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The artist Valentine Blyth has a very generous heart. He lovingly cares for his invalid wife, rescues a deaf orphan girl from maltreatment in a traveling circus and adopts her, and mentors a young man who gets in trouble with his tyrannical father. The girl, who received the nickname ‚Madonna’, falls in love with the young man, Zack. Because one of Valentine’s biggest fears is that Madonna’s blood relations will one day trace her and take her away from his home, he keeps the little that he knows of her origins a strict secret. One day, Zack befriends a mysterious stranger, who has just returned from years of rough life in the American wilderness. From that moment, the plot thickens, in mid-19th century dramatic style.


This is Wilkie Collins’ third published novel (1854, read from the 1861 edition). Summary by Anna Simon (15 hr 36 min)

Chapters

Preface to the revised edition

4:05

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Opening Chapter. A child's sunday

37:50

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Book I - Chapter I. A new neighborhood, and a strange character

34:10

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Book I - Chapter II. Mr. Blyth in his studio

26:35

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Book I - Chapter III. Madonna's childhood

40:06

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Book I - Chapter IV. Madonna's mother

40:19

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Book I - Chapter V. Madonna's misfortune

29:48

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Book I - Chapter VI. Madonna goes to London

32:12

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Book I - Chapter VII. Madonna in her new home

18:01

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Book I - Chapter VIII. Mentor and Telemachus

20:36

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Book I - Chapter IX. The tribulations of Zack

17:35

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Book I - Chapter X. Mr Blyth's drawing academy

38:26

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Book I - Chapter XI. The brewing of the storm

42:14

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Book II - Chapter I. The man with the black skull-cap

32:30

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Book II - Chapter II. The prodigal's return

20:05

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Book II - Chapter III. The search begun

33:45

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Book II - Chapter IV. Fate works, with Zack for an instrument

25:42

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Book II - Chapter V. Fate works, with Mr. Blyth for an instrument

49:23

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Book II - Chapter VI. The finding of the clue

15:41

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Book II - Chapter VII. The box of letters

19:56

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Book II - Chapter VIII. Joanna Grice's narrative

41:11

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Book II - Chapter IX. More discoveries

25:54

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Book II - Chapter X. The squaw's mixture

41:14

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Book II - Chapter XI. The garden door

41:34

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Book II - Chapter XII. The hair bracelet

27:08

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Book II - Chapter XIII. The search for Arthur Carr

29:18

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Book II - Chapter XIV. Mary's grave

50:23

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Book II - Chapter XV. The discovery of Arthur Carr

35:28

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Book II - Chapter XVI. The day of reckoning

18:38

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Book II - Chapter XVII. Matthew Grice's revenge

30:13

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Closing Chapter. A year and a half afterwards

16:00

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Bewertungen

(4,5 Sterne)

Beautifully Read. Thank you. Social pressures and interference destroying lives. Good people interceding rearranges the cards for a good and unexpected outcome. Wilkie Collins despite his comments about what women are like throughout his books again here exposes unjust social norms. A good story.

Wilkie, you made me cry!

(5 Sterne)

Another gripping story of secrets and intrigue and love, which triumphs over all. Somewhat emotional at times and made me cry. This is another of Wilkies must read!

(5 Sterne)

wonderful story very well-read really got to know the characters and some good plot twists too!

LOVING VENGEANCE

(5 Sterne)

A bit slow coming together, but a choice morsel once it did. WC always makes the reader to know the characters intimately. The narrator gave voice to assist in our intimacy with them. Well done by all

Wonderful

(5 Sterne)

I absolutely adored this story. Not as dark as Collins usually is but still detailed. A delightful story and well read.

(4 Sterne)

Good job by Anna. as far as I have listened, B-1;C-3, story line seems to be dragging. Will give it another go later. ok. I gave it another go. this time I was able to enjoy it. thank you Anna.

(5 Sterne)

Excellent story well read. I enjoyed this story and always returned to it with great anticipation. Thank you, Carl

(5 Sterne)

Enjoyable story in true Wilkie Collins style beautifully read