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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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Kelly
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
Cynthia
“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
Andrew
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
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...more
Lobstergirl
Aug 25, 2013 Lobstergirl rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Sir Loin
Shelves: fiction, own

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...more
Surreysmum
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
Shawn
Aug 20, 2009 Shawn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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...more
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
Claire
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...more
Gwen
This book is an amazing soporific. Next time I have trouble sleeping, I’m going to download it back to my Kindle and have a go. I don’t even think Richardson’s Pamela was this bad, and that book could be like pulling teeth.

Scott meanders A LOT. If he can find an excuse to go off on a tangent, then he will take it, by God. Much of this book could have been trimmed without really losing anything. Then he doesn’t help matters either by giving away the climax in the first chapter. To be honest, tho...more
My Inner Shelf
Une sombre histoire en plein milieu de l’Écosse, voilà qui a tout pour plaire. Je n’avais jamais lu Walter Scott, c’est donc une première pour moi. L’histoire est assez simple, pour ne pas dire rudimentaire. Un jeune héritier ruiné fait voeu de venger sa famille déchue et dépouillée de ses biens. Hélas, il tombe amoureux de la fille de son ennemi mortel. Par amour pour elle il renonce à la vengeance, et se laisse adoucir par le père de la demoiselle, soucieux de s’attirer les faveurs du jeune ho...more
Stefaniab
I found the Bride of Lammermoor difficult to get through. The core story is quite intriguing, especially if you like the 21st century brand of Scottish romance. Moreover Lucia di Lamermoor is one of my favorite operas. So I was predisposed to enjoy Scott's story.

Scott originally wrote Bride of Lammermoor as part of his series of Tales of My Landlord. He was a great student of lowlands Scottish culture and wrote non-fiction on the subject. Unfortunately for us readers 200 years later, in Bride we...more
Neil
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
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...more
Pamela
Ivanhoe, without a doubt, is my favorite book by Sir Walter Scott. It was engaging, it was funny, it was dramatic, and it was fun to read. The story lent itself well to a bunch of twists and turns.

The Bride of Lammermoor, on the other hand, was so convoluted and full of unnecessary narrative that it was nigh on unreadable in certain parts. We spend a lot of time reading about what people eat, i.e. how many herrings, tankards of ale, etc., or conversations between characters who have little beari...more
Alger
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
Melodee
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
Sara
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L
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
Anita Rivera
How to rate this book.... I would give it a 5 if it didn't disappoint me on some level, and a 4 if it was something I'd read again.

First things first, skip the first chapter it's useless and VERY dry, the story starts with chapter 2.

Now that we've got passed that, I read this book because Lucia Di Lammermoor is probably my favorite opera of all time as well as Lucia being one of my favorite characters in any of the operas that I've seen. My biggest disappointment is that the book didn't have m...more
Laura
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
Jennifer
What could have been a cracking good Gothic suffers under Scott's meandering style. And I say that as someone who's read her fair share of meandering 19th century literature. All the elements of horror are present and accounted for, as well as a hilarious and effective running comic subplot about the lengths to which an old retainer will go in order to preserve the "credit of the family," so it's no wonder Donizetti cribbed it for his wonderful opera. It's just the delivery that's lacking. Scot...more
Hikari Shiroki
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Kailey
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...more
Rachel
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
VeeDawn

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...more
Amanda
My enjoyment of Bride of Lammermoor was severely limited by the author summarizing the plot, including the climax and denouement, in the first chapter. Perhaps had I not known the ending from the onset, I might've been a bit more compelled by the action.

Struggling through the colloquially-written Scots was also a bit of a challenge, particularly when it came to the long-winded, annoying servant, Caleb Balderstone.

I wanted to like this more than I did, particularly because Jane Smiley seemed to...more
Julia
I loved this book. I can understand why others might disagree, and can appreciate a negative critique. I, however, personally have a taste for the operatic and melodramatic. The Gothic Romance, after all, is what I have modelled all of my numerous love affairs on. I loved Ravenswood as a character, loved his nobility and pride, his darkness of feature and brooding psyche... And I loved the way Scott, in trying to make his Bride of Lammermoor into the Scottish Novel, alluded so often (and so clev...more
Michelle
I CAN'T DO THIS. On-hold infinitely.
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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...more
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