Poor Miss Finch

Poor Miss Finch

by Wilkie Collins

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Overview

This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783734021305
Publisher: Outlook Verlag
Publication date: 09/23/2018
Pages: 382
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Wilkie Collins

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

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Note on the Text xxiv
Select Bibliography xxv
A Chronology of Wilkie Collins xxvii
Poor Miss Finch
Explanatory Notes 428

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Poor Miss Finch 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a nice change from the usual Collins mystery. He concentrates on the characters and their reaction to events going on around them. The reader knows who is doing what to whom the for the better part of the book. The only mystery is how the characters will all end up. As dull as this may sound, it is really quite good. This is definitely worth reading if you are a fan of Collins' work.
SheReadsNovels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having read all four of Wilkie Collins' most popular books (The Woman in White, Armadale, No Name and The Moonstone), I am now exploring his less popular novels. This one, Poor Miss Finch, was published in 1872 and unlike most of the books that preceded it, is not really a 'sensation novel', although it does have certain sensational elements (mysterious strangers, theft, assault, letters being intercepted, mistaken identities etc). It's actually an interesting study into what it's like to be blind since infancy and the emotions a person experiences on learning that there may be a chance of regaining their sight.This book handles the topic of blindness in a sensitive and intriguing way. It's obvious that Collins had done a lot of research into the subject and the results are fascinating. He discusses the theory that when a person is blind their other senses improve to compensate for their lack of sight and he weighs up the advantages and disadvantages there would be if this person then regained their sight. I had never even thought about some of the aspects of blindness that are mentioned in the book.The characters, as usual, are wonderful - most of them anyway. Lucilla, the 'Poor Miss Finch' of the title, is not very likeable (she has a tendency to throw foot-stamping tantrums when she doesn't get her own way) but I loved Madame Pratolungo - she was such an amusing and engaging narrator! We also meet Reverend Finch, Lucilla's father, who chooses to recite Hamlet at the most inappropriate moments, and his wife, Mrs Finch, who is 'never completely dressed; never completely dry; always with a baby in one hand and a novel in the other'. With Lucilla's little half-sister Jicks, Collins even makes a three year old girl into an unusual and memorable character.Although I thought parts of the plot felt contrived, the story did become very gripping towards the end. This was an interesting and thought provoking read, and if you have enjoyed any other Wilkie Collins books, then I suspect you might enjoy this one too.
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