“Drood: A Novel is a powerfully-captivating, finely crafted tale of multiplicity, enmity and foreboding.”
Product Description – From Amazon.com
“On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens–at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world–hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever.
Did Dickens begin living a dark double life after the accident? Were his nightly forays into the worst slums of London and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, murder, opium dens, the use of lime pits to dissolve bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere research . . . or something more terrifying?
Just as he did in The Terror, Dan Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging and terrifying narrative. Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens’s life and narrated by Wilkie Collins (Dickens’s friend, frequent collaborator, and Salieri-style secret rival), DROOD explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author’s last years and may provide the key to Dickens’s final, unfinished work: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Chilling, haunting, and utterly original, DROOD is Dan Simmons at his powerful best.”
Drood: A Novel is fantastic! Even though this novel is quite long, it is worth every minute spent reading it. This story is masterfully written with an incredible amount of depth. The story is told from Wilkie Collins’s increasingly bitter, resentful and laudanum-hazed perspective. Though Dickens and Wilkie had been writers and friends for what seems like an eternity, deep-down Wilkie always felt inferior to his friend’s writing ability and accomplishments. This undercurrent drives many-opiate induced dreams and nearly pushes Wilkie past the edge of reason and sanity. The characters are written with great depth and detail, each with their own follies and short comings, making them all the more believable and human. The pacing is excellent and the story flowed smoothly despite the creative transitions and twists.
For a novel as large as this one, the writing and plot must be created with definite purpose and skill. This writer’s expertise is undeniable! With the story based in-part on historical fact, I was left wondering, after an in-depth and satisfying read, just how much of the novel is fact-based and how much of this incredibly mesmerizing story sprang forth from the writers own imagination. I hesitate to write more: I don’t want to give away further details from within this story and risk ruining it for you. This is a novel which is well worth your time and money.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who has need of a satisfying and enjoyably-long read!
♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (10 out of 10 Diamonds) – Absolutely LOVED it!!
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