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The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis
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Oct 29, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: brit-classics, reviewed, recommended, read-in-2008
Read in October, 2008

This is that "shocking" book mentioned in Austen's Northanger Abbey. For most of it, I didn't find it shocking at all....until Chapter 6 that is. Then, it's like....o...m...g.... was this really published in 1796?! Jane Austen read this??!!

It's not scandalous because of the few naughty acts that occur, it's because of the person who is committing them. Ambrosio was the most beloved abbot in Madrid; he is the epitome of all that is good, kind, honest, and devoted to religion. One fateful day he succumbs to temptation, and the results of his violent, erotic downward spiral are "shocking" indeed. "Naughty" doesn't even begin to cover it. But the book is not written in a gross or disgusting way at all. In fact, it's written so well and is so fast-paced that you can't put it down.

This book is NOT about non-stop dirty deeds. There are several other characters (good characters), honestly I had a hard time keeping track of who was who. It all gets sorted out in the end, though.

Don't let any of the above deter you from reading this masterpiece of a gothic novel. Even 200 years later, it's contents will make your eyes widen. Ultimately, it's a story about morals, about good versus bad.

The ending was brilliant!


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Anette Lovely review!

I always wanted to read this, but for some reason I thought it would be too 'hard' and complicated, and that it wouldn't be as shocking to me as it obviously was to Jane.

I will definitely read it now, you made it sound so exciting, Stacey!!

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