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This is probably my third or fourth time of reading it. The thrill and expectation of wondering whodunnit remains. I love the different narratives, Betteredge is certainly my favourite and I would love to know more about Mrs Betteredge.

Very strong narrative drive, and wonderful characters. Not one soppy woman anywhere. Even Ms Clack's voice is fun to read, particulary her 'generosity' with her pamphlets.

Poor Ezra Jennings - what are we supposed to understand from his illness and his past. Does anyone have any ideas?

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The BGO Book Group did The Moonstone as a group read a couple of years ago. You might like to read the threads dating from that time, down in the Book Group Archive.

The threads are not closed, so you can add your thoughts here if you wish.

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The BGO Book Group did The Moonstone as a group read a couple of years ago. You might like to read the threads dating from that time, down in the Book Group Archive.The threads are not closed, so you can add your thoughts here if you wish.

Have been reading this book for the past couple of weeks and have very nearly finished. Will pull up the archive and see what people have said when I have finished. Agree with one of the previous posts that Betteridge is my favourite narrator. His insistence that any need advice can be gained between the covers of Robinson Crusoe is such a lovely idea and tells of a gentler time and place.

 

As is also stated although Miss Clack is not partulary likeable she is very readable and had me laughing out loud at times.

 

I am really enjoying Willi Collins and am only sorry that I have not read any of his books before as he is remarkably easy to read.

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Have been reading this book for the past couple of weeks and have very nearly finished. Will pull up the archive and see what people have said when I have finished. Agree with one of the previous posts that Betteridge is my favourite narrator. His insistence that any need advice can be gained between the covers of Robinson Crusoe is such a lovely idea and tells of a gentler time and place.

As is also stated although Miss Clack is not partulary likeable she is very readable and had me laughing out loud at times.

I am really enjoying Willi Collins and am only sorry that I have not read any of his books before as he is remarkably easy to read.

Have now finished this book and I have to admit although I had an idea of the culprit I would never have guessed what had actually occurred. Wilkie Collins really does tell a good story and although quite drawn out his books are never boring. Considering the time in which the novels were written some of the ideas are very clever.

 

I also like the portrayal of the characters involved. There were characters I loved and others whom I thoroughly disliked and virtually from the beginning of the novel I felt as if I cared Bout the outcome.

 

One thing that I did notice was the way that the "Three Indians" were constantly referred to as Hindoos. In our multicultural society many religions are practiced on a daily basis and no one really stands out. Due to distance and the lack of travel many religions or cultures would have been little heard of here and the author seemed to feel the need to keep referring to the fact that they were Hindoo in a way that would be unnecessary now.

 

Overall The Moonstone was Thoroughly good read and although I wanted to know the outcome I was sorry to come to the end.

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I've listened to the audiobook of this twice now and heartily recommend it.  The characterisation is excellent (the narrator of my version is Peter Jeffrey) and the plot lends itself well to the spoken word format, as do many Victorian novels.

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Not to derail the thread but did you know that The Moonstone is on BBC over the Christmas period?

Thanks for that Luna. I had dropped a number of hints to RG regarding a possible DVD of the nineties version but if it is being re-run it saves the bother. I will really look forward to that as I do like to see productions of books after having read them!

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To derail it further, there's a great adaptation of "The Woman in White" with Andrew Lincoln and Tara Fitzgerald issued in 1997.  My daughter, niece, and I tried to watch it with the lights off and slowly had to turn more and more lamps and overhead lights until the room was ablaze with light.  And we were still scared.

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Thanks for that Luna. I had dropped a number of hints to RG regarding a possible DVD of the nineties version but if it is being re-run it saves the bother. I will really look forward to that as I do like to see productions of books after having read them!

Don't think it's a rerun, Cherrypie but I can't for the life of me remember what channel it's on. Will look out for the advert again and pay attention, I want to see it too.

 

 

ETA It's on Sky 1HD - yes it is but the programme I'm talking about is MoonFLEET not Moonstone, sorry

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