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Monday, May 11, 2009

Next up: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

The next novel I am reading is The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. It will be interesting to compare and contrast the styles of Collins and Dickens, who were collaborators. Collins' novels tend to be plot driven whereas Dickens focuses on character development. One can foreknow the plot of a Dickens novel and still enjoy it because Dickens' style and characterization are what make his works enjoyable. While both men are able to create memorable characters, one could argue that Dickens' characters have more depth. Nevertheless, Collins is probably one of the most talented storytellers of the Victorian era.

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