The Moonstone (Penguin Classics)

The Moonstone (Penguin Classics)

Wilkie Collins, Sandra Kemp


"When you appeared down into the stone, you seemed right into a yellow deep that drew your eyes into it in order that they observed not anything else."

The Moonstone, a yellow diamond looted from an Indian temple and believed to deliver undesirable success to its proprietor, is bequeathed to Rachel Verinder on her eighteenth birthday. That very evening the precious stone is stolen back and whilst Sergeant Cuff is introduced in to enquire the crime, he quickly realizes that not anyone in Rachel’s family is above suspicion. Hailed through T. S. Eliot as "the first, the longest, and the easiest of recent English detective novels," The Moonstone is a marvellously taut and complicated story of puzzle, during which evidence and reminiscence can turn out treacherous and never everyone seems to be as they first appear.

Sandra Kemp’s creation examines The Moonstone as a piece of Victorian sensation fiction and an early instance of the detective style, and discusses the means of a number of narrators, the position of opium, and Collins’s assets and autobiographical references.

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