Plot Summary: In need of a vacation, a young English attorney (the narrator of the story) decides to visit extended relations in America. But upon arriving at the little farm in the countryside, he discovers that all is not right in this tense environment. There is an all-out war between the elder farmer, his hired hand, and the younger generation of sons. And a pretty American girl caught in the middle of the drama…
My Book Review: I immensely enjoyed The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins. So, as often is the result of something I love, I went in search of more books by same author. This is my next foray into the Collins canon. A novella really, this took no time at all for me to finish; it was a pretty easy read.
I found it moderately interesting, could predict some of what would happen, but novellas and short stories are not really my thing. I did not realize it was so short when I ordered it through my library system. But, I read it and was glad to add another title to last year’s list of books read.
Collins paints a good descriptive atmosphere that one could feel. I like that in a book. I might forget the details of what happened, but I carry the feel of a story around with me. I also thought the content gave some fodder for the brain. SPOILER: Even though the brothers did not commit murder as the town believed, their actions of hatred leading up to the dramatic episode in question reaped hard consequences. Jago was not physically dead, yet they had ‘murdered him in their hearts’ and were paying the price. One man lost his fiancé in the whole matter… to another man much more deserving. END OF SPOILER.
If you want to stretch yourself to read something a little deeper but are not used to thick tomes or heavy vocabulary, I would recommend this book to you. As an added bonus, the story is loosely based on a true story. There is benefit to be gained by it, and will not require much time. Another score in my book for Collins!
*This story also goes by the title, “The Dead Alive.”
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