Felix Aylmer: The Drood Case

Отправлено 21 апр. 2013 г., 10:49 пользователем Sven Karsten   [ обновлено 21 апр. 2013 г., 10:50 ]

HERE are two ways of look­ing at Edwin Drood. On the one hand there are those who read it as a puz­zle to be solved; on the other, there are those to whom it is Dick­ens's last novel, which hap­pened to be un­fin­ished, and which might be though to be ei­ther the cli­max of his ca­reer or mere­ly the ges­ture "of a man al­ready three quar­ters dead." Most of the writ­ers about Drood come in the first cat­e­go­ry; most of the read­ers, even though they may not re­al­ize it, come in the sec­ond. Clear­ly it is "a mys­tery" and "not a his­to­ry," as Dick­ens told his sis­ter-in-law. But there are two mys­ter­ies to be solved. One is how the plot would have de­vel­oped if the book had been fin­ished. The other is how the novel would have fit­ted into the pat­tern of Dick­ens's whole de­vel­op­ment. Sir Felix Aylmer's The Drood Case (Ru­pert Hart-Davis: 35s.) gives a fas­ci­nat­ing anal­y­sis of the plot; it is un­sat­is­fy­ing as an ac­count of the novel. It of­fers a bril­liant, hy­po­thet­i­cal out­line of how the tale might have been writ­ten, but is bound to leave the great­est doubt whether such a tale could ever have been writ­ten by Dick­ens.

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