Armadale

Armadale

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When the elderly Allan Armadale makes a terrible confession on his death-bed, he has little idea of the repercussions to come, for the secret he reveals involves the mysterious Lydia Gwilt: flame-haired temptress, bigamist, laudanum addict and husband-poisoner. Her malicious intrigues fuel the plot of this gripping melodrama: a tale of confused identities, inherited curses, romantic rivalries, espionage, money—and murder. The character of Lydia Gwilt horrified contemporary critics, with one reviewer describing her as "One of the most hardened female villains whose devices and desires have ever blackened fiction." She remains among the most enigmatic and fascinating women in nineteenth-century literature and the dark heart of this most sensational of Victorian "sensation novels."

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Publisher: London : Penguin, 1995
ISBN: 9780140434118
0140434119
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY COLLI...W
Characteristics: xxxiv, 714 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Sutherland, John 1938-

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jemorrow_0
Jan 20, 2017

Wanted to read this, but very disappointed in how the book itself is represented. There is only one choice to request, but what I received was Volume #? of collected works. Armadale is split between two volumes, and the copy I got started with Chapter #4. Library should be better at this-------

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Janice21383
Jan 19, 2015

Armadale is like an encyclopedia of 19th century sensational fiction. If the story has a theme, it is that of twins. As outlined in the description above, there are at least two each of the following: young men named Allan Armadale, shipwrecks, poisonings, heroines, guilty secrets, elderly advisers, abusive childhoods, and much more. You may ask: is there no insane asylum? But yes, eventually there is. Armadale is wildly overlong, but repays the patient and sympathetic reader. One of the things worth waiting for is Lydia Gwilt, a heroine/villainess on a par with Becky Sharp. BONUS: the first mainstream 19th century novel to use, to my knowledge, words like "sexuality".

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