Jezebel's Daughter

Jezebel's Daughter The Power That I Have Dreamed Of All My Life Is Mine At Last How Far Is A Mother Prepared To Go To Secure Her Daughter S Future Madame Fontaine, Widow Of An Eminent Chemist, Has Both The Determination And The Cunning To Bring Young Minna S Marriage Plans To Fruition, With Dangerous Consequences For Anyone Who Dares To Stand In Her Way But Has She Met Her Match In Jack Straw, One Time Inmate Of Bedlam Lunatic Asylum It Will Take A Visit To The Morgue To Find Out Who Triumphs And Who Comes Out Alive Reminiscent Of Collins S Blockbusters The Woman In White And Armadale, This Suspenseful Case Study In Villainy Is Set Against The Financial World Of S Frankfurt And Tells The Story Of Two Widows, One Of Them Devoted To Realizing Her Husband S Social Reforms, The Other Equally Devoted To The Pursuit Of Her Daughter S Happiness

A close friend of Charles Dickens from their meeting in March 1851 until Dickens death in June 1870, William Wilkie Collins was one of the best known, best loved, and, for a time, best paid of Victorian fiction writers But after his death, his reputation declined as Dickens bloomed Now, Collins is being given critical and popular attention than he has received for 50 years Most of his bo

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  • Hardcover
  • 308 pages
  • Jezebel's Daughter
  • Wilkie Collins
  • English
  • 21 July 2018
  • 9781404310766

10 thoughts on “Jezebel's Daughter

  1. says:

    Victorian sensation fiction is having something of a critical moment, and it s not difficult to see why In addition to the cheap thrills that attracted nineteenth century readers intricate plots, with liberal doses of sex, violence, mystery, and intrigue , sensation novels have much to recommend them They are interesting in their genre eclecticism, mixing social realism with melodramatic and romance elements and they seem often to use this literary no man s land to explore aspects of Victorian society that mainstream nineteenth century fiction was too squeamish to touch Jezebel s Daughter, available since 2016 in a critical edition for the first time, offers a good example of the hidden delights of sensation fiction and also of Wilkie Collins s voluminous back catalogue The novel had an interesting genesis Collins wrote it first as a play, The Red Vial, performed in 1858, and apparently an abysmal failure This dispiriting experience must have lurked around unresolved in Collins s psyche, as he reworked the narrative twenty two years later in 1880, adapting it to novelistic form.You can see why when you read it It s a cracking story, and it s thematically interesting and innovative for its time As ever, with Collins, the female characters are outstanding not so much the title character, the lovely Minna, who is slightly insipid, as the two wonderfully drawn and contrasted middle aged widows who dominate the narrative In the blue corner, we have the English Mrs Wagner, aunt of the narrator, David Glenney an enormously attractive figure, I felt a progressive, like her husband, championing the causes of women s employment and the reform of the treatment of lunatics, and feisty enough to face up to the eye rolling that greets her whenever she speaks of her plans In the red corner, we have the sinuous and fascinating Jezebel herself, Madame Fontaine, wife and heir of a German based French academic scientist with a side interest in recreating the poisons used by the Borgias, while guiltily concocting antidotes to them as he goes along.Another interesting Collinesque feature of the novel is the presence of a disabled protagonist after the physically disabled Miserrimus Dexter of The Law and the Lady, and the blind characters in The Dead Secret and Poor Miss Finch, we find here a mentally disturbed ex Bedlam patient, known as Jack Straw, whom Mrs Wagner rescues and attempts to redeem through care in the community, as it is now called in modern Britain I found Jack s umble gratitude and devotion to his patroness rather grating, and I don t think he works nearly as well as most of Collins s outsider characters This was one of the reasons why I d judge this novel as three and a half stars, rather than four, if the Goodreads grading system permitted that nuance.Still, all in all, a worthwhile and interesting read, and narrated with Collins s incomparable zest and zip.

  2. says:

    I ve been meaning to read from Wilkie Collins, having loved his two most famous novels Jezebel s Daughter only came to my notice when it was published by Oxford Press last year Once , we are offered a sensational tale featuring a fascinating baddie in the character of Madame Fontaine, and as always the author portays her with redeeming features and with motivations that make sense Opposing this mistress of poisons, we have the righteous Mrs Wagner, fighting to carry on her late husbands ideology, cutting a place in the workplace for women Yes, the focus is on the plot, with all its thrilling moments, but I enjoyed it, especially the subversive vein of feminism Collins often adds.

  3. says:

    2,5 5 Mi primera novela de Wilkie Collins y me ha gustado, pero estoy convencida de que tiene libros mejores Este es ligero y entretenido aunque con unas partes un poco redundantes y alargadas Para resumir un poco la sensaci n que me ha dejado dir a que, si lo adaptasen, ser a un telefilme una historia que te entretiene en el momento pero que no da para m s Tambi n es verdad que resulta todo m s que previsible y no he sentido un misterio real y he encontrado momentos un poco cogidos con pinzas para que encaje todo, pero ya digo, una lectura sencilla y con personajes interesantes.

  4. says:

    Coincidence looms large in Wilkie Collins s novel Jezebel s Daughter 1880 , making sure that chance discoveries of old and recent crimes will abound but when you read Collins, or any of his other Victorian sensational novel writing colleagues, you will simply have to accept that coincidences occur as in fact they do in our daily lives , often when the writer is at a loss as to how to link two characters or how to prepare the ground for an important revelation However, if Agatha Christie could get away with her far fetched and implausible plots, Wilkie Collins and the Victorians are definitely entitled to any claim of leniency since all of them together have probably not ridden as hard and ruthlessly on the Horse of Coincidence and endangered its backbone to such an extent as the Queen of Crime.In Jezebel s Daughter Collins introduces us to Madame Fontaine, an ambitious, yet impoverished widow who would do anything to ensure her daughter s happiness in life, which she sees in a marriage with the son of the rich Frankfort merchant Herr Keller With Mrs Wagner, the author also creates another widow, this time not of the deadly and malicious sort, but an apt businesswoman who also acts as a philanthropist and strives to pave the way into business life for other women as well by employing both men and women in equal positions in her business As a philanthropist, Mrs Wagner follows her late husband s plan of showing that mentally disturbed people can be cured or at least improved by kindness rather than a system of constraints, which leads her to looking after a patient called Jack Straw, who and here he have one of Collins s coincidences will later prove an old acquaintance of Madame Fontaine s Collins unfolds a story of crime, deception and retribution, which quickly hooks the readers at least it did hook me, and I was very disappointed with Armadale, which I found plodding and rambling and makes them want to read on The story develops at a swift pace, which might be to the detriment of a credible characterization of some of the minor characters.It was also strange to have the first person narrator, Mrs Wagner s nephew David, suddenly withdraw from the story and see an omniscient narrator take over, but that was probably because Collins could see no way of keeping David around as a witness to the events that were going to unfold.In a nutshell The story rests on some coincidences, but it is a good yarn and there are some memorable characters like Jack Straw, the self confident and clever Mrs Wagner, or the scheming Madame Fontaine Collins, unlike Dickens, managed to create interesting female protagonists, and he clearly wanted to attach a social message to his novel, which he manages to do without unduly slowing down the pace of his novel or directing the reader s attention to lengthy side issues All this makes Jezebel s Daughter, probably not a literary masterpiece, but a very entertaining sensational novel.

  5. says:

    Jezebel s Daughter is definitely not one of Wilkie s best works, but its is still thoroughly enjoyable.As a note to first time readers if you want the plot to remain a mystery DO NOT look up the infamous serial killer they mention I did, and it gave the whole thing away entirely.Regardless, I think you ll be able to figure out the resolution a bit sooner than Wilkie intended Jezebel may be one of his most overtly nefarious characters, and she was enjoyable, but erratic I did fully enjoy the cast of strong female characters, and I also enjoyed the creation of Jack Straw.Still there were times that it seemed to drag the narrative and conversation both seemed a little forced None of the characters were as fully flushed out as Wilkie usually does, and that was a bit disappointing to me These things led to the three star rating, though I hope that wouldn t discourage any lovers of Victorian literature from indulging in a relatively quick read.

  6. says:

    Ah, Wilkie Collins, a writer who can be counted on to put the sensation in sensational fiction Nefarious doings including lying, cheating, and stealing The theft of money from a locked desk, mysterious illnesses, deaths, and recoveries The return of a body to life while in the Death House, poisons, a cypher, lovers kept apart by their families, a mad man, and at the end a wedding, the bride and groom in which the reader is invited to guess Too much.

  7. says:

    Fantastic sensationalism It s got the lot Lunatics, poison, murder, Bedlam, a Deadhouse A really well paced ride of a read.

  8. says:

    DNF 82 pages I just couldn t get into this Maybe I ll come back to it at a later date

  9. says:

    Definitely not Collins s best.

  10. says:

    I really enjoyed this This is by far my favorite by Collins, although The Woman in White is a close second

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