As an orphan, Jane's childhood is not an easy one but her independence and strength of character keep her going through the miseries inflicted by cruel relatives and a brutal school. However, her biggest challenge is yet to come. Taking a job as a governess in a house full of secrets, for a passionate man she grows more and more attracted to, ultimately forces Jane to call on all her resources in order to hold on to her beliefs.
'The first and greatest of English detective novels' ~ T.S.Eliot
A fabulous yellow diamond becomes the dangerous inheritance of Rachel Verinder. Outside her Yorkshire country house watch the Hindu priests who have waited for many years to reclaim their ancient talisman, looted from the holy city of Somnauth. When the Moonstone disappears the case looks simple, but in mid-Victorian England no one is what they seem, and nothing can be taken for granted. Witnesses, suspects, and detectives take up the story in turn. The bemused butler, the love-stricken housemaid, the enigmatic detective Sergeant Cuff, the drug-addicted scientist, each speculate on the mystery as Collins weaves their narratives into a masterpiece of construction and suspense. But The Moonstone is more than just a detective novel or a murder mystery and this new edition features a fascinating introduction by John Sutherland which discusses the themes of Imperialism, Sensationalism and Mesmerism and the way in which they operate in the novel and within its cultural context.
Dette er to bøker jeg har holdt på med mens ved siden av andre bøker, som Vredens druer som nettopp er avsluttet. Jane Eyre leser jeg stort sett på bussen og når det er kø eller annnen venting, det er en liten bok som passer godt i vesken. Og The Moonstone? Vel, den finner jeg frem innimellom om leser noen sider eller et kapittel før jeg må la språk og innhold synke inn. Da leser jeg andre bøker i mens :)