On October 31st, I was stressed out not only because I didn’t know whether rain was going to ruin trick or treating plans (i.e., I would be stuck with costumed and grumpy kids all night), but because I knew The Moonstone read-a-long was starting the next day and I was already way behind in The Count of Monte Cristo read-a-long. Should I still join in? Should I try reading it another time? I don’t think I even made a conscious decision; I just turned on my ereader on Friday morning and started reading.
The Moonstone (1868) by Wilkie Collins is a 19th-century British epistolary novel, generally considered the first detective novel in the English language. The story was originally serialised in Charles Dickens’ magazine All the Year Round. The Moonstone and The Woman in White are considered Wilkie Collins’ best novels. Besides creating many of the ground rules of the detective novel, The Moonstone also reflected Collins’ enlightened social attitudes in his treatment of the servants in the novel. Collins adapted The Moonstone for the stage in 1877, but the production was performed for only two months.
I’m so pleased to be joining The Moonstone read-a-long with Ellie @ Literary Nerds Unite (best blog name hands down!) and friends. Some of you have displayed some gorgeous book covers, but surely I win the category of Most Unimaginative (or Most Minimal, depending on how you look at it). Please see cover above and weigh in.
At the expense of The Count of Monte Cristo, I read quite a bit of The Moonstone over the weekend and here are a few initial thoughts: