So when Eva of A Striped Armchair recommended that I read Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White in her Most Particular Compendium post, several people commented that I should join the April readalong hosted by Reading Rambo. That was the first that I’d heard of Reading Rambo’s blog and I’ve clearly been missing out, because aside from the fantastic title, Reading Rambo is a great snarky blog, liberally sprinkled with apropos gifs.
Anyway, so the readalong starts today and I’ll be joining in on the weekly posts and hopefully keeping up with the readalong schedule. It’s a bit of a Victorian tome. Eva recommended the book to me based on my love of Dickens’ Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend. I haven’t read any Wilkie Collins before, though he was Dickens’ contemporary. I actually don’t remember what The Woman in White is about, although I’m sure I’ve read reviews of it in the past. All I know is that lots of people love it.
But this is what the back of the book says:
Generally considered the first English sensation novel, The Woman in White features the remarkable heroine Marian Halcombe and her sleuthing partner, drawing master Walter Hartright, pitted against the diabolical team of Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde.
So sensation and diabolical villains! I’m all for it.
Also, for others who are doing the readalong, I’m thinking I may throw out thoughts as I’m reading onto twitter. I haven’t really used my twitter account much, but I think that it might be fun in a readalong situation. So if other readalong participants are going to tweet, let me know so I can follow you if I am not following you already.