The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Dickens, Charles

(Book - 1998)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
The Mystery of Edwin Drood was Dickens' final novel, left unfinished at his death.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998, c1956
ISBN: 9780192545169
Branch Call Number: FICTION DICKENS 1998
Characteristics: xii, 278 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm


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The mystery is this- Is Edwin Drood really dead and if so-
Who did it? His creepy opium smoking Uncle John Jaspar? Neville Landless -with whom he was seen fighting on Christmas Eve?
Dickens himself was trying to figure it out right before he died- and left the book- unfinished.

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Dec 12, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Certainly not one of Dickens's best, but you have to wonder what he would have done with it had he lived. I read the edition completed by Leon Garfield, which provides a completely predictable, but at least stylistically consistent, ending. This completion is in accord with G.K. Chesterton's comment that there really isn't that much mystery about Edwin Drood.

Jan 05, 2014
  • InvernessS rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I tried very hard to like this & to finish it. Alas, I did not.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Cepros rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Edwin Drood is Dickens's last novel. It is about a young man who mysteriously disappears and the resulting search for him. The best and worst part about this novel is that it has no ending: Dickens died before he finished it. So the reader never finds out what happened to poor Mr. Drood. This makes the novel a true mystery and allows the readers to form their own theories. It also makes the novel incredibly annoying if you're someone who likes to know things for certain. There is a theory out there (based off of a letter Dickens wrote to a friend explaining a new plot that he was thinking about), but there's no definitive answer. However, the parts of the book that made it to paper are fantastic. The writing is wonderful, the characters are very interesting, and the atmosphere is intoxicating. One of the most amazing things about the narrative is Dickens's ability to make a cathedral a constant, brooding presence, even chapters after he last mentions it. Edwin Drood is also a great character and very amusing. The novel is full of suspicious characters, any one of whom could have done Drood in. Or maybe Drood's still alive? We'll never know; however, despite the lack of closure, this novel is definitely worth a read.

Nov 15, 2011
  • BPLNextBestAdults rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Charles Dickens' final, unfinished novel is considered one of his darkest works. Presciently, depicting what modern psychologists might now describe as a manic obsession, Dickens' creation, John Jasper is chillingly evil. His secret life as an opium addict is completely at odds with the daytime persona he presents as choirmaster in the fictitious town of Cloisterham. His brooding fascination with Rosa Bud, betrothed to his cheery, unsuspecting and hopelessly naïve nephew, Edwin Drood is creepy and repugnant and compels him to commit a horrible crime.

Lamentably unfinished and written in installments, The Mystery of Edwin Drood was way ahead of its time – foreshadowing and modeling the great psychological thrillers of the 20th century. That Dickens' characterizations remain fresh and wholly recognizable with their all too human frailties is evident in modern day presentations of this work – both in theatre and television.


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