Melmoth the Wanderer
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There's an old story told by Ezra Pound--I believe it can be found either in "The ABC of Reading" or "From Confucius to Cummings"--about a retired sea captain, determined to improve his primary school Latin, who was tasked by his tutor (the local vicar or schoolmaster) with reading Vergil's Aeneid. When he had finished, his mentor inquired, "How did you like the hero?"
"Hero? What hero?" the captain replied.
"Why, it's Aeneus I mean," answered the teacher.
"Hero? You call him a hero? By God, I ...more
Melmoth the Wanderer, damned for some undiscovered reason and doomed to wander the earth looking for individuals in the pit of despair and anguish i ...more
Its not what I expected. Its worse. Melmoth is hardly in it. Instead, there are many stories about other people doing other things, and once in a while Melmoth pops in. Like The Decameron or The Canterbury Tales with so many stories. Being from 1820, the descriptions are VERY long and it takes a while for the ...more
The structure of this novel is simply evil, with stories within stories within stories. I personally found the tale of the unwilling monk in the Spanish Inquisition times the best - truly horrifying at times.
I lost the plot in the Indian tale - especia ...more
Ο ματουριν φανηκε πως ηθελε να κανει επιδειξη γνωσεων σε καποια σημεια με αποτελεσμα να αφαιρει λιγο απο το ενδιαφερον του αναγνωστη. Ενα ωραιο βιβλιο,που θα μπορουσε να ειναι ακομη πιο ωραιο αν ελλειπε η ακατασχετη φλυαρια του συγγραφεα ...more
The premise is fascinating and many sections of the tale are diffi ...more
Why, yes...yes, it is! Plodding and dull, with around 50% of the text quotations from other works, including Gothic writers such as Radcliffe and Lewis, a peculiarity that maybe I've just never noticed in works of the time, there is little of note here. Maturin, a fine ...more
Welcome to Melmoth the Wanderer - Gothic horror/Fantasy par excellence, which really doesn't know how to write about a sentiment without cranking it up to 11, and the going just a little more.
Meet Melmoth, the most villanious, diabolical villain ever, whose eyes can send people trembling and whose mere laughter can drive them mad. He's Faust li ...more
Its chief flaw lies in the excessive length of the "Tale of the Indians", to my mind the least compelling of the various sub-narratives which comp ...more
Created by an Irish clergyman, Melmoth is one of the most fiendish characters in literature. In a satanic bargain, Melmoth exchanges his soul for immortality. The story of his tortured wanderings through the centuries is pieced together through those who have been implored by Melmoth to take over his pact with the devil. Influenced by the Gothic romances of the late 18th century, Maturin's diabolic tale raised the genre to a new and macabre pitch. Its many admirers include P...more
And that's the genius, somehow, of th ...more
Hasta aquí muy bien, pero luego es un cumulo de historias dentro de historias, q ...more
His first three works were published under the pseudonym Dennis Jasper Murphy and were critical and commercial failures. They did, however, catch the attention of Sir Walter Scott, who recommended Maturin's work to Lord Byron. With the help of these two literary luminaries, ...more