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A Rogue's Life

Wilkie Collins

Book Overview: 

"The story offers the faithful reflection of a very happy time in my past life. It was written at Paris, when I had Charles Dickens for a near neighbor and a daily companion, and when my leisure hours were joyously passed with many other friends, all associated with literature and art, of whom the admirable comedian, Regnier, is now the only survivor. The revising of these pages has been to me a melancholy task. I can only hope that they may cheer the sad moments of others. The Rogue may surely claim two merits, at least, in the eyes of the new generation—he is never serious for two moments together; and he "doesn't take long to read." W. C."

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .g blackguard!" cried my amiable sister, shaking her skirts with all her might, "you have done this on purpose! Don't tell me! I know you have. What do you mean by pestering me to come to this dog-kennel of a place?" she continued, turning fiercely upon the partner of her existence and legitimate receptacle of all her superfluous wrath. "What do you mean by bringing me here, to see how you have been swindled? Yes, sir, swindled! He has no more idea of painting than you have. He has cheated you out of your money. If he was starving tomorrow he would be the last man in England to make away with himself—he is too great a wretch—he is too vicious—he is too lost to all sense of respectability—he is too much of a discredit to his family. Take me away! Give me your arm directly! I told you not to go near him from the first. This is what comes of your horrid fondness for money. Suppose Lady Malkinshaw does outlive him; suppose I do lose my legacy. What is t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Maybe 3.5. A fun read, but certainly not his best.

Tare simpatic este protagonistul - pe de o parte, sinceritatea de care dă dovadă când își povestește peripețiile - deseori aflate la limita decenței și a legii - e dezarmantă, iar pe de altă parte, modul în care reușește să iasă din tot felul de situații neplăcute e plin de vervă și originalitate.

This is a delightful tale narrated by a rogue who is unrepentant for all his misdeeds, very much like Jonathan Wild in Henry Fielding's tale named after him. Wilkie Collins in A Rogue's Life: From His Birth To His Marriage takes us from Frank Softly's birth to his capture and sentencing for particip

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