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Zofloya by Charlotte Dacre
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Oct 11, 08

Read in October, 2008

I wasn't sure whether to give this book three or four stars. The writing is more deserving of three stars; however, this novel marks a very different direction in gothic literature. Often considered simply a retelling of Lewis' The Monk with a female Ambrosio, Zofloya is much more. First of all, unlike Radcliffe's ,The Italian, also a retelling of The Monk, Dacre constructs a very different plot. She also avoids religion, so unlike Lewis' book, this one cannot be seen as being anti-Catholic. Victoria also marks a new kind of character: a female "demon" who does not look in the least demonic. She is also fully realized sexually. She is the precursor of characters like Lady Audley. Zofloya is far away from the "terror" novels of Anne Radcliffe and may be the first example of a horror novel written by a woman.
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