'Few venture as thou hast in the alarming paths of sin.' This is the final judgement of Satan on Victoria di Loredani, the heroine of Zofloya, or The Moor (1806), a tale of lust, betrayal, and multiple murder set in Venice in the last days of the fifteenth century. The novel follows Victoria's progress from spoilt daughter of indulgent aristocrats, through a period of abus...more
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Wow. I finished this book about 10 minutes ago and I’m still reeling from the ending. No matter what you think of this book, you have to admit that it has more shocks and twists and turns than you could ever imagine. It’s kind of like a soap opera, actually. Just when you think a character could be happy - BAM! something comes along to destroy it.
I did find the style of writing in this book a little hard to get into, but that’...more
Almost every single time I went to read it, I was put right to sleep.
I wish I was joking, but I slept about 9 or 10 hours last night because I was trying in vain to finish this book for my class.
We have to present to the class the structure of the Gothic novel, and I am doing the significance of the Devil and his role in a lot of Gothic books.
Would he came a bit sooner... Zofloya (Satan) doesn't appear until page 145. By then you are dulled out of yo...more
If you're in the mood for a gothic horror filled with sex, murder, and sin - this is not a bad choice. I would still recommend The Monk by Mathew Lewis above it though.
She married Nicholas Byrne, editor of the Morning Post, and her obituary in 1825 referred to her as Charlotte Byrne.
Today, she is known for her contributions to Gothic fiction, most nota...more