay tuned for the next installment of Book Battle 2015. Happy reading!