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Madly in love with Rosa is the killer And beyond this presumed crime there are further intrigues the dark opium dens of the sleepy cathedral town of Cloisterham and the sinister double life of Choirmaster Jasper whose drug fuelled fantasy life belies his respectable appearance Dickens died before completing The Mystery of Edwin Drood leaving its tantalising mystery unsolved and encouraging successive generations of readers to turn detectiveThis edition contains an introduction by David Paroissien discussing the novel's ending with a chronology notes original illus. REREAD 122017 Seriously there are so many clues in here My head hurts Happily though 45 And yet there are such unexplored romantic nooks in the unlikeliest men that even old tinderous and touchwoody P J T Possibly Jabbered Thus at some odd times in or about seventeen forty seven The Mystery of Edwin Drood is contained in a book I m currently reading in Italian namely La verit sul caso D in English The D Case or The Truth About the Mystery of Edwin Drood by Fruttero and Lucentini therefore I thought it was the perfect occasion for me to read Dickens s last and unfinished work in its original language as wellIt s unfinished yes but is it my fault if this man possesses this uncanny ability to make me fall in love with even half a story and half a crimeMr Jasper and Mr Grewgious are two unforgettable characters each of them for his own reasons The latter especially is one of those characters you can t help but being grateful to have met And Jasper well he has so many faces that 150 years have passed by and we still haven t got the hang of him besides he is vicious and eerie all you want but he does know his way with words Up to a point someone should tell him that when you declare yourself you usually stop before the threats But don t tell me his I loved you madly speech didn t make you swoon a little ad shiver for several reasons a lot You totally know what I mean

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Trations by Samuel Luke Fildes appendices on opium use in the nineteenth century the 'Sapsea Fragment' and Dickens's plans for the story's conclusionCharles Dickens is one of the best loved novelists in the English language whose 200th anniversary was celebrated in 2012 His most famous books including Oliver Twist Great Expectations A Tale of Two Cities David Copperfield and The Pickwick Papers have been adapted for stage and screen and read by millionsIf you enjoyed The Mystery of Edwin Drood you might like Dickens's Little Dorrit also available in Penguin Classi. I knew at the outset that Dickens died before he had the chance to finish this novel but I didn t realize how incredibly frustrated I was going to be because of it It seems that he was just getting somewhere and that there was going to be some climactic action coming up shortly and then poof No book But on the other hand it was so good getting to that point and as noted I am aware that The Mystery of Edwin Drood was unfinished so I can t say that I was all that frustrated really It s the getting to the end or the leave off point that mattered and it was a great ride I won t go over the storyplot here it is very well known Movies have been made I believe there was a stage production or two as well and there are as I saw written somewhere entire websites and pundits devoted to solving the mystery and playing what if in an effort to provide an ending This edition has a preface by Peter Ackroyd a Dickens biographer and an appendix by GK Chesterton Chesterton provides several theories about what may have followed if Dickens had been alive to finish his work One thing I read this on the heels of Dan Simmons most excellent novel Drood and it puts a lot into perspectiveI would definitely recommend it if you MUST have an ending then don t read it but as I said abovethe getting there is most of the fun Most excellent

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Charles Dickens's final unfinished novel and one that has puzzled readers and inspired writers since its publication The Mystery of Edwin Drood is edited with an introduction by David Paroissien in Penguin ClassicsEdwin Drood is contracted to marry orphan Rosa Bud when he comes of age but when they find that duty has gradually replaced affection they agree to break off the engagement Shortly afterwards in the middle of a storm on Christmas Eve Edwin disappears leaving nothing behind but some personal belongings and the suspicion that his jealous uncle John Jasper. From time to time I like to revisit the classics In 1870 Charles Dickens died from a stroke in the middle of writing The Mystery of Edwin Drood The book was never finished and there weren t a lot of details in any notes or conversations for anyone to fully know his intentions for the ending Readers were left with an open ended story and have to decide for themselves Years ago the book was converted to a script and performed on Broadway I meant to buy tickets but got distracted and never attended the show A friend of mine Medhat had it on his list to read so we decided to share a buddy read again this monthThe classics can be absolutely amazing and utterly dull I was a literature major and have read hundreds of them so I am allowed to admit it LOL In truth I will always find something I like about a book and that was my approach to this novel I adored Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol which gave me a good feeling about this one since I also adore mysteries Unfortunately it didn t register very high and left me slightly bewildered Not because of the lack of a conclusion but due to the style it was written inAt many points I saw where Agatha Christie might have gotten some inspiration I also liked how the story unraveled various plots with scenes that as isolated events were uite strong Unfortunately too many characters were introduced in odd ways with different names not because it was a draft work but because people had nicknames or alternative ways of referring to people they didn t actually know in person One of the other areas that bugged me a bit was the difference in Dickens style in this book I slipped back into 19th century dialog and prose but there was an excess of description at times when it wasn t necessary It slowed the story to the point I had to put it down and come back just to give myself a breakThat said it was written well in terms of language and vision I could tell where Dickens was going with the story and maybe if I hadn t read over 500 other mystery books in the last decade I might have been intrigued I recognize why he was a great writer and I applaud many of the sections that clearly showed his prowess the hidden words when Jasper was trying to find out who killed Drood the appearance in the last available chapter of a character we didn t expect to see the way in which a man expressed his love for a woman he was attracted toConsidering all these things I end up at an average 3 stars on this one I wouldn t recommend it for anyone who wants to start a Dickens novel and I wouldn t rate it high for cleverness in a mystery accounting for its lack of an ending I would suggest that it could help writers understand when and how to deliver emotion and subtlety in a scene I d also highlight the strong ability the author has to transport you to a physical setting I m looking forward to Medhat s review this week


10 thoughts on “The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  1. says:

    This is a group read with the following people myself Yes this has got to be the loneliest group read I have ever participated in The novel is an unfinished mystery from a classic of English literature In the unfinished form my edition has around 230 pages and the actual mystery happens at 66% of the book length Thus if I say what exactly th

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    The Mystery of Edwin Drood Charles DickensThe Mystery of Edwin Drood is the final novel by Charles Dickens origina

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    From time to time I like to revisit the classics In 1870 Charles Dickens died from a stroke in the middle of writing The Mystery of Edwin Drood The book was never finished and there weren't a lot of details in any notes or conversations for a

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    Mystery and detective novels are one of the most popular genres but have you ever wondered who wrote the first mystery novel?The Mystery of Edwin Drood first published in 1870 is certainly one of the earliest although not the first That privilege is due to a work in German published in 1819 and entitled “Das Fräulein von Scuderi” by the

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    An incomplete Dickens novel is like a half finished jigsaw How do you rate a half finished jigsaw? This fragment being Dick

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    ➡ REREAD 122017 Seriously there are so many clues in here My head hurts Happily though 45“And yet there are such unexplored romantic nooks in the unlikeliest men that even old tinderous and touchwoody P J T Possibly Jabbered Thus at some

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    More like 35 stars but having read many Dickens novels this isn't one of his best so I'm rounding down to 3I came to The Mystery Of Edwin Drood Dickens’s last and unfinished novel by chanceEarlier this year I’d read The Last Dickens Matthe

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    In cloisteresue Cloisterham John 'Jack' Jasper lives with his ward and nephew Mister Edwin Drood and teaches music to Drood's own betrothed the beguiling Rosa Meanwhile arriving at Cloisterham the Landless twins Neville and Helena of exotic advantage cause a disruption to the uiet and monotonous lives of those in this Cathedral CityCharles

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    I knew at the outset that Dickens died before he had the chance to finish this novel but I didn't realize how incredibly frustrated I was going to be because of it It seems that he was just getting somewhere and that there was going to be some climactic action coming up shortly and then poof No book But on the other hand it was so

  10. says:

    What a great book and what a great shame for us and him that Dickens never lived to complete it Despite all the suggested answers to 'the mystery' and all the desperate attempts to 'complete' this novel we will never knowwhat came next The version I read has the transcript of a 'trail' held in London Covent Garden in 1914 to attempt to establish to guilt or otherwise of the main suspect uite rightly the 'judge' G K Chesterton r

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