Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I had never heard of The Woman in White before reading The Thirteenth Tale, which made references to it, but I am SO glad that the name stuck with me.
It was beautifully, poetically, and artiscally written. I will admit that at times, passages got away from me because they were almost overwhelmingly lengthy, but they were worth re-reading.
The Woman in White is a classic classic. There is a class struggle or clash which parts two of the protagonists despite their obvious love for one another. There is a marriage of convenience and deeply buried secrets that have moral and financial implications. There is an over-arching battle between good and evil and an even fiercer battle of wits that culminates in justice for all.
I do not want to get into specifics because if you have the patience to read it, you will want to unravel the mysteries little by little as the writer intended.
I forgot to mention that the story is told by multiple narrators. What a clever way to familiarize the reader with the different characters and their thought processes! It also allows the reader to compare the biased story-telling and ascertain for themselves who is being truthful, who is being naive, and who is being manipulative.
Posted by Denise at 8:52 PM