Tuesday, April 30, 2024

1000 Books Project 2024 - The Moonstone Final Discussion

If you have not been reading along, be aware of potential spoilers ahead.

I really enjoyed this book! I think I'm liking Collins' books almost as much as Dickens. 

The conclusion was quite satisfying, especially since I suspected Godfrey Ablewhite, and before he was revealed as the dead sailor, I knew it was him. Not sure why...he just rubbed me the wrong way. Goody two shoes, gold digger. Ha!

I was impressed with how Collins dealt with such kindness to characters like Ezra Jennings and Gooseberry. He illustrated that smarts, usefulness, and merit are not solely attributes of those who look normal. Ezra Jennings' story was particularly heartbreaking. His selflessness in not bringing a shadow into Franklin Blake's happiness because of his death was remarkable. Such a sad passing that was.

This was a first class mystery with no real murder until the end. It was fun reading the techniques that were adopted to find out the truth behind the stealing of the diamond.

What did you think of the book? Share any and all thoughts in the comments.

Next up...

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens. Because he is Dickens after all, Mustich does not focus on just one book by the prolific author. His write up about Dickens in 1000 Books can be found on pages 215 - 222, with commentary on Nicholas Nickleby on page 218. He refers to the book as "Pure Storytelling Bliss." (This text is from the introduction/sign-up post for this year's project.)

This read-along will run from June to September. I will post the reading schedule in May.