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The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the final novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in 1870. Though the novel is named after the character Edwin Drood, it focuses more on Drood's uncle, John Jasper, a precentor, choirmaster and opium addict,.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the final novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in 1870. Though the novel is named after the character Edwin Drood, it focuses more on Drood's uncle, John Jasper, a precentor, choirmaster and opium addict, who is in love with his pupil, Rosa Bud. Miss Bud, Edwin Drood's fiancée, has also caught the eye of the high-spirited and hot-tempered Neville Landless. Landless and Edwin Drood take an instant dislike to one another.

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ГлавнаяЗарубежная классикаЧарльз ДиккенсThe Mystery of Edwin Drood. Уменьшить шрифт (-) Увеличить шрифт (+). Чарльз Диккенс The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Chapter I – the dawn. Even when the sun shines brilliantly, it seldom touches the grand piano in the recess, or the folio music-books on the stand, or the book-shelves on the wall, or the unfinished picture of a blooming schoolgirl hanging over the chimneypiece; her flowing brown hair tied with a blue riband, and her beauty remarkable for a quite childish, almost babyish, touch of. saucy discontent, comically conscious of itself.

When young Edwin Drood disappears. Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was born in Portsmouth, England, and grew up in poverty, one of eight children. He became the preeminent writer of Victorian England, with most of his novels appearing in serial form before being published as books. David Paroissien was educated in England and the United States and received his P. But on the other hand, it was so good getting to that point, and as noted, I am aware that The Mystery of Edwin Drood was unfinished, so I can't say that I was all that frustrated, really. It's the getting to the end (or the leave-off point) that mattered, and it was a great ride.

Although Dickens had included touches of the gothic and horrific in his earlier works, Edwin Drood was . At the Piano, an illustration from The Mystery of Edwin Drood At the Piano, an illustration by Sir Luke Fildes from Charles Dickens's novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870).

Although Dickens had included touches of the gothic and horrific in his earlier works, Edwin Drood was his only true. From The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens (Chapman and Hall, 1914). Although Dickens had included touches of the gothic and horrific in his earlier works, Edwin Drood was his only true mystery story. He left few clues as to how he intended to end the work, and the solution itself remains a mystery.

Dickens was working on The Mystery of Edwin Drood when he passed .

Dickens was working on The Mystery of Edwin Drood when he passed away. There is a lot of speculation about how The Mystery of Edwin Drood was to have ended. Dickens didn’t leave any notes outlining the plot so no one will ever really know what he intended. One of the most popular beliefs is that John Jasper, Edwin’s uncle, is the murderer. You are always training yourself to be, mind and body, as clear as crystal, and you always are, and never change; whereas I am a muddy, solitary, moping weed, he says to Mr. Crisparkle. Little did Mr. Crisparkle know the truth of that statement.

LibriVox recording of The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens. It is a mystery indeed; the serial novel was just half completed at the time of Dickens' death - leading to much speculation on how it might have ended

LibriVox recording of The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens. Recording by Alan Chant. It is a mystery indeed; the serial novel was just half completed at the time of Dickens' death - leading to much speculation on how it might have ended. The novel is named after Edwin Drood, one of the characters, but it mostly tells the story of his uncle, a choirmaster named John Jasper, who is in love with his pupil, Rosa Bud. Miss Bud is Drood's fiancée, and has also caught the eye of the high-spirited and hot-tempered Neville Landless! Landless comes from Ceylon with his twin sister, Helena.

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When Edwin Drood disappears, suspicion is aroused that he has been murdered. From the basis of this intriguing central plot develop the startling innovations and troubled elements lurking within the novel; the dark underworld of the opium addict, the uneasy and violent fantasies of its inhabitants, the disquieting presence of old "Princess Puffer", the undercurrents of fear and tension in the quiet cathedral town of Cloisterham from which people escape to save themselves and, at the center, the menacing figure of Edwin Drood's Uncle Jasper, opium addict and mesmerist.

Comments: (7)

Arihelm
I'm a huge Dickens fan...have reread everyone of his novels. BUT had never read the unfinished Edwin Drood. It seemed to me, why bother? But in my old age, I took a crack at it...knowing Dickens was dying when he wrote it, I didn't know what to expect. It's very different from his other works, leaner, sparser, darker. But the Master is still there, making me want to keep reading and know how it resolved. This "finished" version, published during the bicentennial of Dicken's birth, really is good! The author, a retired British diplomat, assumes the mantle quite well, and as I'm not finished with it yet, I will say, I will be satisfied as to how he wraps up all the loose ends, while hewing to the original feel of Dicken's story. Of course, he is not Dickens...even in ill health, Dickens still was killing it with his colors and textures and feel. All in all, I'd recommend this version.
Lanionge
Like many people, I’m sure, I read “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” and wanted to know how it ended. If it hadn't been a mystery, things might have been different, but we are left with the disappearance of a healthy, optimistic young man, whose uncle lusts after the young man’s fiancée (not knowing their engagement has been severed). We are also made aware that the uncle has an opium addiction, and the woman who operates the opium den he frequents may have overheard things he said while under the influence of the drug.

Unable to imagine a satisfactory ending to the story myself, I researched on the Internet, to see if anyone knew where Dickens’ plot was going, but there were only a few clues. Luckily, several people had attempted to write a conclusion to the Edwin Drood mystery, using what clues were available, and I picked Leon Garfield’s version, which had several good reviews.

Trying to copy Dickens’ writing style is admittedly impossible. His complex prose and skill at detailed description must have developed considerably over the years. I was, however, comfortable with the continuation by Leon Garfield, which remained true to the characters already drawn for us by Dickens. I imagine the book would have been longer, had Dickens ever finished it, but I did not feel cheated in any way with the faster pace of the narrative, and the culmination answered those questions that nagged at me when I came to the sudden end of Dickens’ incomplete story.

Whether the ending was the one Dickens intended, we shall never know, but from the clues he left, it cannot be far wrong. The good guys get the girls, and actions and behavior introduced in Dickens’ incomplete original are explained. I think Dickens probably would have ended with his usual tidying up, where almost every minor character is re-visited and put to rest (even if we don’t particularly wonder about what happens to them).

All in all, I was very satisfied with this book; it put my mind at rest.
Reighbyra
I knew at the outset that Dickens died before he had the chance to finish this novel, but I didn't realize how incredibly frustrated I was going to be because of it! It seems that he was just getting somewhere, and that there was going to be some climactic action coming up shortly, and then poof. No more book. But on the other hand, it was so good getting to that point, and as noted, I am aware that The Mystery of Edwin Drood was unfinished, so I can't say that I was all that frustrated, really. It's the getting to the end (or the leave-off point) that mattered, and it was a great ride.

I won't go over the story/plot here; it is very well known. Movies have been made; I believe there was a stage production or two as well, and there are (as I saw written somewhere) entire websites and pundits devoted to solving the mystery and playing "what-if" in an effort to provide an ending.

This edition has a preface by Peter Ackroyd, a Dickens biographer, and an appendix by GK Chesterton. Chesterton provides several theories about what may have followed if Dickens had been alive to finish his work.

One more thing: I read this on the heels of Dan Simmons' most excellent novel "Drood," and it puts a lot into perspective.

I would definitely recommend it -- if you MUST have an ending, then don't read it, but as I said above...the getting there is most of the fun. Most excellent.
Dianazius
Dickens does it again! Here is a good mystery well written. I was hesitant to read an unfinished book but became interested when I saw a pbs adaptation on Amazon video. Like other adaptations they created an ending, which I liked. The book left everything open ended, but led down a different path. There are themes in the story that are timeless: a man obsessed about a young woman that doesn't like him and starts to fear him, jealousy, drug abuse, child abuse, and so on. I wasn't sure where some of the characters fit into the story, probably because the book was never finished. The fact that there are things that will never be resolved doesn't take away from it's being worthwhile to read.
Alien
I understand the frustration of the reviewer below. I have uploaded a photo of Oxford's Our Mutual Friend side by side with their Mysery of Edwin Drood. As you ca see, the font size of Drood is smaller than that of Our Mutual Friend (which is the norm for Oxford Classics). The print is often faded in a line or two of pages of Drood as well, unlike the evenly always clear, very legible ink of Our Mutual Friend. If you have good eyes, the smaller font size and inking problems should not be a big problem. The edition itself is as good as any other Oxford Classics edition. I don't know of a competing scholarly edition,.
Invissibale
I think The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the best Dickens I have read, with superlative characterization, a wonderful complex story line and gripping descriptions. When I read it, I did not know that it was Dickens' last work and that it was unfinished. There is quite a lot of material on the Internet indicating how Dickens probably would have finished the novel, and a fairly recent PBS Masterpiece Classic has its own interpretation of the story...plus a happy ending. I know I'll read this book again.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Isis Clear Type Classic) download epub
History & Criticism
Author: Charles Dickens
ISBN: 1850893993
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Isis Large Print Books (November 1, 1991)
Pages: 320 pages