Katrina Young: Wanted: Edwin, Dead or Alive

Отправлено 21 июл. 2013 г., 10:56 пользователем Sven Karsten   [ обновлено 21 июл. 2013 г., 10:56 ]

Dickens pub­lished “The Mys­tery of Edwin Drood” in seg­ments, then left this world be­fore he could do us the favor of writ­ing the sec­ond half, or at least notes on the rest of the story. A shroud of mys­tery sur­rounds the so­lu­tions Dick­ens had in mind; ample stud­ies, the­o­ries, and pro­pos­als, all dif­fer­ing on one point or many points, prove fin­ish­ing a Dick­ens mys­tery novel to be a sig­nif­i­cant un­der­tak­ing. After read­ing a col­lec­tion of mys­tery nov­els from dif­fer­ent sub-gen­res and times through­out their his­to­ry, this was my fa­vorite. It was ag­o­niz­ing to know the in­tri­cate story’s sec­ond half will never be (at least not at the cal­iber of Dick­ens’ own first half), not to men­tion the fact that the mys­tery will re­main a mys­tery. John Forster, who was close to Dick­ens and read through many of his manuscripts and proofs, wrote this about Dick­ens’ last novel, “Dis­cov­ery of the mur­der was to be baf­fled till to­wards the close, when, by means of a gold ring which had re­sist­ed the cor­ro­sive ef­fects of the lime into which he had thrown the body, not, only the per­son mur­dered was to be iden­ti­fied, but the lo­cal­i­ty of the crime and the man who com­mit­ted it....” (Gadd). With all dis­cov­ery left for the end, a sud­den close in the mid­dle leaves read­ers in an eter­nal mys­tery for which peace of mind re­quests a so­lu­tion.

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