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Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector s Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles Macmillan Collector s Library are books to love and treasure One of the great Victorian novels, The Moonstone has engrossed, entertained and enraptured readers since its first publication inThis edition features an introduction by the renowned historian, journalist and author, Judith Flanders Lady Verinder s uncle gives her the Moonstone a magnificent diamond as large as an egg for her eighteenth birthday, but it is not quite the generous gift it first seems For he obtained it through bloody and nefarious means in India, and legend says the diamond s guardians will stop at nothing to get it back When the Moonstone is stolen, an innocent man is accused of the crime and from this simple beginning, Wilkie Collins creates a stunning, complex narrative of dark mystery, suspense and atmosphere and one of the very first detective stories ever written Recommended to me by a friend as essential reading after I d enjoyed The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale, as one of the blueprints for the detective fiction genre I found The Moonstone to be a real page turner a cast of very engaging characters, not all of whom are particularly likeable step forward the wonderfully awful Miss Clack a clever plot with cliffhangers a plenty and a satisfactory d nouement.I particularly enjoyed the style of using several different narrators throughout the book to add different viewpoints of the same event, thereby gradually revealing the story and adding twists where previous narrators have omitted key information to suit their own ends This technique can have the tendency to be clumsy and repetitive, but it was very effective in this novel.There s also quite a refreshing portrayal of the female characters in this story for the period in which is was written 1860s whilst there are some stereotypical Victorian gender roles presented in the views of some of the male characters and the aforementioned Miss Clack, these are often presented in a satirical way so that the reader is invited to laugh at these strict views The female protagonists on the other hand are mostly presented by the author as strong, assertive characters in their own right, their actions having a pivotal role in the story.A thoroughly enjoyable read. Impossible to read It s as though it s been translated from a foreign language into English by someone who doesn t speak English I have tried to obtain a refund but doesn t appear to have worked Avoid this edition Couldn t post this comment without giving one star but absolutely doesn t merit one An exciting yarn told by a number of delightfully drawn characters.Ingenious and colourful throughout, but maybe just a bit too long drawn out for modern attention spans. El libro es grande y pesado, pero el texto ocupa la mitad de la p gina, con una letra muy peque a.Como si fuera la fotocopia de un libro de bolsillo.Eso si, es muy barato