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One of the most extravagantly dark works of Gothic fiction ever written in English, admired by the likes of Lord Byron and the Marquis de Sade, The Monk drew a firestorm of criticism when it was published in 1796. Contemporaries condemned it as "lewd," "libidinous and impious." "Lust, murder, incest, and every atrocity that can disgrace human nature," one critic cried, "br...more
The book out-Gothics all the Gothic novels you ever read, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey isn't even related to the raw perversion and criminality of this madcap horror ride through the forbidden where taboos fall one by one as the The Monk, unable to live up to his vows gives in to ever ...more
When I was younger, I avoided this book because the literary snob in me--a much more insistent voice back then than now--had decided, on the basis of ”informed opinion,” that “The Monk” was merely an exercise in sensationalism, a device for producing horrific thrills through the deliberate, exploitative use of cheap effects and anti-Catholic stereotypes.
Now that I have read it, I see that the literary snob in me had a point. “The Monk” is all of these things. But it is also more.
I think the you ...more
1. He lusts after his sister.
2. He becomes obsessed.
3. He tries to rape his sister.
4. He goes insane.
5. He tries to kill his sister.
6. He yields his soul to Satan.
7. The end
He's just a little bit too creepy; he’s a complete sex pest with stalker like tendencies.
This is incredibly Gothic, more so than most Gothic classics. But, is t ...more
Alright, this book is hilarious.
However, there are a few spoilers in this review. If you think you’ll read The Monk someday (and you should, seriously), maybe come back to this another time. Or don’t, who knows, maybe it won’t be so bad? Maybe this is the best, most spoiler free review you’ll ever read in your life? (see, I’m tempting you, because it’s the theme of the book!).
След “Дракула” на Брам Стокър, която от миналата година се радва на постоянен читателски интерес (а около Хелоуин имаше и страхотен пик), видях колко смисъл има да се правят класически романи в достойно оформление – с въвеждащи предговори, с подробни бележки и разяснения. Тази възможност до голяма степен се дължи, че се “намерихме” със Слави Ганев, истински ерудит в областта на готическата литера ...more
This book was quite a surprise. Yes, there are all sorts of hypocritical Monk-y debauchery and lustful, euphemism-filled scenes. But there are also two romantic subplots that filled with action, swashbuckling heroes, damsels in distress and deceit. All three stories end up intertwining in unexpected ways.
Did more people in olden times have prosopagnosia, or what? Why was it so damn easy to disguise yourself?
I had all sorts of naughty fun reading even more f ...more
Ο 19χρονος είναι ο Matthew Lewis και το μακροσκελές μαγικό ξόρκι που ακινητοποιεί και κρατάει το βλέμμα καρφωμένο στις σελίδες του είναι φυσικά ο Καλόγερος!
Ένα αριστουργηματικό γοτθικό μυθιστόρημα γεμάτο ανατριχιαστικές σκηνές όπου η πραγματικότητα και οι δεισιδαιμονίες γίνονται ένα, σκοτεινά μοναστήρια όπου το πάθος και η φιληδονία έχουν ηγετικό ρό ...more
For being only 19 when he wrote it and during the particular time period, he was very astute at the cultural swing that was occuring at the time. There is even a note of awarene ...more
If you like that sort of writing, go read this book. It's got lots and lots of pages of it.
A du ...more
(Цялото ревю е тук: http://knijenpetar.blogspot.bg/2016/0...)
Рядко ми се случва да чета книги на повече от век, а „Монахът“ („Deja Book“, 2016, с превод на Слави Ганев и Радостина Горанова) е написана преди повече от два. Ясно е, че това не е исторически роман, а самата История от плът и кръв, така да се каже – един литературен пра-прадядо на куп жанрове и вестител на цяла плеяда класически произведения, които все още се четат с наслаждение и любопитство от съврем ...more
The main story is about a man's fall from the highest of grace and rank t ...more
"An author, whether good or bad, or between both, is an animal whom everybody is privileged to attack; For though all are not able to write books, all conceive themselves able to judge them."
Matthew Lewis, even at the age of 19 when he wrote this classic Gothic romance in 1796, was able to accurately predict the reaction to his first novel. It was both praised and reviled by the critics. It was certainly controversial ...more
The first idea of this Romance was suggested by the story of the Santon Barsisa, related in The Guardian.—The Bleeding Nun is a tradition still credited in many parts of Germany; and I have been told that the ruins of the Castle of Lauenstein, which She is supposed to haunt, may yet be seen upon the borders of Thuringia.—The Water-King, from the third to the twelfth stanza, is the fragment of an original Danish Ballad—And Belerma and Dura ...more
Es una novela gótica escrita hace 200 años y su autor tenía apenas 19 años. Eso ya para mi es sorprendente porque no ha envejecido tanto. Es bastante fluida y entretenida para ser una historia tan antigua. Ayuda que trata un tema universal: la religión, fanatismo, prejuicios y supersticiones, que no creo que pasen de moda.Me sorprendió la crítica tan fuerte a ...more
And, as usual, it’s through these so criticized new ideas that the novel gained its celebrity and its place of reference among Gothic works, considering that even its most famous critic, Coleridge, couldn’t go past the prejudices of his time w ...more
Sprinkle in a young female novice who dabbles in the dark arts, some good ole rape and incest, the Grand Inquisition, and appearances by a few ghosts and yes, even the Devil... and you have yourself one helluva storyline!
Based on plot and development alone, the book would warrent 5 stars. Three seemingly separate stories slowly intertwine to create ...more
It can't be accused of being terribly well-written, so you know that old debate between eloquence and plot? If you tip heavily toward eloquence, you might not like this as much.
But for me, clawing my way out of a pit of Oh-So-Literary books starved for plot...it's just what I needed. The only 18th-century book that I had more fun with was Voltaire's Candide.
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Matthew Gregory Lewis was the firstborn child of Matthew and Frances Maria Sewell Lewis. His father, Matthew Lewis was the son of William Lewis and Jane Gregory. He was born in Jamaica in 1750. He attended Westminster School before proceeding ...more