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 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
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 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
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
"His hands, that had convulsively been catching at the blankets, let go their short and quivering grasp, and lay extended on the bed like the claws of some bird that had died of hunger . . . so meager, so yellow, so spread"
After burning the painting:
"You have burned me, then; but those are flames I can survive . . . . I am alive . . . I am beside you”
When Stanton is in the insane asylum
being taunted by Melmoth:
“You must be content with the spider and the rat, to crawl and...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
Hasta aquí muy bien, pero luego es un cumulo de historias dentro de historias, q...more
At this point I've read roughly 75% of the novels and short story collections covered, which stretch back as far as Christopher Marlowe's 1592 play Doctor Faustus and as recently as Ramsey Campbell's short story collection Dark Feasts (1987).
Over the years I've read a lot of older horror novels and plays, and some of them still work as frightening reads for...more
There are bits of humour in there that I really liked - like when the Irish housekeeper admits that the candlesticks are all broken, and Melmoth (not the titular Melmoth, the other one), asks her how sh...more
The book takes us from the rocky cliffs of I...more
This book got the best of me. I can't think of the last time I threw a book down in frustration after 250 pages. How do I get that far and give up? Well, Christmas may have something to do with it. Whenever I'm visiting someone's home and reading a book, people feel compelled to walk up to me and start talking. If I go try to hide, they come and find me to "check" on me and then the talking starts. All this damn Christmas cheer (bah humbug) makes it hard to read a book that requir...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