Basil

Basil

by Wilkie Collins

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Overview

William Wilkie Collins fue un novelista, dramaturgo y autor de relatos cortos inglés. Fue muy popular en su tiempo, dejando escritas 27 novelas, más de 60 relatos cortos, al menos 14 obras de teatro y más de 100 obras de no ficción.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783734021381
Publisher: Outlook Verlag
Publication date: 09/23/2018
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 - 23 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and short story writer. His best-known works are The Woman in White (1859), No Name (1862), Armadale (1866) and The Moonstone (1868). The last is considered the first modern English detective novel.
Born into the family of painter William Collins in London, he lived with his family in Italy and France as a child and learned French and Italian. He worked as a clerk for a tea merchant. After his first novel, Antonina, was published in 1850, he met Charles Dickens, who became a close friend, mentor and collaborator. Some of Collins's works were first published in Dickens' journals All the Year Round and Household Words and the two collaborated on drama and fiction.
Collins published his best known works in the 1860s and achieved financial stability and an international reputation. During that time he began suffering from gout. After taking opium for the pain, he developed an addiction. During the 1870s and 1880s the quality of his writing declined along with his health.

Date of Birth:

December 8, 1824

Date of Death:

September 23, 1889

Place of Birth:

London, England

Place of Death:

London, England

Education:

Studied law at Lincoln¿s Inn, London

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Basil 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
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SheReadsNovels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Our narrator, the Basil of the title, is the son of a rich gentleman who is proud of his family's ancient background and despises anyone of a lower social standing. When Basil meets Margaret Sherwin on a London omnibus he falls in love at first sight and becomes determined to marry her. Unfortunately Margaret is the daughter of a linen-draper, the class of person Basil's father disapproves of most of all, so he decides not to tell his family about her just yet.Mr Sherwin agrees to Basil marrying Margaret - but he insists that the wedding must take place immediately and that Basil must then keep the marriage secret for a whole year, not even seeing his wife unless Mr or Mrs Sherwin are present. This unusual suggestion should have told Basil that something suspicious was going on but he's so blinded by love that he doesn't care - until it's too late... Basil was one of Collins' earliest novels and it shows, as it's just not as good as his more famous books such as The Woman in White. The story took such a long time to really get started, with Basil introducing us to the members of his family, giving us every tiny detail of their appearance, personality and background. The second half of the book was much more enjoyable, filled with action, suspense and all the elements of a typical sensation novel including death, betrayal and adultery (Victorian readers apparently found the adultery scenes particularly shocking). There are lots of thunderstorms, people fainting and swooning, fights in the street, and everything you would expect from a Victorian melodrama.All of Collins' books are filled with strong, memorable characters and this was no exception. There's Basil's lively, carefree brother Ralph, his gentle, kind hearted sister Clara, the poor, frail Mrs Sherwin and the sinister Mr Mannion. However, I thought the overall writing style of this book was slightly different to what I've been used to in his later books ¿ although I can't put my finger on exactly what the difference was. This is not a must-read book but if you like the sensation novel genre, you'll probably enjoy this one.
CareALotsClouds on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
'Basil', being one of Collins earlier works, was never going to be as exciting or thrilling as his later novels 'The Woman in White' and 'The Moonstone'. I ventured to expect this when I voluntarily picked this book up to see the roots of the later masterpieces. 'Basil' is the beginning of the mystery thriller that Collins would adopt later on, and the inferiority of his treatment of this genre is easy to see. Whereas in 'The Moonstone' things were difficult to predict, and unable to see where things are going, the signs in 'Basil' are not discreet enough, there are no red herrings, what you read are the glaringly obvious hints that lead the story on and lead you to guess the subsequent events. This makes reading 'Basil' a lot less thrilling to read, and will pale in comparison to what you may have read in TWIW and TM. If you have not read these two novels, and you want to give Collins a try, this is not a good introduction (unless you take the length of the novel into account, which took me a day to read, whilst his later novels take three days). There is too much foreshadowing, and too much of it is made very clear. 'Basil' has a good basic plot, his characters well drawn out, but verging on stereotypical which is demonstrated on Basil's first dream of the two ladies in his life. One is dark, shrouded by wood in shadows, the other is pure and white, illuminated by sunshine and pleasant landscape. This is the basic concept of Margaret, his deceitful wife, and Clara, his virtuous sister. The protagonist can be difficult to like sometimes, his reasoning can be unconvincing, and his actions verge on stupidity, not on behalf of the character, but on behalf of Collins, on creating him. Other drawbacks are seen in the plot holes, and things that just wouldn't make logical sense of any person to act. Such as Robert writing a whole confession on everything he had done, leaving evidence of himself and Margaret to other eyes. On top of that, he chooses to omit certain details of his confession which seems nothing more than a scape goat of Collins as he cannot think of a decent enough argument that might have swayed Margaret to act as she did (though her motives are clumsingly added later on). This early work has flaws, but it's only a short work, and if you wanted to enlighten yourself of Collins' earlier work, this would be a good place to start as it foreshadows many themes to take hold of later novels, and also seems to have quite a bit of autobiographical detail which can allude to his secret life with his mistresses (the protagonist also has the exact same interest as Collins regarding his career). By all means, pick this book up, it's surely inferior, but it's highly readable and satisfies many curiosities that one may have of the author.
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jmaloney17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is ok. I want to read some other books by this author to see if I did not like the writing or if this book is just an inferior work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Walks in* Hey!
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Back... but no ones here
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"Thanks" looks through till i find a drill droid. I thake my jedi robe off and get to work "might take awhile"
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Concealed his lightsaber in his cloak, keeping a hood over his face. Searching the crowd for the master of disguse
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Hops down and siits on a rock in a field.
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Redirect all their firepower at the Wookies.
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Quietly talks with lt.Thire and cpl.alpha
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Summons all his energy and the energy of those around him and uses it to virtually render the station useless. Light fixtures explode, wires catch on fire, droids turn hostile, and airlocks are ripped open.
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Lava erupts near Tylers V Wing.
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At 'Zop', All results. First result is the instructions, Second is the Application Book, and in the thrd, you are told wether you made it in or not, and then the title of the book you go to is provided for you.
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Flies to endor (gtgbbl)
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Diantria walked in.
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He gies up to the left side and shocks one of the stormtroopers. ((Suddenly wishing astromech droids could do more...))
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She sprints up next to the commander, jogging beside him.
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What does rp mean? Btw my bros loooovve star wars! And its Mace Windu, jsuk!
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She looks around.
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I know. I'll get it up soon.)))