May, 2020: "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins
|Author: Wilkie Collins|
|Reading started: April 20th, 2020|
|Current progress: N/A|
|Reading ended: May 29th, 2020. This book was abandoned after 39 days. Why?|
|Final review score: N/A|
DescriptionWikipedia: Rachel Verinder, a young English woman, inherits a large Indian diamond on her eighteenth birthday. It is a legacy from her uncle, a corrupt British army officer who served in India. The diamond is of great religious significance and extremely valuable, and three Hindu priests have dedicated their lives to recovering it. The story incorporates elements of the legendary origins of the Hope Diamond (or perhaps the Orloff Diamond or the Koh-i-Noor diamond). Rachel’s eighteenth birthday is celebrated with a large party at which the guests include her cousin Franklin Blake. She wears the Moonstone on her dress that evening for all to see, including some Indian jugglers who have called at the house. Later that night the diamond is stolen from Rachel’s bedroom, and a period of turmoil, unhappiness, misunderstandings and ill luck ensues. Told by a series of narratives from some of the main characters, the complex plot traces the subsequent efforts to explain the theft, identify the thief, trace the stone and recover it.
I listened to this novel as an audio book read by Phoebe Judge on the podcast "Phoebe Reads a Mystery".
Why was this book abandoned?The Moonstone was pretty entertaining until about half-way through the second narrator’s story. Then I completely lost interest, and decided I could use my time for something else.
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