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Bride of Lammermoor (Tales of My Landlord #3 part 1)

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Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott
This gem by Sir Walter Scott is highly recommended.
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Published April 1st 2011 by qasim idrees (first published 1819)
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Bill  Kerwin

This is an impressive work, one that can be enjoyed by fans of the historical novel, the gothic novel and the novel of ethnic character--provided they accept "The Bride" as a not completely effective fusion of the three and are willing to adjust their expectations accordingly.

The essential plot--the story of the dispossessed Master of Ravenswood (now living on top of a promontory overlooking the sea in a half-ruined castle) and how he falls in love with the daughter of his mortal enemy, eventua
Henry Avila
Sep 10, 2014 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Around the time of the union between Scotland and England 1707, great changes are occurring in that ancient and unhappy land of the north, rebellion is always beneath the calm surface, in uneasy Scotland. Rivalries, family blood feuds, (and just plain hate), political contests between Whigs and Tories, for power, but with a polite face shown. Edgar , the son of the late Lord Ravenswood, ruined by Sir William Ashton, a devious lawyer or a honest man, depending on your side of the aisle, bribery w ...more
Aug 16, 2007 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gothic lit fans!
Seriously gothic fans, listen up: This is your ultimate indulgence. This is ridiculously over the top. The characters actually swish their cloaks and make dark, portentous pronouncements. Wolves really howl at the moon, the dudes really live in broken down castles. Ladies go mad! Men lose their inheritance and swear revenge! Old family feuds! Star crossed lovers! (Though let's note about that that they make no sense and the hero seems to be more 'Eh, well, she's a chick, she loves me. I'm pretty ...more
Aug 27, 2010 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Bride of Lammermoor“is surprisingly funny. It’s about two Scottish families who, through the centuries, fight over the same fortune and land holdings. One family wrests it away from the other branch and a century or so later another grabs it back and so on. As the book opens Lord Ravenswood has just lost his father and his fortune. It’s reverted back to the Ashton’s. In his anguish Ravenswood decides to go back to the house he grew up in and confront Ashton but along the way some wayward co ...more
Aug 21, 2008 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after working on the opera based on it which, it turns out, has relatively little to do with the novel after all. While the opera is boiled down to the story of two star-crossed lovers, the novel puts the lovers on the back-burner, preferring to concentrate its focus on creating a record of Scottish politics and daily life at the turn of the 18th century. This is evident in the care and detail Scott devotes to describing, say, hospitality rituals, about which he goes on and on. ...more
Cloaks swirl, ladies go mad, rocks fall, everyone dies. Full review coming!
Aug 25, 2013 Lobstergirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sir Loin
Shelves: own, fiction

I truly thought my whole life would pass without any Walter Scott, but I picked up this paperback for pennies at a sidewalk sale because I'm drawn to old paperbacks. There it sat along with all my other sidewalk sale finds until I reread Madame Bovary, which contains a scene in which Emma and Charles Bovary attend a performance of Donizetti's opera Lucia di Lammermoor, which is loosely based on this novel. (Another novel whose occupants attend this opera is Where Angels Fear to Tread.) So then I
May 25, 2014 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Donizetti’s opera, “Lucia di Lammermoor,” is based on this novel by Sir Walter Scott. Published in 1819, Scott’s narrative is set in southern Scotland and traces the tragic love affair of Lucy Ashton and her family’s enemy, Edgar Ravenswood. Lucy’s father has, through shady legal maneuvering, taken possession of all the properties of the ancient and honorable Ravenswood family, leaving Edgar as the family’s role and impoverished survivor. Intent of revenge, Edgar unwillingly falls in love with L ...more
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From BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial:
Mike Harris adapts Sir Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor.

The novel is set in the Lammermuir Hills of south-east Scotland at the beginning of the 18th Century and tells of a tragic love affair between young Lucy Ashton and her family's enemy Edgar Ravenswood.

The Ashtons and Ravenswoods have been enemies for centuries - but will a proposed union between the warring families finally bring peace?

Music Composed and
Carol Storm
Sep 30, 2014 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! It's as sexy as any romance novel, but has a tragic ending and feels almost like a Shakespeare play. Usually Sir Walter Scott is romantic about history, and the gallant knights and damsels fair always win the day. Here it's almost like he knows the modern world must triumph over a nobler past, and he's sad but honest. When he lets his hero die at the end, he's like Deke Thornton saying goodbye to Pike Bishop in Sam Peckinpah's classic Western THE WILD BUNCH.
Aug 20, 2009 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shawn by: It also jumped off the shelf -- unlooked for at the book house i
Scott really is a masterful novelist. If, like me, your knowledge of this tale originates in Donizetti's opera, you will be fascinated by the job of his librettists! They managed to plumb the psychological depths of the story even as they did away with 90% of the characters and plot. The recognizable plot line of the opera starts up about Chapter 20, or nearly 170 pages into the novel. And the last chapters move along with the same intensity as the opera. But the excitement of the novel lies in ...more
Read in an 1897 edition. [These notes were made in 1982:]. This novel should have been a hundred pages longer. It starts and proceeds at Scott's leisurely pace, and about half the main action - the return of Ravenswood, Lucy's attempted murder of Bucklaw, her madness and death, and Ravenswood's death, are crammed into the last 15 pages. That rather glaring fault aside, there is much to like here, and some particularly impressive scenes - one can see how it captured the European imagination enoug ...more
Czarny Pies
Apr 19, 2015 Czarny Pies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-lit
Today Ivanhoe is Walter Scott's most read novel. Ivanhoe is nice enough. Moreover at time when England was considering emancipating its Jews, it draws attention in a timely fashion to how unjust the actual expulsion of Jews from England in 1290 A.D. had been.

Nonetheless, The Bride of Lammermoor is by far the most important book that Scott ever wrote. It took Europe by storm and is largely responsible for the launch of Romanticism in France as the French were blissfully unaware of the German roma
Perry Whitford
May 11, 2015 Perry Whitford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"When the last Laird of Ravenswood to Ravenswood shall ride,
And woo a dead maiden to be his bride,
He shall stable his steed in the Kelpie's flow,
And his name shall be lost for evermoe!"

Ill-fated lovers from rival families, an old prophecy threatening to come true, an imperious blind sybil, three malicious old crones straight out of MacBeth and the usual soup of sectarian political maneuvering, The Bride of Lammermoor is everything you would want in a Waverley novel, and something less - which
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in October 2001.

Scott was once the most famous writer of his generation, and his novels were still quite widely read until relatively recently. Today, though, most of them have pretty much lapsed into obscurity. The Bride of Lammermoor, for example, is probably better known today through the opera Donizetti based on it.

The Bride of Lammermoor is basically a melodramatic variation on Romeo and Juliet. As the son of a Jacobite, Edgar, Master of Ravenswood, has
Oct 08, 2013 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm ashamed to say that this is the first novel by Scott that I've read, but I'm pleased that I liked it as much as I did. What's impressive about _The Bride of Lammermoor_ is its complexity. The opening discussion of the ill-fated painter, Dick Tinto, seemed like a bizarre way to begin a story (especially when Tinto himself has so many problems with narrative), but I liked many of the questions the opening raised about the cultural status of romance genre, its reliance on dialogue, and its rela ...more
Andra Constantin
Nov 21, 2013 Andra Constantin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
This heartbreaking love story and family history, reacts a Scottish legend in the Romeo and Juliet style.
He is the last heir of a noble family brought to ruin. She is the beautiful and sensible daughter of a newly raised to wealth family. Her father brought ruin on his family.
The customs and superstitions of the Scottish society at the beginning of the 18th century and the importance given to parental guidance and family honor, detailed with objectivity and with enough depth to make the reader u
Feb 12, 2011 Alger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel of Sir Walter Scott's was truly outstanding in the tone and the genre in which it was written. Admittedly I have only read four other Scott novels, but this one was unique from the others as it was based off of a true sequence of events in Scottish history, but lent itself to the gothic supernatural genre similar to Shakespeare's "Macbeth." There are prophecies, three old crones foreshadowing impending doom, venerable houses of yore on the verge of collapse, and the Scottish moors. Sc ...more
Dec 18, 2013 Melodee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is based on an ancient Scottish legend of an ill-fated engagement between two young persons of warring families (Romeo and Juliet). The tale has a little of everything- an amusing servant, an overbearing mother, old crones dabbling in witchcraft, prophecies and politics. Scott is a superb storyteller, and the only quibble I would have with this book is the fact that so much of it is in colloquial Scottish dialect. Hence, one has to refer back to the notes on the text in the rear of the ...more
Sep 09, 2009 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-novels
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Apr 12, 2012 L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though it was difficult to understand the Scottish dialect of some of the characters and words like "precipitous", "conviviality", "gossamer" it was all worth the majestic but eerie ending and of course the prophecies, scary and romantic legends about witches, fountain-maidens and ravens falling from the sky - which actually prompted me to read this work in the first place (since I am an avid fan of Scooby Doo and E.A.Poe stories). Also, there were some funny (in a cute, giggly way) and shocking ...more
Dec 26, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this novel in preparation for learning the role of Lucia in Donizetti's opera loosely based on the text. I've never been a huge fan of gothic lit., but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Scott's prose. I found Lucy to be an uninspiring piece of characterless fluff, only there as a plot point, but I highly enjoyed the secondary characters that don't make an appearance in the opera. For a novel full of such dark, brooding landscapes and heroes, I found myself laughing several times at th ...more
Mar 31, 2016 Cassia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book in a series of classic readings. Why Sir Walter Scott's Bride of Lammermoor? Because I loved so much Donizetti's opera that I wanted to know more about this romantic tragedy.
Scott's slow prose wasn't easy for me as well as the Scottish characters' language. A real challenge.

I discovered a strong plot and interesting characters like the weak Sir Ashton, the cruel Lady Ashton, and the resourceful butler Balderstone. A traditional Scottish story of the pasqt, full of passion, superstiti
now on BBC Classic Serial starts June 29

Mike Harris adapts Sir Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor.

The novel is set in the Lammermuir Hills of south-east Scotland at the beginning of the 18th Century and tells of a tragic love affair between young Lucy Ashton and her family's enemy Edgar Ravenswood.

The Ashtons and Ravenswoods have been enemies for centuries - but will a proposed union between the warring families finally bring peace?

Music Composed and performed by Ross Hughes and Esben Tjalv
Beautiful tragic romance that made me cry at the end. Scott does wander off into seemingly purposeless rambles, with extra characters who have no usefulness in the story, but I forgive him b/c the rest of the writing is so very good.

I love the characters and the story line! The writing is exactly designed to sweep one away to another world, another time.

They say that he wrote most of the book whilst he was deliriously ill by dictating to his editor/publisher Ballantyne. Maybe that accounts for s
While the novel's focus occasionally seems a little off (most readers, I imagine, would be far more interested in the the thoughts of the title character than in the property disputes and hunting outings which take up a large portion of the book), the sections dealing with the central characters (particularly Lucy, Edgar, and Lady Ashton) are well drawn and fascinating. The melodrama escalates in that perfect restraint that only writers of the nineteenth century seem able to manage, culminating ...more
Mar 21, 2012 VeeDawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was hard to read with the Scottish jargon and customs being strange, but I really liked it anyway. It reminds me a little of Macbeth with the witch ladies, and evil prophecies, ghosts, and of course the tragic ending. I like the characters; especially the Master of Ravenswood (who is dashing and proud, and makes the best entrance ever at the engagement scene), Lady Lucy Ashton (who is a very tragic figure, bound to obey her parents, but also in love with the family enemy), and the old
The Lit Bitch
Beware the Ravenswood!

This is a must read for fans of the genre....a classic gothic romance!

This Gothic tale has it all....witches, women going mad, a family fallen from grace, degenerative castles, ruined fortunes, Byronic heros, star crossed lovers, a dark prophecy, ominous symbology...everything! It is MacBeth, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Wuthering Heights all rolled into one. I wish Goodreads would let me give 1/2 stars as I would rate this one 3.5 stars....
See my full review here
Prova definitiva che Walter Scott per me è un'assoluta palla al piede e che devo tenermi alla larga: pensavo non ci fossero rivali al tedio di Ivanhoe e invece devo ricredermi. Come in quel caso, il personaggio che dà il titolo al romanzo è incolore e potrebbe stare lì come non starci.
Tra l'altro, visti alcuni momenti che a me sono sembrati comici (come i due tizi litigano per chi deve duellare per primo con Ravenswood, o la corsa delle carrozze per arrivare a casa degli Ashton), non ho capito
Andrea Lundgren
Sep 29, 2014 Andrea Lundgren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having only read Ivanhoe out of the many novels written by Sir Walter Scott, I wanted to try another one, so I read through the descriptions and chose The Bride of Lammermoor. It is supposedly very different from his other works, both in style and length, being fairly short. Many people commented about how amusingly gothic it was, so I figured I’d give it a try.

The story tells the tragic tale of young Ravenswood, the descendent of a noble family who lives in a crumbling tower by the sea, and the
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Sir Walter Scott was born on August 15, 1771 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Scott created and popularized historical novels in a series called the Waverley Novels. In his novels Scott arranged the plots and characters so the reader enters into the lives of both great and ordinary people caught up in violent, dramatic
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