Wilkie Collins “the moonstone»
England has always been famous for its literary wealth, not an exception was the detective direction in British literature. Everyone knows the great names of Agatha Christie and sir Arthur Conan Doyle. True fans of detective stories still savor the works of Edgar PoE, although they did not differ in particularly outstanding volumes. But the real progenitor of the detective genre in England must be considered Wilkie Collins, because it was this writer who first used those techniques in literature that later became fundamental for the entire genre.
Thus, the structure proposed in the book” Moonstone ” is still considered almost a reference for detective novels. It consists of the following stages:
At the beginning of the work, there is a murder (or other serious crime), most often in a secluded place where there is no access for a large circle of people. An example would be the “Orient Express” by Agatha Christie. In the case of the Moonstone, the setting was lady Verinder’s residence.
Also, at the beginning of the story, a narrow circle of people involved in the incident is introduced. As a rule, one of these persons is a criminal, which was initially extremely difficult to suspect. I think it is not necessary to specify the name of the criminal, so as not to spoil the expectations of those who are just going to read the book.
The work also features the figure of a detective, endowed with a mind of extreme observation and ingenuity. Such an image of detectives and policemen is used in almost all classic detectives: Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Columbo, etc.in the work “Moonstone” such was the detective Cuff, who probably could serve as a prototype for all the voiced inspectors.
Convoluted plot, in which the course of the investigation several times goes in the wrong direction, but eventually leads to a logical end.
What the book is about
“Moonstone” is considered by many to be almost the first detective novel (PoE also wrote in a similar style, but it should be noted that he had mostly short stories). The story consists of a whole series of stories by different actors, United by one adjacent line. Thus, the author removes himself from the novel and allows each character to Express his own point of view and vision of what happened, and the reader, page by page, can conduct “their own investigation” and compare their expectations with what is happening in the book.
As you may have already guessed, the plot of the novel is centered on the loss of a precious stone – which was stolen during the celebration of an aristocratic British family. A professional detective was hired to investigate the cases, but the series of plot twists and turns is so dizzy that even he does not immediately manage to unravel this mystery. However, I will not reveal all the cards and kill the intrigue.