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Drood

af Dan Simmons

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2,9831564,547 (3.47)1 / 260
I et 125 år gammelt manuskript af Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens' ven og lejlighedsvise medforfatter, afslører han den mørke hemmelighed, der bjergtog dem begge, men endte deres venskab. I Londons skumle underverden jager de en uhyggelig og spøgelsesagtig person, som Dickens er fuldstændig besat af, og som bliver hovedpersonen i hans sidste og ufuldendte roman.… (mere)
  1. 40
    Månestenen af Wilkie Collins (Jannes, amweb)
    Jannes: For obvious reasons. If you enjoyed Drood you might as well give it a try.
  2. 30
    What Alice Knew: A Most Curious Tale of Henry James and Jack the Ripper af Paula Marantz Cohen (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both are Gothic 'gaslight' thrillers featuring famous authors as protagonists. Drood is a macabre story of what ostensibly inspired Dickens to write his last unfinished novella (according to his ever-unreliable friend Wilkie Collins). What Alice Knew features the James siblings (psychologist William, author Henry and their invalid sister) as they attempt to puzzle out who is responsible for the Ripper murders.… (mere)
  3. 41
    Sindssygelægen af Caleb Carr (bnbookgirl)
  4. 20
    The Last Dickens af Matthew Pearl (suzecate)
    suzecate: They're historical mystery/thriller set in Victorian England and involving Charles Dickens.
  5. 31
    Hævnerens fortælling af Michael Cox (shellibrary)
    shellibrary: This book has a very similar atmosphere and feel.
  6. 10
    Neverwhere : en rejse på Undersiden af Neil Gaiman (Reysbro)
    Reysbro: Down below London...a fantasy tale taking place in London's Underworld / Undertown. Similar to the beginning of Drood with the descent beneath London's streets.
  7. 11
    Mister Slaughter af Robert R. McCammon (Scottneumann)
  8. 11
    The Queen of Bedlam af Robert R. McCammon (Scottneumann)
  9. 00
    The Quincunx af Charles Palliser (SheReadsNovels)
    SheReadsNovels: This book is also set in the 19th century and written in the style of Charles Dickens or Wilkie Collins.
  10. 00
    Edwin Droods Hemmelighed af Charles Dickens (Cecrow)
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    Svindelforetagendet af Dan Simmons (Runkst)
    Runkst: In both books, Simmons fictionalizes a famous writer and fits his story around the historical facts. (Drood: Charles Dickens, The Crook Factory: Ernest Hemingway)
  12. 01
    Speaks the Nightbird af Robert R. McCammon (Scottneumann)
  13. 01
    The D. Case: Or The Truth About The Mystery Of Edwin Drood af Carlo Fruttero (ehines)
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On the face of it, a book about the 'true' story behind the unfinished 'Mystery of Edwin Drood' which Dickens was halfway through when he died, sounded interested. The story is narrated by Wilkie Collins, known for 'The Lady in White' and 'The Moonstone', being a memoir which he intends should be read only long after his death in the 1880s. For this reason, he often addresses the 'Dear Reader' he imagines will read this in the future.

One unfortunate glitch early on and throughout is the use of American terms by a nineteenth century Englishman: sidewalk instead of pavement, drapes instead of curtains and various others including gotten, the use of which died out well before the nineteenth century. So that was irritating.

It's hard to review this book because it encompasses so many things. The core is the relationship between the younger, forty-something, Collins and Dickens who is about a decade older. Despite what appears to be a warm friendship on the surface - the two men went on various adventures together when they were younger and Collins is a frequent visitor to Dickens' home - Collins is eaten up with envy which develops into a hatred of Dickens that eventually becomes potentially murderous. His character is chockful of flaws, including casual racism (possibly endemic for that era so not unique to him) and misogyny - to him, women are animalistic and bovine - and he has a serious laudanum and opium addiction which worsens over time and eventually involves morphine prescribed by his doctor for his rheumatic gout.

Given that he is drinking enough laudanum to kill anyone who hasn't built up his tolerance level, and pays regular visits to opium dens, he is an unreliable narrator par excellence. Eventually it becomes impossible to believe anything he tells the reader because it becomes so extreme. He is also repellent as a character, especially to anyone with sympathy for either animals or downtrodden individuals such as his common law wife or the servants.

Another issue is that the writing is turgid - if meant to be an imitation of the style of Dickens etc, it doesn't come over as that. Whenever he mentions anybody, Collins gives their entire name, multiple times within a scene, and everything is spelled out repetitively, with constant reminders about things already mentioned, as if the author is being paid by the word. All this contributes to a book that is nearly 900 pages long, and has no need to be - it would have benefited from a lot of judicious editing. There are some powerful scenes of action, but most of the story is so overworked that it becomes tedious, especially with the unnecessary background research recounted in practically every scene. The style and info-dumping more or less kill any suspense that might otherwise attend the appearances of the supernatural Drood and his followers. And the scene on the stairwell involving a certain luckless maidservant is more reminiscent of 'Alien' than anything and has no explanation whatsoever.

I checked Wikipedia to see if any of it had a basis in fact: Collins did live with a widow called Caroline and her daughter, and would not marry her, and she did marry a man with the same name as her second husband in the book, but returned to Collins. Frankly, given how in the book he engineers for her to have such an unhappy marriage, that fails to convince, but of course the real story must have been quite different. He also had children with another woman, as in the novel, but Wikipedia disagrees on the number and gender. And the material on the ex-police chief Charles Field doesn't square with the facts, since he died four years after Dickens, not before him, and only had his pension suspended for four months - reinstated by the Home Secretary because he had already given up the private enquiry work to which the authorities objected.

The problem I find most extreme is that, if Dickens' apology late on in the book is meant to be "true" in the context of the story, it's difficult to know what actually does and doesn't happen. This makes the whole story rather meaningless. At the end, having forced myself through the last two or three hundred pages just to find out what happened, it wasn't at all clear if Collins broke the 'spell' he had been under. Given that I found the book so disappointing, I can only give it one star. ( )
  kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
Wonderfully Written, but not enough story in between the asides to really feel substantial. The ending feels like a letdown. Sadly the first Dan Simmons book I haven't been captivated by ( )
  hubrisinmotion | Nov 14, 2023 |
I like Dan Simmons.. I did not like this. I just got really tired of the rambling, opiate induced, untrustworthy narrative. ( )
  everettroberts | Oct 20, 2023 |
Ik heb erg lang over dit boek gedaan. Dat lag niet zozeer aan mijn interesse, want ik vind het een ijzersterk verhaal. De plot is intrigerend en vol verrassingen. De karakters zijn niet echt aardig, maar wel zeer interessant. Het verhaal zette me geregeld op het verkeerde been en blijft tot op het laatst mysterieus. Maar het tempo is wat traag en daar had ik zo af en toe wel last van. Dat is de enige reden dat het geen 5 sterren zijn geworden. ( )
  weaver-of-dreams | Aug 1, 2023 |
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Se documentant énormément, lisant et relisant les œuvres des deux auteurs anglais, Simmons avoue s'être immergé dans son sujet jusqu'à ressentir le lien douloureux qui unissait les deux écrivains. Drood serait-il le roman le plus personnel de son auteur ? Lorsqu'on lui pose la question, Dan Simmons reste silencieux un long moment puis finit par acquiescer. Avec une lueur de fierté dans le regard.
 
L’essentiel ne tient pas à l’enquête à la Sherlock Holmes sur Drood, avec un passage gratiné où les quinquagénaires Dickens et Collins traînent leurs guêtres dans un semblant d’Achéron nauséabond et où le second s’endort malgré tout. L’enjeu du livre passe par la voix nasillarde et risible de Collins, celle de l’auteur détruite par le laudanum et les visions, celle de l’envieux devant le génial. L’histoire fourmille de détails, le ton tient de l’époque. Et Drood force Dickens, comme Salieri Mozart, à lui écrire un roman. Drood, comme une métaphore du démon de l’écrivain.
 
"Despite the odd mistake that only an American could make (describing Sir Walter Scott as “an English writer”, for instance), Simmons has taken great pains to make his backdrop of everyday Victorian life convincing. This is a rich and strange book, and the pages fly by."
tilføjet af bookfitz | RedigerThe Telegraph, Jake Kerridge (Apr 2, 2009)
 
"Drood, though trying the reader's patience (never mind credulity) in sight of its 800th page, wears its research lightly and is written with genuine verve."
tilføjet af bookfitz | RedigerThe Guardian, DJ Taylor (Mar 21, 2009)
 
Simmons's novel is a long, overweight gothic fantasy, stuffed with the fruits of its author's research. The fictional Dickens, Collins and their world do not quite correspond with historical reality. But the story has a manic energy that compels shock and awe, if not belief. The closer it comes to fantasy, the better it becomes.
 
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"What brought good Wilkie's genius nigh perdition? Some demon whispered - 'Wilkie! Have a mission.' " - A.C. Swinburne, Fortnightly Review, Nov., 1889
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All those thousands upon thousands of days and nights of writing--writing through unspeakable pain and intolerable loneliness and in utter dread--and you...Reader...have not read or been in the audience for any one of them.

To hell with it. To hell with you.
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I et 125 år gammelt manuskript af Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens' ven og lejlighedsvise medforfatter, afslører han den mørke hemmelighed, der bjergtog dem begge, men endte deres venskab. I Londons skumle underverden jager de en uhyggelig og spøgelsesagtig person, som Dickens er fuldstændig besat af, og som bliver hovedpersonen i hans sidste og ufuldendte roman.

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