Sunday, 13 February 2011

COLLLINS, Wilkie, The Woman in White Penguin Readers C1 (3000 headwords)

by Helga Puigdomènech Sanjuán 2º Bachillerato EFL

This story narrates the typical, but also delightful, love story where there is a platonic love between a good positioned young lady (Laura Fairlie) and her middle class art teacher (Walter Hartright). However, she finds herself engaged to a rich man (Sir Percival Glyde), since her father asked her to marry him when he was close to death. The unpleasant behaviour of her future husband will make Laura realise that he just wants the money from her father's heritage..

This is a novel where you can find intrigue, platonic love, detective work and corruption. I would recommend this book to those people who like stories in which you don't know the truth until the end, when everything come to light.

There is an interesting fact in the novel that caught my attention: the narrator changes every few chapters. That makes the novel very entertaining because you can appreciate different points of view, speeches, characters and behaviours, depending on which person is telling the story.

You can read this story quite quickly. It is easy to understand the vocabulary and the grammar is not too complicated. Personally I think this book is suitable for people with an intermediate level of English.

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