The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Charles Dickens David Paroissien

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Mystery of Edwin Drood By Charles Dickens David Paroissien The Mystery of Edwin Drood Charles Dickens s final unfinished novel and one that has puzzled readers and inspired writers since its publication The Mystery of Edwin Drood is edited with an introduction by David Paroissien in

  • Title: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Author: Charles Dickens David Paroissien
  • ISBN: 9780140439267
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood By Charles Dickens David Paroissien Charles Dickens s final, unfinished novel, and one that has puzzled readers and inspired writers since its publication, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is edited with an introduction by David Paroissien in Penguin Classics.Edwin Drood is contracted to marry orphan Rosa Bud when he comes of age, but when they find that duty has gradually replaced affection, they agree to break oCharles Dickens s final, unfinished novel, and one that has puzzled readers and inspired writers since its publication, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is edited with an introduction by David Paroissien in Penguin Classics.Edwin Drood is contracted to marry orphan Rosa Bud when he comes of age, but when they find that duty has gradually replaced affection, they agree to break off the engagement Shortly afterwards, in the middle of a storm on Christmas Eve, Edwin disappears, leaving nothing behind but some personal belongings and the suspicion that his jealous uncle John Jasper, madly in love with Rosa, is the killer And beyond this presumed crime there are further intrigues the dark opium dens of the sleepy cathedral town of Cloisterham, and the sinister double life of Choirmaster Jasper, whose drug fuelled fantasy life belies his respectable appearance Dickens died before completing The Mystery of Edwin Drood, leaving its tantalising mystery unsolved and encouraging successive generations of readers to turn detective.This edition contains an introduction by David Paroissien, discussing the novel s ending, with a chronology, notes, original illustrations by Samuel Luke Fildes, appendices on opium use in the nineteenth century, the Sapsea Fragment and Dickens s plans for the story s conclusion.Charles Dickens is one of the best loved novelists in the English language, whose 200th anniversary was celebrated in 2012 His most famous books, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and The Pickwick Papers, have been adapted for stage and screen and read by millions.If you enjoyed The Mystery of Edwin Drood, you might like Dickens s Little Dorrit, also available in Penguin Classics.
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    1. Evgeny on said:

      This is a group read with the following people myself Yes, this has got to be the loneliest group read I have ever participated in The novel is an unfinished mystery from a classic of English literature In the unfinished form my edition has around 230 pages and the actual mystery happens at 66% of the book length Thus if I say what exactly the mystery is for all practical purposes it would be a complete spoiler However from the title is can be deduced the mystery is connected to one of the chara [...]

    2. Simona Bartolotta on said:

      REREAD 12 2017 Seriously, there are so many clues in here My head hurts Happily, though 4.5 And yet there are such unexplored romantic nooks in the unlikeliest men, that even old tinderous and touchwoody P J T Possibly Jabbered Thus, at some odd times, in or about seventeen forty seven The Mystery of Edwin Drood is contained in a book I m currently reading in Italian, namely La verit sul caso D in English The D Case or The Truth About the Mystery of Edwin Drood by Fruttero and Lucentini, therefo [...]

    3. MJ Nicholls on said:

      An incomplete Dickens novel is like a half finished jigsaw How do you rate a half finished jigsaw This fragment, being Dickens, actually comprises about 1.5 3 of the intended work, but still isn t enough to want to invest oneself emotionally and intellectually in the characters and plot happenings for me, anyway In this instance, it may be wiser to skip the book and head straight for the recent BBC adaptation much as it pains me to recommend TV over text Still not without its usual charms and fl [...]

    4. Glenn Sumi on said:

      More like 3.5 stars, but having read many Dickens novels, this isn t one of his best so I m rounding down to 3I came to The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, Dickens s last and unfinished novel, by chance.Earlier this year I d read The Last Dickens, Matthew Pearl s novel about the mystery surrounding Dickens s final book Pearl s literary thriller involved murder, opium addiction, autobiographical elements about Dickens s American speaking tour and affairs, international publishing rights, bookaneers look [...]

    5. Nancy Oakes on said:

      I knew at the outset that Dickens died before he had the chance to finish this novel, but I didn t realize how incredibly frustrated I was going to be because of it It seems that he was just getting somewhere, and that there was going to be some climactic action coming up shortly, and then poof No book But on the other hand, it was so good getting to that point, and as noted, I am aware that The Mystery of Edwin Drood was unfinished, so I can t say that I was all that frustrated, really It s th [...]

    6. Yani on said:

      Otra vez me veo en la tarea de rese ar libros inconclusos sin ser muy espec fica y, a la vez, sinti ndome rid cula por no serlo.El misterio de Edwin Droodtuvo la mala suerte de quedar trunco por el fallecimiento de Dickens, a pesar de que luego muchos aventuraron el nombre del asesino imposible no hacerlo Dickens dej justo ese espacio para rellenar, en la parte en donde todo parece encaminarse hacia el nombre del culpable y despu s el abismo No hay nada En esta edici n, al menos, a adieron una n [...]

    7. Vanessa Wu on said:

      I don t know what made me buy this book and start reading it The first few pages were torture I knew the novel was unfinished At least it would be short But why even bother at all Then gradually there appeared light in the murk Uncle and nephew, Jack and Eddy, got out their nuts and started to talk about Pussy.No one does dialogue like Dickens It is crisp, clear, entertaining and lifelike Even the way the men crack their nuts adds to the drama.Dickens is completely unafraid of sentiment He allow [...]

    8. Annelies on said:

      Another lovely Dickens, though unfinished His style is grandiose He really mastered it in this unfinished book The irony is to the point His characterisation is superb What to say of a wonderful piece of writing by so great an author Minor point unfinished

    9. Kyle on said:

      I only partially like Dickens, so in my continuing effort to change my ways regarding Mr Charles, I thought I would read a Dickens book that was only partially finished Turns out that idea actually is as bad as it sounds I don t really feel like writing a involved review, so I ll keep it short and sweet If you already like Charles Dickens, you ll probably like this book though likely not as much as his other, complete, work If you re like me and are largely ambivalent towards Charles Dickens, [...]

    10. Alan on said:

      Dickens begins Drood with a notable variation on the rhetoric of, say, Fog Everywhere in Bleak House Then follow white elephants caparisoned is a fantastic portrayal, avowed to be an invasion of a fantastic consciousness Dickens prior intimacy with his characters has been limited to the I narrative, his portrayal of other characters depending largely on his command of their words in dialog and his descriptive rhetoric in landscaping the situation The author ruptures narrative distance in this on [...]

    11. James on said:

      What a great book and what a great shame for us and him that Dickens never lived to complete it Despite all the suggested answers to the mystery and all the desperate attempts to complete this novel we will never knowwhat came next The version I read has the transcript of a trail held in London Covent Garden in 1914 to attempt to establish to guilt or otherwise of the main suspect quite rightly, the judge G K Chesterton ruled, after a long long hearing that all were in contempt of court and sent [...]

    12. Tristram on said:

      Frustration or Fascination Reading Dickens s last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood can be a source of both frustration and fascination, for the one reason that is far easily explained than borne that Dickens died while he was midway in writing the story and that he did not leave any notes allowing us to draw conclusions as to how the mystery of Edwin Drood s disappearance we do not even know for sure that he has been killed will be cleared up.The story in a nutshell We have a young, rather hap [...]

    13. TheSkepticalReader on said:

      Will not be rating this for obvious reasons it s unfinished.

    14. Stacy LeVine on said:

      THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD took me a whopping 10 months to conquer That kicks the ass of former record holder MOBY DICK, which took me four.The tedium that slows MOBY DICK results from the plot amounting to a mere short story The vast majority of nearly 600 pages constitutes a scientific treatise on whales, which can be testy to the patience of a fiction fan even a fiction fan with random cetacean obsessions such as myself The tedium that slowsDROOD, however, is downright maddening.This Dickenso [...]

    15. Peter on said:

      Well, it is rather hard to evaluate a book when it is yet to be completed, but this book will not be concluded, so I must judge it not by its cover, but rather by its incomplete promise This book marks a fresh style for Dickens While all his books have some mystery in them, they are not mystery novels as such Here, however, we do have a mystery as our title tells us In the early going Dickens develops a wonderful tone with the fictional cathedral town of Cloisterham and offers a grand opening in [...]

    16. Paul Brogan on said:

      When Ernie produced The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the last Gentlemen s Book Club he took me to one side before the others could muscle in Here, he said, I knew you d be interested in this He was right After all, when we first formed the club I d expressed a particular interest in filling the Dickens shaped hole in my education I d rather had in mind something like Oliver Twist or The Pickwick Papers, but this seemed as good a place to start as any My knowledge of this particular book was scant [...]

    17. Jeanette"Astute Crabbist" on said:

      I ll tell you one thing for free the ending sucked DI don t know how to rate a book that s only half written due to author demise It s not my habit to read unfinished novels I only read this so I could see Dan Simmons jumping off point for his recent Drood novel Simmons used very little from Dickens story There s erratic behavior by an opium user, and some of the characters are similar, but Simmons book is really his own creation He focused on the lives of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins As [...]

    18. Laurel Hicks on said:

      I didn t finish reading this book because Dickens didn t finish writing it He died instead, thus creating a real mystery As Chesterton wrote, And alone, perhaps, among detective story writers, he never lived to destroy his mystery.

    19. LindaH on said:

      When I was young and foolish I skipped The Mystery of Edwin Drood because Charles Dickens never finished it, and how could I read anything and not know how it ended But that foolishness then allowed me now, forty years later, to discover this new to me Dickens text, and to read it from the beginning with the question, What is Dickens setting up here Indeed, my own expectation is that in the first half of a book the Problem has been announced and all the main characters their motives and flaws, n [...]

    20. Alex on said:

      This book is a complete enigma, least of all because it remained unfinished at Dickens death and no one knows the solution to the mystery of Edwin Drood s death As much as the clues point to Jasper being the killer, I can t help feeling it would be so much like Dickens to have Edwin return alive but it s not important, we ll never know There are flashes of the genius writer Dickens was that I know and love, particularly in the relationship between Edwin and Rosa who just can t get on despite be [...]

    21. Mary Lou on said:

      How does one rate half a mystery While other Dickens novels have had mysteries to solve, Drood seems to have of a whodunit flavor than, say Bleak House Regrettably, we shall never know whodunit or if a murder was even committed I m not convinced Despite this frustration, we re treated to the delightful Mr Crisparkle and his mother the prim and proper Miss Twinkleton the candid Mrs Billickin and the particularly Angular Mr Grewgious all wonderfully quirky and lovable We re also introduced to the [...]

    22. Ruthie Jones on said:

      Even his unfinished novel is brilliant Too bad Dickens died before Edwin Drood was finished, but what better way to go than to leave a captive audience hanging and wanting All the speculation and wondering will never reveal what the good author intended, but what is revealed is a glimpse into a novel that is and would have been purely Dickens Their way lies through strange places chapter 12 but no trace of Edwin Drood revisited the light of the sun chapter 15

    23. Summer on said:

      First book I ve finished in a month That s far too long for me.I wasn t planning on rating this book since it s an unfinished one, but the way it was going, it was definitely going to be at least 4 stars for me, so I decided to go ahead with that thought Gosh, it just leaves you hanging, though That woman that just got introduced at the end was going to tie everything together, I just know it GAH Part of me thinks Dickens died before finishing this on purpose it s just too coincidental to me P A [...]

    24. Tim on said:

      Toughest book to rate, EVER The final novel from a master but exactly half finished That makes a five star rating out of the question, but can I give it four when it isn t otherwise truly great Well, I did Maybe I ll change the rating daily four, three, four, three for the rest of my life The Mystery of Edwin Drood opens with three men and a woman sprawled across an unseemly bed, two of the men in a stupor, the woman smoking opium, and, emerging himself from a haze, John Jasper, a man who will f [...]

    25. Squire on said:

      Of course I knew it was incomplete before I started it even those who have never dared a Dickens novel know that Dickens died leaving the mystery unsolved But, having only read three Dickens novels A Christmas Carol,David Copperfield, and Bleak House , I felt I had a good grasp on Charlie and his style to merit making this my fourth Dickens book.I was wrong I probably should have gone with Great Expectations or another of the titles sitting on my bookshelf.Dickens trademark eccentric caricatures [...]

    26. James on said:

      Four years, many speaking engagements, and a trip to America intervened between Charles Dickens penultimate novel and his final one, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.Ever since his involvement in a train accident in 1865 on his return from France, and perhaps even before, Dickens was ailing with a variety of illnesses, some of which were at least aggravated by overwork and his refusal to reduce his schedule It was thus in 1869 that he began writing his final novel of which the first six of the origina [...]

    27. Glen U on said:

      First off, if anybody else but Dickens had written this, I never would have read it Nobody reads an unfinished novel, unless the value lies in the writer and not in the story This is a story of a mystery, possibly a murder Because of the unfinished nature of the book, there are characters that seem superfluous and events that are incongruous But the writing is superlative Unlike some of his other works, his writing is a little sparse His narratives are still full of grand descriptions, his char [...]

    28. Ron on said:

      Fascinating The mystery is that this unfinished novel was ever published Perhaps, like the recent publication of Harper Lee s Go Set a Watchman earlier work, it was due to the avarice of the publishers rather than merits of the manuscript Dicken s last work, he may have been unable to complete the story because it was so dreadful The few flashes of Dickens insight and storytelling break through the gloom only emphasize how far Dickens was off his game We can only hope that, the revised final edi [...]

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