And I finished! If you have any leaning at all for Victorian lit, The Moonstone is one of the great ones. Collins has various narrators each telling his or her part of the story of the Moonstone – a yellow diamond stolen from India. The first narrator Betteredge is a hoot – a somewhat sexist, but lovable and charming narrator he has an entertaining read on events. Even the interfering and awful Miss Clack is hilarious in her own way. Probably my least favorite characters were the young lovers – both rather too full of noble and lofty sentiment while liable to fly off the handle at the drop of a hat.
My ebook said it was 240 pages and was taking forever to make any progress, so I checked the print editions the shortest of which was 450 pages. So much for ‘real page count.’ But do not let that stop you. Collins was a master of his craft and keeps the story moving at a lively pace.
I’m afraid I won’t be posting again for a while. I’m going back to The Luminaries and hoping not to have forgotten too much. Approaching the halfway point on that one, but it’s almost twice as long as Moonstone, so it’s going to take a while. So far, its extremely gripping with more questions piling up as each gets answered. Catton is quite good at differentiating her characters, though when there are so many it’s always something of a challenge to keep their stories straight.
And here is Cuff among the roses: