Book review – The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Caidyn's review (1)

The Moonstone

1/5 – DNF at 64%

I gave this the good old college try. I read as much of this as I could, but that was all I could get through. Gave it a day’s break, then knew that it really wasn’t going to happen for me. Sorry, Wilkie.

Back in high school, I readΒ The Woman in White, which I remember enjoying. Probably because I was reading a lot more classics back then than I do now, but that’s a minor thing. So, this went on the TBR and it’s stayed there for far too long.

Let’s just say, I wasn’t a fan. It dragged on far too long and talked about things that I just didn’t care about. I wish I had cared, but I didn’t. The multiple POVs really distracted me, too. As soon as I got used to one voice, a new one was there and I had to readjust all over again.

The worst part, for me, was the sexism. It just reeked of sexism, which I didn’t want to read. And, I thought that maybe it was just the perspective I was on. Maybe it was just that. Then the same sexism went to another POV. Then another. And I wanted to scream about how bad it was.

In short, I couldn’t do this book. I had no interest in it after the first part, but I got halfway through the second part and finally admitted defeat.


Talk to me!
I know this is a pretty popular classic, so what do you all think of it?
Was there some kind of pay-off in the end?

3 thoughts on “Book review – The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

  1. I had to read this for a university course, and I’ve read a couple other of his too. Not a fan of the writing style. I can’t say it stands out as sexist to me but then it’s kind of expected anyway with books from that time.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Yeah, I think it was the writing style that really killed it. Such an interesting topic, but his writing is so dense. And, I get that, but the sexism really jumped off the page for me which doesn’t happen in other books from the same period.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: December Wrap-up – BW Reviews

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s