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The Black Robe

Wilkie Collins

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The church has lost out on a valuable piece of land through wars and transfers. Father Benwell is determined to reclaim that property by the conversion of the owner, Lewis Romayne. Enter beautiful Stella, who captures the heart of Romayne. Should Stella capture the love and devotion of Romayne, Father Benwell's scheme would fail, and that is something that he can not allow. Complicating things is the fact that both Romayne and Stella are hiding their own terrible secrets.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Father Benwell was a man possessed of extraordinary power of foresight—but he was not infallible. Seeing that Romayne was on the point of leaving the house, and feeling that he had paved the way successfully for Romayne's amanuensis, he too readily assumed that there was nothing further to be gained by remaining in the gallery. Moreover, the interval before Penrose called at the hotel might be usefully filled up by some wise words of advice, relating to the religious uses to which he might turn his intercourse with his employer. Making one of his ready and plausible excuses, he accordingly returned with Penrose to the library—and so committed (as he himself discovered at a later time) one of the few mistakes in the long record of his life.

In the meanwhile, Romayne was not permitted to bring his visit to a conclusion without hospitable remonstrance on the part of Lady Loring. She felt for Stella, with a woman's enthusiastic devotion to the interests. . . Read More

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3,5 estrellas
"La túnica negra" está considerada como una de las obras menores de Wilkie Collins, y estoy de acuerdo, siempre que se tenga presente que una novela menor de Collins sigue siendo un libro buenísimo. Simplemente es que tiene auténticos novelones con los que este libro en concreto palidec

Wilkie Collins’s The Black Robe (1881) is a relatively obscure work, and I wouldn’t want to make a case for it as an unknown masterpiece. Like all Collins’s work, though, it is not without interest. I liked it for its fusion of realist late-Victorian fiction with a hint of Gothic (a ruined abbey, a

Regalo di Natale - non credo lo avrei mai acquistato - questo libro sembra non finire mai. Decisamente disattese le incoraggianti recensioni della quarta di copertina, la storia si dipana in mille prosopopee, scritte con garbo, ma prolisse. Invece l'epilogo finale di una 40ina di pagine è un veloce

Romanzo parzialmente epistolare, La veste nera racconta il tentativo, da parte di Padre Branwell, di recuperare per la Chiesa Cattolica Vange Abbey, la casa avita di Lewis Romayne. Non è all'altezza de La pietra di luna (che richiama brevemente grazie ad un'apparizione di Mr. Murthwaite, un famoso e

Lewis Romayne è il protagonista del nuovo romanzo edito Fazi intitolato "La veste nera" . Romayne è un uomo giovane, considerato di bell'aspetto e possessore di una splendida tenuta di campagna chiamata Vange Abbey; un uomo che a dispetto di tutte le caratteristiche iniziali si rivelerà fondamentalm

Storia di intrighi più che di spionaggio, La veste nera, segue l'ormai collaudato metodo Collinsiano di servirsi di più voci e più metodi narrativi. Ci sono le solite confessioni, le solite corrispondenze interminabili, i soliti diari e le solite testimonianze.
Una storia questa volta davvero avvince

I really liked The Black Robe, but think it's something readers will either like or loathe. It started off a tad slowly before gaining steady momentum, but I "had" to finish the last hundred pages in one sitting and at times it was difficult to put down. I found the well-written, informative novel m

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