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Literary The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
#1  sun surfer 05-14-2019, 07:40 PM
"'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 Walter Hartright's eerie encounter on a moonlit London road. Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter becomes embroiled in the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his 'charming' friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for white mice, vanilla bonbons, and poison. Pursuing questions of identity and insanity along the paths and corridors of English country houses and the madhouse, The Woman in White is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism."


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This book is available in the MR Library!
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Anyone can discuss any part or aspect of it at any time, although a softly recommended discussion timeframe is given below.
-The first quarter within a week
-The second quarter within two weeks
-The third quarter within three weeks
-The fourth quarters within four weeks


This is the MR Literary Club selection for May 2019. Everyone is welcome so feel free to start or join in the conversation at any time; the more the merrier!


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#2  sun surfer 05-15-2019, 05:42 PM
I downloaded the kindle version from the MR library and have started on it. I'm enjoying it so far. I noticed when looking at covers that one had the quote (from author Sarah Waters) proclaiming The Woman in White as having, 'One of the best plots in English literature.'
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#3  AnotherCat 05-15-2019, 06:36 PM
I started it late last night after finishing another book. What I have read so far I have enjoyed; but took a while and some lack of sleep to get to 3% though .

On the basis of that I now have The Moonstone as well as, I think, a biography on my "to read" list.
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#4  fantasyfan 05-16-2019, 05:39 PM
There are some excellent audio versions of this great novel. I like those which have both a male and female reader. There is a good version available on Audible.
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#5  Bookworm_Girl 05-16-2019, 11:22 PM
Quote fantasyfan
There are some excellent audio versions of this great novel. I like those which have both a male and female reader. There is a good version available on Audible.
Thanks for the tip! I just took a look at the list on Audible. I plan to read the book, but it might be fun to mix in some audio during my commute.

The Blackstone audiobook looks like a good cast and is whisper-synced to the Vintage Classics ebook that I am reading.
Narrated by: Roger Rees, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, Judy Geeson
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#6  sun surfer 05-17-2019, 02:05 PM
Quote AnotherCat
I started it late last night after finishing another book. What I have read so far I have enjoyed; but took a while and some lack of sleep to get to 3% though .
Every percent counts!

Quote fantasyfan
There are some excellent audio versions of this great novel. I like those which have both a male and female reader. There is a good version available on Audible.
Which is the version you like best? I've decided audiobooks are something that, for me, are better with less choice. When a book is under copyright, it generally has one professionally done audiobook to choose and that's it (sometimes two if for instance they have separate across the pond versions), while those out of copyright have so many choices and it's hard to decide on a version or to know which are the better done from samples. Then, once I choose I sometimes second-guess if I should've went with another. For that reason I've drifted towards limiting my audiobooks to mostly in-copyright options and that's actually the reason I decided to read The Woman in White in ebook.
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#7  fantasyfan 05-17-2019, 03:32 PM
In fact it is the same version mentioned by Bookworm Girl. 😊 I also tend to switch between audio and reading. Librivox has some audio versions as well but they can be of inconsistent quality.
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#8  Bookworm_Girl 05-17-2019, 03:35 PM
The combo of the Vintage ebook with the Blackstone audio with whispersync is about $10.50. I thought that was a good combo price!
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#9  fantasyfan 05-17-2019, 06:52 PM
I got the audio with a credit from Audible and the book was only about £1.00. That comes to about the same price as you paid, Bookworm girl. It is good value.
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#10  Bookworm_Girl 05-17-2019, 07:31 PM
sun surfer, when there are too many choices for audiobooks I usually look for bigger name publishers and then if there are any narrator names that I recognize to narrow the choices. I also listen to the samples to see what sounds most pleasing to my ear.
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