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[Ebook] The Mysteries of Udolpho By Ann Radcliffe –

The Mysteries of UdolphoA Best Seller In Its Day And A Potent Influence On Sade, Poe, And Other Purveyors Of Eighteenth And Nineteenth Century Gothic Horror, The Mysteries Of Udolpho Remains One Of The Most Important Works In The History Of European Fiction After Emily St Aubuert Is Imprisoned By Her Evil Guardian, Count Montoni, In His Gloomy Medieval Fortress In The Appenines, Terror Becomes The Order Of The Day With Its Dream Like Plot And Hallucinatory Rendering Of Its Characters Psychological States, The Mysteries Of Udolpho Is A Fascinating Challenge To Contemporary Readers.

[Ebook] The Mysteries of Udolpho By Ann Radcliffe –
  • Paperback
  • 676 pages
  • The Mysteries of Udolpho
  • Ann Radcliffe
  • English
  • 17 August 2019
  • 9780192815026

    10 thoughts on “[Ebook] The Mysteries of Udolpho By Ann Radcliffe –

  1. says:

    This mammoth, prolix book the first wildly popular gothic novel is indifferently written, poorly planned,and inconsistent in purpose and tone Radcliffe s style is irritating, filled with continual redundancies, superfluous commas and dialogue that is often stilted and improbable The plot doesn t even get in gear until a third of the way through two hundred pages , and it loses its focus and dissipates its power in the last one hundred and fifty pages or so when Radcliffe introduces some pallid new characters and orchestrates a few second rate thrills that in their similarities to events of the earlier narrative verge on self parody Yet the novel has an undeniable power and charm A lot of this is due to Emily, the virtuous and loving but never stuffy young lady protagonist who would certainly become a model for Austen as well as a source of parody not only because of her sensible moral nature and highly developed sensibility but also because of her willingness to modify her often mistaken judgments when confronted with reliable information The villain Montoni is also memorable, the prototype of Heathcliffe, Rochester, de Winter and many He is not really evil so much as thoroughly selfish, completely arrogant, convinced of the absolute privilege of patriarchy and nobility He is beli...

  2. says:

    A well informed mind is the best security against the contagion of folly and vice The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness Store it with ideas, teach it the pleasure of thinking and the temptations of the world without, will be counteracted by the gratifications derived from the world within Castle UdolphoEmily St Aubert has done her best to prepare her mind for the outside world, but when both her parents suddenly succumb to a sickness she finds herself at the mercy of charity Her aunt, the sister of her father, reluctantly takes her in Her aunt is, well, difficult Madame Montoni was not of a nature to bear injuries with meekness, or to resent them with dignity her exasperated pride displayed itself in all the violence and acrimony of a little, or at least of an ill regulated mind She would not acknowledge, even to herself, that she had in any degree provoked contempt by her duplicity, but weakly persisted in believing, that she alone was to be pitied The only source of comfort t...

  3. says:

    Emily St Aubert, has it all, loving parents, a nice, little, charming estate, she lives on, in southern France, Anno Domini 1584 The young gentlewoman, adores walking around her father s land, looking at the nearby, exotic Pyrenees Mountains, watching the calm Garonne River, flow by, hearing it making soft noises, as it goes along The lady likes playing an instrument, singing songs, to her affectionate father and mother, while sitting on a hill, with a great view, an enchanting moment, never forgotten The Chateau is located in the province of Gascany, a beautiful area, the Atlantic Ocean., a short distance from their home, away from the tumultuous politics and battles, of Paris, meeting her beloved Monsieur Valancourt, the perfect life, but the world keeps turning, and not always in the right direction Emily soon loses both her parents, medicine being very primitive, back then, Aunt Cheron, her father s unkind sister, takes Emily to her home, the cold aunt promptly marries an evil Italian, Signor Montoni, who wants to take, Emily and her aunt, to his mysterious Castle of Udolpho, a remote valley, in Italy Faithful Valancourt, warns the teenager, not to go , and instead marry him immediately, he has heard things And very unfavorable to Signor Montoni, but Emily promised her dying father, to stay with his sister, until she comes of age, do I have to tell you, she makes a big, big , mistake Climbing the treacherous, but alluring Alps M...

  4. says:

    I m reading this book again to get back in touch with some of the early English gothic novels I m struck, in these early pages, by the extreme romanticization and lush description of nature The natural world has a sort of earthy goodness th...

  5. says:

    No puedo puntuarlo porque lo abandon en la p gina 500 m s o menos de 800 La verdad que me estaba pareciendo un libro interesante, me encantan esas descripciones a lo Romanticismo alem n, y la segunda parte en el castillo me gust mucho la primera se me hizo bastante m s pesada pero llegado a cierto punto perd el inter s, y esta lectura requiere una co...

  6. says:

    You speak like a heroine, said Montoni, contemptuously we shall see if you can suffer like one And if all the sentences in this book were half as good as that one, we d be looking at a five star book here, but sadly the rest of it is just hella boring You might be reading a lame book if you have this thought Oh great, it s one of the heroine s long, shitty poems that s three fewer pages I ll have to actually read And if you think Montoni s threat means that the torture device you briefly glimpsed 50 pages ago is going to make a second, exciting appearance, you are wrong Mysteries of Udolpho is the second classic Gothic novel, the first being Horace Walpole s Castle of Otranto 1763 , which is better mostly because it s much shorter And Radcliffe pours on the Gothic stuff this is like a master class in the Rules Of Gothicness, and here s a Gothic drinking game which I fleshed out quite a bit here drink for each of the following plot devices Spooky castles Ghosts, vampires or other monsters Nasty weather Overwrought language Ancient family curses Damsels in distress distress of losing their chastity in nightgowns who faint a lot Byronic men with secretsIf you find yourself drunk you are reading a Gothic novel Or watching Scoo...

  7. says:

    3.5 rounded up Ye Gads I started this book back in July, had to table it, and started over the first week in December Still took me a month to finish I have to say, what Ms Radcliffe could have used the most in her writing career was the services of a good editor I can appreciate long descriptive passages, but how many in depth descriptions of someone collapsing into tears does one need By halfway through the book, she could have just said Emily wept and I would have known she was collapsed on the floor and near fainting.It is hard to put a finger on why this twisting, convoluted, over populated work works, but it does By the time the characters finally reached Udolpho, I was hooked and wanted to see where it was going and how on earth Radcliffe was going to tie up all these loose ends There were so many threads, it was hard to keep track of which Baron, Count or Chevalier was being followed or accused There were all the likely Gothic contrivances, castles with corridors beyond end and parts of houses not seen in 20 years, ghosts populating the pe...

  8. says:

    2.5 Every author and aspiring author should read this book Not because it is a great book it really wasn t but because they will look at their proofreaders, copy editors and beta readers with a whole new appreciation Another reader I know decided to read the audio version fell asleep When she awoke a few hours later Emily her father were still endlessly travelling through Europe A ruthless, modern day editor would have halved this book in size would have produced a far better book The imaginative descriptions of th...

  9. says:

    I believe that memory is responsible for nearly all these three volume novels Oscar Wilde One thing I will say for this book is that it made Oscar Wilde s plays even entertaining for me I now know what he was talking about when he trashes books of unusually revolting sentimentality And what he says is very true I am absolutely certain that Ann Radcliffe wrote this book as a sort of extended journal for her travels At least half of it is devoted to scenery descriptions Now this is not a bad thing in itself I read classics all the time and I understand appreciate that books tended to be long winded due to the limited amounts of solo activities available at the time But this is ridiculous I should point out that the full title of this book is The Mysteries of Udolpho, A Romance interspersed with some pieces of poetry by Ann Radcliffe SOME pieces Give me a break She throws in her poetry every chance she gets Her prose is neither creative or inspired Every single verse is cheesy, lacking good poetic structure and ALWAYS about nature This quickly gets redundant and I found myself skipping over her longer ones which can last for pages I have seen a few reviewers compare this book as the predecessor to Jane Austen I beg to differ I have read every single one of Jane Austen s books an...

  10. says:

    I chose to read this book the same way many other people did I was reading the Jane Austen novel Northanger Abbey as part of a group read, and the topic of The Horrid Novels came up The Mysteries Of Udolpho was the only one I had access to, so it was the one I read.This is a long book, old fashioned in style naturally, being published in 1794 but I enjoyed it very much, even though I had my doubts going in because I lost my taste for the Gothic genre years ago I expected to give up on it, but I was intrigued by Emily and her life, and found myself and curious about what would happen next with each page I read.I also had fun with this book, as I try to do with anything I read I learned new words like IZARD, MASSY, and DINGLE I actually have wild dingles close to me and never knew it until I looked up the definition to see why they seemed to make Emily so nervous.But it was when I read this sentence that I became curious about Ann Radcliffe herself Her present life appeared like the dream of a distempered imagination, or like one of those frightful fictions, in which the wild genius of the poets sometimes delighted I was impressed by the incredible phrase like the dream of a distempered imagination and the entire sentence made me wonder if perhaps Radcliffe had read something which inspired her to write Udolpho.some frightful fiction aka horrid novel that set her to conjuring up all sorts of ghostly ideas that led to this book.So I looked her up at Wik...

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