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The Sorrows of Satan or The Strange Experience of One Geoffrey Tempest, Millionaire

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  632 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
The Sorrows of Satan was one of the first modern bestsellers and was influential in establishing some of the major trends in twentieth-century bestselling fiction.
The setting is London, 1895, and the Devil is on the loose. He is searching for someone morally strong enough to resist temptation, but there seems little chance he will succeed. Britain is all but totally corru
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 27th 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 1895)
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Jan 16, 2015 Undine rated it it was ok
This is one of those "lost opportunity" sort of novels. The premise of this book was a potentially clever and compelling twist on the Faustian legend. Unfortunately, Corelli, in her inimitable way, turned would-be Gothic tragedy into Monty-Pythonesque vaudeville.

Corelli's writing style--melodramatic, preachy and completely humorless, even for her era--makes it impossible to take anything in this book seriously. During the passages most meant to thrill the reader, one is instead left giggling at
Sep 03, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
I can totally see why this was hailed as one of the first bestsellers. It was fascinating, dramatic, and easy to read, even with all the Victorian language. A bit ridiculous in spots, but I love ridiculous, so it's okay. It also has amazingly drawn characters, something I think is often lacking in a lot of the that "high literary classic" genre. The characters of Mavis Clare and of course Lucio Rimanez were especially vivid. It also did a wonderful job of descriptive setting without bogging down ...more
Morten Schoubye
Mar 02, 2013 Morten Schoubye rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that one comes across by accident. It is not featured in any of the anthologies or histories of English literature that the Tweed Mafia produces every year. A Faustian tale with a surprising twist at the end and a rather sympathetic Devil makes this a wonderful read. For those budding authors out there, Corelli's representation of how to deal with critics is both inspiring and funny. I will not tell you what it is, let us just say it involves keeping owls in cages.
Sep 04, 2015 Sandy rated it it was ok
The glowing reviews everywhere really hyped this piece up for me, but I'm sorry to say that this book is sorely disappointing by modern standards. Don't get me wrong, it started rather well, but it then quickly ran out of steam not terribly far into the story... almost as if there was a diminishing rate of return on the number of pages read.

*Nothing but 1 dimensional characters who speak nothing but purple prose
*There's a crazy obvious Mary Sue character
*The novel spends more time as
Ayat Mahmoud
اعتقد ان النص الاصلي هيكون مشوق.. هاحاول أدور عليه واقراه
Jenn McCollum
The "sorrows" of Satan are many in this text, as the fallen angel takes the form of Lucio Ramanez and is bound to carry out a pact with God based on an accusation that he uttered in haste. To the best of his ability, he must tempt man to surrender his soul, all the while longing to redeem himself in God's eyes. He tempts Geoffrey Tempest, who is an idealistic writer on the verge of starvation, with five million dollars (which he accepts). All the while that Ramanez pushes Tempest toward more sin ...more
Catherine Siemann
Jan 23, 2011 Catherine Siemann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: victorians
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I borrowed this book from the library at my uni, and I don't remember why, since it hasn't been recommended to me or anything like that. Now I'm just glad it's a library book and not something I paid money for, because I'm just so disappointed by it.

It started out promisingly! (That seems to be a trend with books I pick up. Worrying.) The Devil is a handsome man with a secret! The protagonist is an oblivious author/jerk! I thought the book would be far more entertaining in how it revealed Lucio'
Dina Hady
Aug 23, 2014 Dina Hady rated it really liked it
The soul of a sinner is indeed a sight to look at, the delicacy it feels of how fragile it's in the absence of its great Lord and Master, thus the soul of a sinner is sorrowful, yet in its sorrow it dons the cloak the repentance which brings a human's soul to the utmost point of clarity, that we have the capability of both right and wrong, and we are in constant need of the our Lord to protect us from both, because the arrogance of superiority and the the illusion of not doing wrong was and is t ...more
Sadiqa Ismail
Jul 31, 2014 Sadiqa Ismail rated it it was amazing
The book was amazing. I felt the language and the vocabulary very enriching and all in all, I felt like i learnt a lot from the book. The meaning of the story was very propounding and it touched very very interesting and philosophical concepts and themes that not all of us have pondering on. The real impact of riches and Mammon is something that society portrays to be so desirable and fabulous. Until we see its real impact on all areas in our life. This story also touched the realms of Evil as i ...more
حمد المطر
القصة ممتعة جدا، عامرة بالأحداث، وللاسف هي قصة كلاسيكية من عصر كلاسيكي، وانا قرأتها في زمني حيث كان احداثها جدا متوقعة بالنسبة لي، فاحداثها بين فاوست ومئة قصة حديثة اخرى.

رواية عجيبة من النوع الذي فيه شيطان وملاك وخير وشر وفلسفة لكل هذه الأيقونات

اريد الكتابة عن ناحية الترجمة، كانت ترجمة من يد احمد توفيق من كتابي المحببين، ترجمته لها سياسات منها: الاختصار الشديد حتى الكل يستمتع بها، فرص أسلوبه فيها حيث اعطاها رونق روايات سلسلة ما وراء الطبيعة، واختصر الكليشيهات والمشاهد الطويلة المشهورة بها روايات
Jan 20, 2016 Bettie☯ marked it as wish-list
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Far From the Sodding Crowd
Description: The setting is London, 1895, and the Devil is on the loose. He is searching for someone morally strong enough to resist temptation, but there seems little chance he will succeed. Britain is all but totally corrupt. The aristocracy is financially and spiritually bankrupt; church leaders no longer believe in God; Victorian idealism has been banished from literature and life; and sexual morality is being undermined by the pernicious doctrines of the "New Woman." Everything and everyone ...more
Riham Adly
Jan 02, 2013 Riham Adly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wow, this book just left me speechless. Inspite of the traditional story of devil seducing man, marie coreili just managed to produce an epic story, superb and huge. the only drawback is the excessive wordiness but regarding that this book was written early on in the last century, one could get past that. wonderful plot, great style, very interesting.
Sara Abd el ma'aboud
معجبنيش مشهد المواجهة اللي في الآخر
مش عارفة الإيمان المطلق بييجي ازاي بس محدش ليتعلم بدري مباشر كده
كل حاجة بتحصل بيبقى أثرها فى النفس فيه نسبة شك
مفيش حاجة اسمها يقين مطلق واللا مكانش يبقى فيه معاناه بشرية و اختبار في الدنيا من الاساس
Nov 16, 2009 Sylvia rated it it was amazing
oh my God!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 03, 2016 Victoria rated it it was ok
DNF 50%
Lucio overacted.
محمد عبداللطيف
رواية جميلة بها جانب فلسفي جيد
Muhammed Badr
Dec 01, 2014 Muhammed Badr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يكفي فخرا لماري كوريللي ان يوسف وهبة سرق روايتها وعمل سيناريو وفيلم سفير جهنم :D
Jul 24, 2009 Ibiso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagination is what creats the world.
Jan 21, 2014 Roger rated it really liked it
I picked this up as a free download, not having heard of Marie Corelli before. But Mrs had (Mrs actually does know everything) and Corelli was, in her day, far more popular than her contemporary writers like Conan-Doyle. For some reason she has faded since.
This particular book tells the story of Geoffrey Tempest, a starving writer, who falls in with Prince Lucio Rimanez. It is obvious enough that the Prince is really the Devil, though to Tempest he is a hugely helpful friend. He arrives just as
Aug 27, 2010 Dave rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“The Sorrows of Satan: Or the Strange Experience of one Geoffrey Tempest, Millionaire” by Marie Corelli, fails on many levels. As a result, I found it to be the worst of her first eight. The concept of the story is not a bad one, and it would serve as a nice counter to her previous novel, “Barabbas”. Nor is this novel a repeat of anything she had written before, though certainly reading her previous works detracts from this one because the reader then knows how Corelli writes and develops a stor ...more
Jul 05, 2011 Vishy rated it really liked it
'The Sorrows of Satan' is about a poor writer called Geoffrey Tempest, who becomes a millionaire overnight and how that changes his life. ‘The Sorrows of Satan’ could be called a Faustian fable. It asks interesting questions on human life and wants and desires and makes the reader think on what is the good life and what is the best way to get it. It also throws interesting light on the contrasts between rich and poor, fame and anonymity, truth and imagination, science and faith and attempts to s ...more
Sep 10, 2011 Bbrown rated it liked it
A fascinating and unintentionally hilarious book that illustrates wonderfully the difference between a book being popular and a book being good. Marie Corelli was perhaps the first best selling author (brought about by a move away from the library system to a private buyer system) and she wrote the equivalent of what airport thrillers are today.

A struggling writer is is saved by making a deal with a mysterious stranger, and he begins to descend into vice under the guidance of said stranger, a By
Dec 04, 2012 Mel rated it really liked it
Oddly I found Corelli's book about Satan to be more preachy than her one about Christ. There was a lot of things that I loved in this book. Her inditement of the late 19th century printing industry was quite interesting, and the characters were all very amusing. Satan she made sympathetic by having him not enjoy his work, while he tried to cause the ruin of the main and minor characters he hated them for succumbing to him, rather than enjoying their decedance. Indeed Satan would have been an ent ...more
Robin Asati
Feb 03, 2014 Robin Asati rated it it was amazing
I accidentally stumbled upon this book and I don't regret it. What all can I do if I happen to inherit a fortune? Will I be willing to sell my soul to the devil? I had thought about this many a times and that's what forced me to keep on reading this and complete it in a week.
Marie's writing style is a bit complex and reminds me of Ayn Rand. Those lengthy descriptions of each and every event, slightest of the emotions, a smile, fear, blinking eyes...whatever it may be.Marie has written about ever
Jan 29, 2011 Atishay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sorrows of Satan is a faustian novel that tells the story of one Geoffrey Tempest, an aspiring author who has high belief in the orignality of his writings and hopes to earn literary fame in his career. However, as all aspiring authors of that generation hoping to make big, Tempest is penniless and starving in his rented home, depressed and at the rock bottom in his career.
That's when he recieves three letters, first from his old friend in Australia who offers to introduce him to a friend who m
Lee Lacy
Apr 23, 2014 Lee Lacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodandevil
Very cool, over the top version of the Faust legend, with an interesting twist:

“Arise, Lucifer, Son of the Morning! One soul rejects thee,—one hour of joy is granted thee! Hence and arise!”

For every soul who rejects Satan absolutely, Satan gets one hour in view of heaven; Corelli's view is that Satan could be saved.

I got a very old copy of this at an estate sale, just because the book was pretty, and I like Faustian legends; didn't find out it was something of a big deal until I did some resear
Paul Fadoju
Oct 21, 2011 Paul Fadoju rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good uptake from Marie Correlli concerning Satan. The story goes about a young impoverished writer who is abjectly poor. A long lost Uncle then left him a big windfall, which open doors for him beyond his imagination. With his money he could get whatever he wants and also arrange it to have a successful outcome, all this was possible via the wisdom of Prince Ramirez who has such a great influence on all aspect of life but turned out to be the great deceiver. I love the moral of the story ...more
Chaza Khaled
Aug 26, 2014 Chaza Khaled rated it did not like it
الرواية عبارة عم فيلم رعب ردئ !
في تشابه مريب بين شخصية لوتشيو اللي بيمثل الشيطان و بين يوسف وهبي في فيلم سفير جهنم لما عمل دور الشيطان بردو . عامة مكتوب في المقدمة ان الرواية كانت شعبية جدا في مصر في أوائل القرن العشرين .
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استفزوني و شايفة انهم يستحقوا الذكر - طبعا كانوا على لسان لوتشيو اللي هو الشيطان :
" , الأنثى هى كائن غير كامل ,كائن بلا روح هى أنثى الرجل فقط و ليس من حقها أن تختار"

"لماذا تكره النساء يا لوتشيو ؟ "
"لأن بوسعهن أن يمنحن الفضيلة و الخير و لكنهن يتخلين عن هذه القد
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Marie Corelli (born Mary Mackay) was a best-selling British novelist of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, whose controversial works of the time often label her as an early advocate of the New Age movement.

In the 1890’s Marie Corelli’s novels were eagerly devoured by millions in England, America and the colonies. Her readers ranged from Queen Victoria and Gladstone, to the poorest of shop girls. In
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