Monday, February 24, 2014

#WilkieWinter EPOCH THE THIRD!

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I was down to the last 100 pages. Work was swirling around my head. Wedding plans were dragging at my heels. AND I JUST WANTED TO FINISH THE BOOK.

Which I did, in a fit of insomnia at 3am, and I've decided that was probably the perfect end to this thrilling book!

Spoilers ahead!

I really wasn't sure how ole Wilkie was going to resolve all of the issues in this section, but I think he did it quite well. Here's a bullet-pointed list of some thoughts. 

  • That dagnabbed FOSCO! I was truly surprised when Wilkie brought Pesca back into the story and how that led to Fosco's undoing. Was it a little too convenient and "hand of Godly?" A bit. But it did not damage my enjoyment of the story. it was kind of nice to know from Fosco's own hand how all the things went down, though I felt like I'd already deduced most of that stuff in the letter myself. Do you agree?
  • OMG, Sir Percival Glyde! I did not expect your bastardly beginnings! And I did not expect him to be so easily dead. 
  • Marian is the shit. It's a shame that old, corpulent, scheming Fosco is absolutely the only man attracted to her in the whole doorstop of a book. 
  • Laura was a soul-sucking gray void. I just wanted to tell her to smell some salts and get over herself.
This was a really enjoyable, and at times genuinely suspenseful, novel. I'm extremely glad I finally read it, and I'm itching to read more classics, even if it'll be a while before Wilkie and I get back together. I feel certain I will read The Moonstone one of these days. 

For now? Maybe some shorter classics to help me recover from six weeks of The Woman in White. Part of me wishes I'd had more time and motivation and read it quicker, as I think I might not have gotten bogged down in some spots that I found a bit boggy. 

Thank you to Amanda and Heatheroo for helping shape this journey! 



8 comments:

  1. Ha! I love your bullet points. #1 I agree that Fosco's undoing was a little convenient, but fine. I also thought that it was a little quick. A book written now would have made his undoing the major part of the plot, not just a fairly quick wrap-up at the end. #2 Unlike you, I did expect Glyde's "bastardly beginnings." I figured that out about half way through the book, but that didn't lessen my enjoyment. #3 Yes, I guess I did like Marian pretty well, but I didn't love her. #4 Laura was a disgrace to the name (my name). Did men REALLY like such weak women back then? God, how uninteresting. No wonder they had mistresses. I will pick up The Moonstone someday soon to read too. I'm very glad for this read along. I'm not sure if I ever would have gotten around to reading this book otherwise-that's why I love reading book blogs!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! I agree with you about the quickness of Fosco's undoing. Though I suppose I did like him better alive. He was more schemey that way. lol And I agree with you wholeheartedly about Laura. Such a wet blanket, childlike, and who could be attracted to that?! Gah!

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  2. LMAO at Sir Percival's "Bastardly Beginnings." Indeed! I didn't see that coming!

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    1. Hahah! I thought of you when I typed that. And that sounds terrible, but you know what I mean.

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  3. Gotta agree with all of the above. I am so happy to have finally read this one but it was painful at times. It made me want to re-read Sarah Waters' Fingersmith. Thanks for helping me get this one under my belt!

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    1. I'm glad you were able to accomplish it with the group, Chris! It is nice to have a little extra motivation from reading along with friends. And Fingersmith is HIGH on my TBR!

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  4. Ugh, Laura. And also ugh that Walter would be into Laura when Marian is right there being awesome. Don't get me wrong, I think Marian's too good for Walter (I do not feel they are intellectual equals), but it's insane that anybody would fall in love with Laura when Marian is RIGHT THERE.

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  5. I just posted my review of the book today! I was pleasantly surprised with this one, and Marian MADE the story! She was awesome!!

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