Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) was published in 1868, first appearing in the Dickens publicaton All Year Round. Belonging to the sensationalist genre, The Moonstone is considered the first modern detective story. It is the last of his four successful novels of the 1860s (The Woman in White, No Name, and Armadale being the first three), and is similar in structure to The Woman in White, having different characters narrate the events of the novel. The plot revolves around a sacred diamond, stolen from India during British occupation, that is given to Rachel Verinder on her 18th birthday. The disappearance of the diamond results in a search that takes many twists and turns.