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The Sign of the Spider: An Episode

3.18 of 5 stars 3.18  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Laurence Stanninghame walks out of his unhappy marriage in England to pursue adventure in Johannesburg. Things seem to be looking up for Stanninghame, though: on the cruise to South Africa he meets the beautiful Lilith Ormskirk, and when he arrives in Johannesburg he quickly makes his fortune.

But things just as quickly take a turn for the worse when Stanninghame's luck des
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Valancourt Books (first published 1897)
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Oct 29, 2008 Martha rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This is an interesting adventure story, written around the same time as Heart of Darkness. Many of the same themes, and even phrases are used here, such as the chapter titled "The Horror." Conrad, though, is a better writer. Mitford does well with the adventure, the descriptions of the natives and their cannibalism, and so on. The romance portions of it leave me flat, however. Also, I did not connect to any of the characters, and the victorian writing style is a little cumbersome. It seems that ...more
Pessimism, complete contempt of social structures, and a demon-god vampire spider, like Shelob. All in all, quite enjoyable.
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Bertram Mitford was an English essayist and novelist, many of whose works were set in South Africa.
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