#throwbackthursday

#throwbackthursday is a day for nostalgia and reminiscing, for a booklover, a perfect day to look back at a classic book…

The Woman in White,  Wilkie Collins

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The Woman in White is a sensationalist, detective/ ghost story.

Uses different characters voices and styles – diary entries, epistolary (letters) and narrative.

Our Protagonist, Walter, meets a woman dressed all in white who he in turn offers his assistance. He later discovers that this is Anne, who has escaped from an asylum. Walter proceeds  to take a job as a teacher to two half-sisters, and falls in love with Laura who is promised to another man and bears an uncanny resemblance to Anne.

Here follows a story with that many twists and turns, secrets and wrongdoings, villains where you would not expect and an exploration of the rights of married women at the time.

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The Woman in White is a Victorian sensation novel. Sensationalism was a literary movement between 1860-1880, a branch of Gothic literature and quite literally it is a story that uses your senses to thrill you and play will your emotions. It will always have a theme or topic that would be shocking (at the time), in the same way the media uses shock tactics in advertising i.e. an anti-abortion poster, without being unrealistic.

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This story is one of my favourites, I love classic literature and Gothic literature and this book actually made me breathless. Wilkie Collins was a genius, he had a law degree and was knowledgeable of the things he was writing about making the novel even more believable and shocking. I don’t want to give too much away so as to spoil story but I implore you to read it. It is an easy read, unlike many Victorian novels (Charles Dickens I’m looking at you!) and you will not be able to put it down!

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