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Basil by Wilkie Collins
By: (1824-1889)

Basil by Wilkie Collins is a brilliantly crafted novel that seamlessly weaves together elements of mystery, romance, and suspense. The story follows the protagonist, Basil, as he becomes entangled in a web of deceit and betrayal that threatens to destroy his life.

Collins' writing is engaging and captivating, drawing the reader in with vivid descriptions and intricate characterizations. The plot unfolds at a steady pace, keeping the reader on edge as secrets are revealed and mysteries unravel.

One of the standout aspects of Basil is its exploration of complex themes such as identity, ambition, and the destructive power of obsession. The characters are richly drawn and feel remarkably real, each grappling with their own inner demons and struggles.

Overall, Basil is a gripping and thought-provoking read that will appeal to fans of gothic literature and psychological thrillers. Collins' skillful storytelling and intricate plot make this novel a compelling and unforgettable read.

Book Description:
Basil, son of a father who values the family pedigree and who would not let him marry below his station, falls in love at first sight with a girl he sees on a bus. He stalks her and discovers she is Margaret Sherwin, only daughter of a linen draper. He stalks her and persuades her father to let him marry her secretly. He agrees on the condition, that, as his daughter is only seventeen, they live apart for the first year. At first the secret works, but then the mysterious Mannion, whose emotions cannot be read in his face, returns from abroad. On the last night of the year Basil follows Margaret and Mannion and discovers them in flagrante delicto. (Wikipedia)

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