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The Dead Secret

Wilkie Collins

Book Overview: 

"Everything in life has a price. May be, telling a Secret has the highest. However, not telling may be worse. What will Sarah choose? will she tell the Secret which destroyed her life?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .at is really the only noticeable defect in his character. In all other respects I can honestly say of him that he deserves what he has got—the best wife in the world. What a life of happiness, Phippen, seems to be awaiting these lucky young people! It is a bold thing to say of any mortal creatures, but, look as far as I may, not a cloud can I see any where on their future prospects."

"You excellent creature!" exclaimed Mr. Phippen, affectionately squeezing the vicar's hand. "How I enjoy hearing you! how I luxuriate in your bright view of life!"

"And is it not the true view—especially in the case of young Frankland and his wife?" inquired the vicar.

"If you ask me," said Mr. Phippen, with a mournful smile, and a philosophic calmness of manner, "I can only answer that the direction of a man's speculative views depends—not to mince the matter—on the state of his secretions. Your biliary secretions, dear friend, are all ri. . . Read More

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The Dead Secret isn't as good as the string of novels which immediately followed it (including The Woman in White and Armadale), but it's definitely worth reading, with a good measure of suspense and action, as well as complex characters, particularly Sarah Leeson, the woman who hides the "dead secr

Αν και κατάλαβα, κάποια στιγμή, (αρκετά πριν το τέλος του βιβλίου), ποιο ήταν το Θαμμένο Μυστικό, συνέχισα χωρίς κανένα ενδοιασμό να το διαβάζω γιατί η ατμόσφαιρα που δημιούργησε ο Collins ήταν απλά εκπληκτική!

Stellar! Loved it! And I can't say enough!

Ο Wilkie Collins έχει γίνει ο νέος αγαπημένος μου συγγραφέας. Το βιβλίο είναι καταπληκτικό. Τι ωραία μετάφραση. Το συνιστώ ανεπιφύλακτα!!! Κρατιέμαι να μην πιάσω κατευθείαν την "Γυναίκα με τα ασπρα" και να πάω να πάρω το "Αρμαντειλ"

Άλλο ένα υπέροχο κλασικό ανάγνωσμα απο τον βετεράνο ποιητή της πεζογραφίας, της άψογης φαντασιακής ενέργειας, της ανεπανάληπτης περιγραφικής δεινότητας, της απαράμιλλης ικανότητας να στοιχειώνει τον αναγνώστη με τα εγκλήματα καρδιάς που συνήθως καταπιάνεται και αναλύει, σαν ψυχογραφήματα κοσμικών πα

Στις ακτές της Κορνουάλης, σε έναν ανεμοδαρμένο αγριότοπο, ο Πύργος Πορθγκένα στέκει αγέρωχος και επιβλητικός, οχυρώνοντας παλαιόθεν την έπαυλη της οικογένειας Τρέβερτον, που, έχοντας διαδράμει τον απροσμέτρητο χρόνο, κουβαλάει στις αίθουσες και τις κάμαρές της τις σκοτεινές ιστορίες και τα θαμμένα

Πολύ ωραίο ανάγνωσμα. Το Μυστικό που είναι κρυμμένο στον Πύργο Πορθγκένα αποκαλύπτεται πολύ νωρίς στον αναγνώστη, μεταφέροντας την αγωνία στους πρωταγωνιστές και την εξέλιξή τους. Η Σάρα Λίζον προσωποποιεί την επίδραση που έχει ένα βαρύ μυστικό σε ένα αδύναμο μυαλό, η ευγενής Ροσαμουντ Τρέβερτον και

«Πάρτε πίσω τα λεφτά σας... είστε τα μοναδικά δύο άτομα που γνώρισα ποτέ μου που δεν υπάρχει πιθανότητα να γίνετε καθάρματα πλουτίζοντας...»

After The Woman in White, this is my second try with Wilkie Collins. While I became his admirer after my first experience of his writing, in second, my interest in his novels only increased further. I have already made a purchase of his classic The Moonstone and soon I am going to start my journey w

I don’t think anyone would want to claim that The Dead Secret was among Wilkie Collins’s finest novels. It’s an early work (1856), and you have a sense (as with Basil, 1852, which I read last year) that Collins was still learning his trade. Nonetheless, I still found this an enjoyable read. Some of

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