It's a great day for literature lovers!! I finished last night "The Mystery of Edwin Drood", an I am very frustrated that Dickens died so soon. He should have waited until the mystery was resolved! I loved it, though. Once again, the creation of extraordinary characters (amazing how minor ones such as Mrs. Bellickin are given full portrait in a few paragraphs: her "candour"); the re-creation of a world with total detail, cinematic; and the ludicrous complication of the plot, all makes for a most enjoyable reading, made even better by the useful notes in my Penguin edition.
WHAT the hell happened to Edwin Drood? Not even God knows! His uncle, John Jasper, is one of the most terrifying whackos in Dickens's literature, and he could have been one of the most in any literature. The scene where he declares his insane love for Rosa is horrific.
We should try to point out our theories of the mystery. I'll give a good thought and post my hypothesis soon...
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