The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Mystery of Edwin DroodFrom time to time, I like to revisit the classics In 1870, Charles Dickens died from a stroke in the middle of writing The Mystery of Edwin Drood The book was never finished, and there weren t a lot of details in any notes or conversations for anyone to fully know his intentions for the ending Readers were left with an open ended story and have to decide for themselves Years ago, the book was converted to a script and performed on Broadway I meant to buy tickets but got distracted and never attended the show A friend of mine, Medhat, had it on his list to read, so we decided to share a buddy read again this month.The classics can be absolutely amazing and utterly dull I was a literature major and have read hundreds of them, so I am allowed to admit it LOL In truth, I will always find something I like about a book and that was my approach to this novel I adored Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol, which gave me a good feeling about this one since I also adore mysteries Unfortunately, it didn t register very high and left me slightly bewildered Not because of the lack of a conclusion, but due to the style it was written in.At many points, I saw where Agatha Christie might have gotten some inspiration I also liked how the story unraveled various plots with scenes that, as isolated events, were quite strong Unfortunately, too many characters were introduced in odd ways with different names not because it was a draft work but because people had nicknames or alternative ways of referring to people they didn t actually know in person One of the other areas that bugged me a bit was the difference in Dickens style in this book I slipped back into 19th century dialog and prose, but there was an excess of description at times when it wasn t necessary It slowed the story to the point I had to put it down and come back just to give myself a break.That said, it was written well in terms of language and vision I could tell where Dickens was going with the story, and maybe if I hadn t read over 500 other mystery books in the last decade, I might have beenintrigued I recognize why he was a great writer, and I applaud many of the sections that clearly showed his prowess the hidden words when Jasper was trying to find out who killed Drood, the appearance in the last available chapter of a character we didn t expect to see, the way in which a man expressed his love for a woman he was attracted to.Considering all these things, I end up at an average 3 stars on this one I wouldn t recommend it for anyone who wants to start a Dickens novel, and I wouldn t rate it high for cleverness in a mystery accounting for its lack of an ending I would suggest that it could help writers understand when and how to deliver emotion and subtlety in a scene I d also highlight the strong ability the author has to transport you to a physical setting I m looking forward to Medhat s review this week REREAD 12 2017 Seriously, there are so many clues in here My head hurts Happily, though 4.5 And yet there are such unexplored romantic nooks in the unlikeliest men, that even old tinderous and touchwoody P J T Possibly Jabbered Thus, at some odd times, in or about seventeen forty seven The Mystery of Edwin Drood is contained in a book I m currently reading in Italian, namelyLa verit sul caso Din English The D Case or The Truth About the Mystery of Edwin Drood by Fruttero and Lucentini, therefore I thought it was the perfect occasion for me to read Dickens s last and unfinished work in its original language as well.It s unfinished, yes but is it my fault if this man possesses this uncanny ability to make me fall in love with even half a story and half a crime Mr Jasper and Mr Grewgious are two unforgettable characters, each of them for his own reasons The latter, especially, is one of those characters you can t help but being grateful to have met And Jasper, well, he has so many faces that 150 years have passed by, and we still haven t got the hang of him besides, he is vicious and eerie all you want, but he does know his way with words Up to a point someone should tell him that when you declare yourself you usually stop before the threats But don t tell me his I loved you madly speech didn t make you swoon a little ad shiver for several reasons a lot You totally know what I mean. The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Charles DickensThe Mystery of Edwin Drood is the final novel by Charles Dickens originally published in 1870 Though the novel is named after the character Edwin Drood, it focuseson Drood s uncle, John Jasper, a precentor, choirmaster and opium addict, who is in love with his pupil, Rosa Bud Miss Bud, Edwin Drood s fianc e, has also caught the eye of the high spirited and hot tempered Neville Landless Landless and Edwin Drood take an instant dislike to one another Later Drood disappears under mysterious circumstances 2018 1396 352 9789651284304 19 Mystery and detective novels are one of the most popular genres, but have you ever wondered who wrote the first mystery novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood first published in 1870, is certainly one of the earliest, although not the first That privilege is due to a work in German published in 1819, and entitledDas Fr ulein von Scuderiby the Prussian author E.T.A Hoffmann This influenced what many consider the first true mystery short story,The Murders in the Rue Morguewhich was written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1841 In 1860, Wilkie Collins wrote the novelThe Woman in White , followed byThe Moonstonein 1868 Two years later came Charles Dickens s The Mystery of Edwin Drood Then in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle introduced the public to Sherlock Holmes, leading to a huge surge in the popularity of mystery stories Crime and detective fiction has never looked back.Looking at the paucity of material in a genre which was in its infancy, it strikes us that two of these authors were friends with Charles Dickens Moreover, Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens were particularly close, often discussing their writing projects, and collaborating on several works Coincidence Hardly The fingerprints of both authors show throughout their later novels.The Mystery of Edwin Drood is Dickens s final work one which he was destined never to complete Ironically, it remained muchof a mystery than he ever intended it to be, although perhaps that would have caused him a wry smile Dickens loved mysteries, and his previous fourteen novels are peppered with mysterious strangers, age old family plots, mysteries of inheritance, embezzlement and fraud, secret family connections, characters who have the same names, doppelg ngers, mysterious coincidences, mistaken identities, and the like Mysteries and misdirections abound.Dickens also loved the supernatural, and had an eye for the grotesque and the macabre His works of fiction are thronged with wraiths and sceptres, ghosts, ghouls and tombs Put together the gruesome tales of Edgar Allan Poe and the fiendishly complex detective plots of Wilkie Collins, add a dash of darkly absurd humour, and you have Charles Dickens And nowhere is the mystery novelevident than in The Mystery of Edwin Drood It has teased scholars and the public alike ever since.Some think they have solved the mystery, but only half of the novel was ever written, and Dickens kept his cards very close to his chest Nor do we know what precisely the mystery is an unsolved disappearance or a murder story We have plenty of clues, not only in the text itself, but by comments he made to those close to him He told his mentor, John Forster, early on that he had an idea for a novel in which a nephew would be murdered by his uncle The illustrator Luke Fildes said that Dickens had told him, when they were discussing an illustration,I must have the double necktie It is necessary, for Jasper strangles Edwin Drood with itAnd Charley, Dickens s son said that when he asked his fatherOf course, Edwin Drood was murderedhe was told,Of course, what do you supposeand that Jasper was the murderer Dickens s sister in law, Georgina Hogarth also insisted she was in the know, saying to himI hope you haven t really killed poor Edwin Droodto receive the ambiguous reply,I call it the Mystery not the History of Edwin DroodDickens even offered to divulge his plans for the story to one of his greatest fans, Queen Victoria, at the start of the serialisation, but she refused, as she wished to read each thrilling installment as it was published.But was it all after all a double bluff Dickens gave hints to other members of his family and friends which were not always consistent with this And everyone was naturally convinced that they were privy to his closest, most reliable thoughts Earlier discarded titles for this book includeThe Loss of Edwin Brudesic and, interestinglyEdwin Drood in Hiding , which makes us wonder.Perhaps he was, after all, apprehensive about completing the novel He had taken a break of 5 years since writingOur Mutual Friendan unprecedented gap in his writing so far And to his daughter Katey, he wrote,If please, I live to finish it I say if, because you know, my dear child, I have not been strong latelyKatey s husband, Charles Collins, Wilkie Collins s brother, designed the cover illustration, but was too ill to work on the other illustrations The train accident which nearly claimed Dickens s life during the serialisation of his previous novel still plagued him He was increasingly ill and weak, finding it increasingly difficult to conceal his double life with Nelly Ternan, and refusing to cut back on any of his physically exhausting public readings He was slowly killing himself.Perhaps he would have had second thoughts, and monarch or no, artfully dodged out of revealing the answer Dickens often gleefully inserted red herrings, and altered many elements and characters, twisting the direction a story was to take mid stream For instance, he discarded the beginning ofGreat Expectationson the advice of a friend, significantly altering the fates of Pip and Estella And inMartin Chuzzlewitthe first four installments had already been published before Dickens even thought of sending the hero to the United States Yet nowadays, this is considered his American novel Characters such as Miss Mowcher inDavid Copperfield , frequently received a moral overhaul, when their real life counterparts publicly objected We can t really second guess Dickens s intentions from half a book He might not have known them himself.Charles Dickens excelled at depicting the sordid underbelly of society, and this novel is no exception It starts in an opium den run by a haggard woman, known asPrincess PufferAs he had countless times before, Dickens based this character on a person in real life, one whom he knew, having visited an opium den with friends in May of the previous year The old hag was based on Lascar Sal , who ran a well known opium den in the East End of London Lascar Sal was said to have looked like an 80 year old woman, although she was only 26 In the 19th century, such opium dens were common in China, Southeast Asia, North America and France They tended to be mostly used and run by the Chinese, because the suppliers of opium were Chinese, although they would prepare it for visiting non Chinese smokers too Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself frequented an opium den run by Ah Sing, otherwise known as John Johnston , who came from Amoy, in China He immortalised this den in his storyThe Man with the Twisted Lip. The descriptions in The Mystery of Edwin Drood are authentic, describing the long special opium pipes and oil lamps which were necessary to smoke the drug Patrons reclined so that they could better release and inhale the vapour.The mysterious, foggy atmosphere which permeates the novel is thus induced in the very first chapter John Jasper, pillar of the community, choirmaster of Cloisterham Cathedral, and uncle and guardian of the title character, Edwin Drood, is here, secretly smoking opium Our first view of him is thisShaking from head to foot, the man whose scattered consciousness has thus fantastically pieced itself together, at length rises, supports his trembling frame upon his arms, and looks around He isa dark man of some six and twenty, with thick, lustrous, well arranged black hair and whiskers. But Jasper is world weary, addicted to opium to dispel his ennui and boredom with his life, and lives at least part of the time in a confused drug induced state What we are never sure about, is how befuddled John Jasper really is His own ends are often disreputable and sinister view spoiler We see him mixing drugs to administer to others, for his own ends hide spoiler More like 3.5 stars, but having read many Dickens novels, this isn t one of his best so I m rounding down to 3I came to The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, Dickens s last and unfinished novel, by chance.Earlier this year I d read The Last Dickens, Matthew Pearl s novel about the mystery surrounding Dickens s final book Pearl s literary thriller involved murder, opium addiction, autobiographical elements about Dickens s American speaking tour and affairs, international publishing rights, bookaneers look up the term I d never heard it before Fascinating stuff.So I thought I d track down the source material I was also familiar with the musical based on Dickens s book the one in which the audience votes on the show s outcome I saw it in its most recent Broadway revival and quite enjoyed it The book itself, alas, isn t first rate Chuck D One of the main problems is the central character, Edwin, who s a bit of a cipher Edwin is engaged to his childhood sweetheart, Rosa Bud, who, like him, is an orphan Edwin doesn t have much ambition or personality Edwin and Rosa aren t terribly passionate about each other In fact, they relike siblings Edwin s uncle, John Jasper, is a muchcompelling figure Besides being an opium addict and some of the early scenes set in opium dens positively ooze with atmosphere , the haunted, lecherous and terribly unhappy Jasper is also the choirmaster at Cloisterham Cathedral In his spare time he acts as Rosa s music master, but it soon becomes clear that he d like to doto the girl than just teach her music Two twins from Ceylon, Neville and Helena Landless, also arrive in town Helena befriends Rosa, and her brother Neville is smitten with her Neville and Edwin get into a fight that was too subtle for me to really comprehend.Soon, during a requisite dark and stormy night, Edwin disappears Was he murdered If so, who did it Neville, having fought him, is under suspicion, and Jasper seems happy to point the finger at him Or does Edwin disappear only to reappear later in disguise A couple of characters mysteriously do indeed show up midway through the book We ll never know.Dickens plants lots of details that would likely have popped up later in the unraveling of the mystery a ring, a walking stick, a black scarf But a lot of the writing feels laboured, particularly involving minor characters And it s a big problem when you don t feel anything when your hero disappears Still, Dickens was a marvelous plotter, and it s unfair to comment on the book without knowing what he intended.If anything, this book makes me want to go back to Dickens s other books I ve read the biggies Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Oliver Twist , but there are still many left.Apparently this book was Dickens s attempt to write in the mystery genre that his friend, Wilkie Collins, had mastered So perhaps it s about time I read Collins s books like The Woman In White and The Moonstone I ve been meaning to anyway. An incomplete Dickens novel is like a half finished jigsaw How do you rate a half finished jigsaw This fragment, being Dickens, actually comprises about 1.5 3 of the intended work, but still isn t enough to want to invest oneself emotionally and intellectually in the characters and plot happenings for me, anyway In this instance, it may be wiser to skip the book and head straight for the recent BBC adaptation much as it pains me to recommend TV over text Still not without its usual charms and flourishes, howevs Now I have reached the end of my serialised Dickens quest, let me now pointlessly rate the works from favourite to not 1 Little Dorrit Sumptuous, heartbreakingnot an unmemorable moment.2 Our Mutual Friend Melancholy, dark, haunting and murderous 3 David Copperfield The reason first person narratives are no longer required 4 Nicholas Nickleby Extremely funny, rollicking picaresque esque number.5 A Tale of Two Cities Exceptionally moving and bloodthirsty historical novel.6 Oliver Twist Captivating child protagonist, fabulously vicious twists.7 The Pickwick Papers Dickens does straight comedy to much merriment.8 The Old Curiosity Shop Scariest villain and cutest child fatality.9 Bleak House Complex, powerful and yes, a wee bit overlong in places 10 Martin Chuzzlewit His second best comedy, starring the brilliant Pecksniff.11 Dombey and Son Extremely tense, extremely meandering But good.12 Barnaby Rudge Satire and history together in a messy, bloody epic, with parrots.13 Great Expectations Beautiful childhood reflections, less successful in adulthood.14 Hard Times Sublime character Gradgrind in choppy, hectoring effort.15 The Mystery of Edwin Drood Unfinished. Charles Dickens S Final, Unfinished Novel, And One That Has Puzzled Readers And Inspired Writers Since Its Publication, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood Is Edited With An Introduction By David Paroissien In Penguin ClassicsEdwin Drood Is Contracted To Marry Orphan Rosa Bud When He Comes Of Age, But When They Find That Duty Has Gradually Replaced Affection, They Agree To Break Off The Engagement Shortly Afterwards, In The Middle Of A Storm On Christmas Eve, Edwin Disappears, Leaving Nothing Behind But Some Personal Belongings And The Suspicion That His Jealous Uncle John Jasper, Madly In Love With Rosa, Is The Killer And Beyond This Presumed Crime There Are Further Intrigues The Dark Opium Dens Of The Sleepy Cathedral Town Of Cloisterham, And The Sinister Double Life Of Choirmaster Jasper, Whose Drug Fuelled Fantasy Life Belies His Respectable Appearance Dickens Died Before Completing The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, Leaving Its Tantalising Mystery Unsolved And Encouraging Successive Generations Of Readers To Turn DetectiveThis Edition Contains An Introduction By David Paroissien, Discussing The Novel S Ending, With A Chronology, Notes, Original Illustrations By Samuel Luke Fildes, Appendices On Opium Use In The Nineteenth Century, The Sapsea Fragment And Dickens S Plans For The Story S ConclusionCharles Dickens Is One Of The Best Loved Novelists In The English Language, Whose Th Anniversary Was Celebrated InHis Most Famous Books, Including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale Of Two Cities, David Copperfield And The Pickwick Papers, Have Been Adapted For Stage And Screen And Read By MillionsIf You Enjoyed The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, You Might Like Dickens S Little Dorrit, Also Available In Penguin Classics In cloisteresque Cloisterham, John Jack Jasper lives with his ward and nephew, Mister Edwin Drood, and teaches music to Drood s own betrothed the beguiling Rosa Meanwhile, arriving at Cloisterham, the Landless twins, Neville and Helena of exotic advantage, cause a disruption to the quiet and monotonous lives of those in this Cathedral City.Charles Dickens died before he could finish this novel He wrote twenty three chapters, each one carefully planned and written before giving it to be published in serial format, as were all his others The Mystery of Edwin Drood is indeed probably the greatest mystery of all, and we as readers and fans of Dickens must accept the fact.It s a hard fact to accept, however I cannot fully understand this feeling within me not one I ve felt after finishing in as much as one can finish this book any book, or at leastvery few books There is the obvious adoration for such a talented and captivating writer there is the subdued anger that often Dickens can write so magnificently about nothing there is the dismay at the knowledge that I knew it was unfinished when I went in and of course there is the embarrassment of feeling let down despite of that fact.Whatcan I say It is Dickens Do not start with this if you are new to him but do not end with it, either It may have been his last, but do not let it be yours.Blog Instagram Twitter Pinterest Shop Etsy I knew at the outset that Dickens died before he had the chance to finish this novel, but I didn t realize how incredibly frustrated I was going to be because of it It seems that he was just getting somewhere, and that there was going to be some climactic action coming up shortly, and then poof Nobook But on the other hand, it was so good getting to that point, and as noted, I am aware that The Mystery of Edwin Drood was unfinished, so I can t say that I was all that frustrated, really It s the getting to the end or the leave off point that mattered, and it was a great ride I won t go over the story plot here it is very well known Movies have been made I believe there was a stage production or two as well, and there are as I saw written somewhere entire websites and pundits devoted to solving the mystery and playing what if in an effort to provide an ending This edition has a preface by Peter Ackroyd, a Dickens biographer, and an appendix by GK Chesterton Chesterton provides several theories about what may have followed if Dickens had been alive to finish his work Onething I read this on the heels of Dan Simmons most excellent novel Drood, and it puts a lot into perspective.I would definitely recommend it if you MUST have an ending, then don t read it, but as I said abovethe getting there is most of the fun Most excellent. Otra vez me veo en la tarea de rese ar libros inconclusos sin ser muy espec fica y, a la vez, sinti ndome rid cula por no serloEl misterio de Edwin Droodtuvo la mala suerte de quedar trunco por el fallecimiento de Dickens, a pesar de que luego muchos aventuraron el nombre del asesino imposible no hacerlo Dickens dej justo ese espacio para rellenar, en la parte en donde todo parece encaminarse hacia el nombre del culpable y despu s el abismo No hay nada En esta edici n, al menos, a adieron una nota en donde exponen las conjeturas de los cr ticos No sabr a decir qu tan til puede llegar a ser aunque tiene un par de teor as interesantes porque est n basadas en detalles que Dickens ten a anotados obviamente, l ya ten a pensado todo Y hablando del libro en concreto podr a haber sido una muy buena novela policial, en donde tal vez se vean los hilos desde el principio y eso haga quejarse al lector, pero que plantea las cosas de modo diferente La historia se centra en John Jack Jasper, un cantante de la catedral de Cloisterham, una ciudad cuyo nombre est inventado, que tendr como visita a su sobrino Edwin Drood Este joven est comprometido por un acuerdo entre otras personas con una chica, Rosa Bud A la vez, esta muchacha es pupila de Jasper, quien le da clases de piano Cuando llegan dos misteriosos hermanos Neville y Helena Landless a la ciudad, las cosas empiezan a tomar forma y las relaciones entre ellos no ser n iguales Y un d a Edwin desaparece, no se halla su cad ver y s lo se encuentra su reloj El m vil que se esgrime para acusar a los sospechosos es un poco infantil view spoiler Jasper y Neville est n enamorados de Rose, as que hay que sacar a Edwin del medio hide spoiler

George Orwell and G K Chesterton for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day s work on Edwin Drood. He never regained consciousness, and the next day he died at Gad s Hill Place Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner, he was laid to rest in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads To the Memory of Charles Dickens England s most popular author who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed and by his death, one of England s greatest writers is lost to the world His last words were On the ground , in response to his sister in law Georgina s request that he lie down from Wikipedia

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